The Lady Cougars closed out their regular season last Friday evening with a surprisingly easy, 47-34 victory over the visiting Hancock County Lady Hornets.
In an earlier game, the JV Lady Cougars made it a sweep as they defeated the Lady Hornets 38-20 behind sophomore Mackenzie Edwards’ 15 points.
This figured to be a close game as the Lady Hornets came into it sporting a fine record of 17-10, but they were never really in it after Grayson County scored the first 11 points of the night. The final score was really no indication of how dominant the Lady Cougars were throughout the game.
The Lady Cougars led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter, but Hancock closed out the game on a 10-1 run that made the final score a bit closer.
Grayson County forced Hancock into 10 first-period turnovers and they took advantage to score the game’s first 11 points. Grace White scored nine of the Lady Cougars’ 13 first-quarter points as they raced out to a 13-3 advantage heading into the second period of play.
Grayson County kept applying pressure in the second period, creating six more turnovers as they outscored the Lady Hornets 17-6 to lead by 21 points, 30-9 at the half.
When Hannah Saltsman scored on a lay-in at the 5:13 mark of the third quarter, Grayson County held its largest lead of the night, 25 points at 38-13. They led by 19, 41-22 at the start of the fourth quarter.
White hit a 10-footer at the 5:34 mark of the fourth period to make it 46-24 and that would be Grayson County final field goal. The Lady Hornets closed out the game by outscoring Grayson County 10-1 to make the final score a bit more palatable.
Ashlee Orr led the Lady Hornets with 13 points. White led the Lady Cougars with a game-high 19 points and she also led in rebounds, with nine, and steals, with five.
Saltsman joined White in double figures with 15 points, and she added six rebounds. Sarah Pierce scored nine points, all of them coming on three shots behind the arc. Allie Horton and Breana Minton had two points apiece to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.
The Lady Cougars scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed the rest of the way. Hancock’s Olivia Potts stopped the Lady Cougar run with a three-pointer with 1:23 left in the opening period, but Brandi Minton hit a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left and Edwards beat the buzzer at the end of the period with a three-pointer to give the Lady Cougars a commanding 14-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
When Grayson County opened the second stanza with an 8-2 run, they led by 17 points, 22-5 with 3:58 left in the first half. They still led by 17, 26-9 at the end of the second period.
Shannon Smith’s three-pointer at the 2:53 mark of the third quarter, her second of the game, gave the Lady Cougars a 22-point lead, 31-9. They led by 20 points, 34-14 at the start of the final period of play.
When eighth-grader Bailey Snyder scored on a runner in the lane with 3:56 left to play, Grayson County held its largest lead of the night, 24 points at 38-14.
In addition to her 15 points, Edwards also led the Lady Cougars with five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Smith finished with eight points, Snyder had six, Minton had five and Kenzie Renfrow had four to round out the scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.