The Lady Cougars left no doubt about the outcome of the opener of the 12th District Tournament Monday night at Cougar Gym as they crushed the Whitesville Trinity Lady Raiders, 79-18. With the win, the Lady Cougars assured themselves a spot in next week’s 3rd Region Tournament which will be held at the Sportscenter, in Owensboro.
In something of an oddity, all the Lady Raiders’ points were scored by one player, sophomore forward Erin Kinsey. Twelve of those points came on three-point shots.
The Lady Cougars dressed 13 players for the game; all 13 players played in the game and 11 of them reached the scoring column.
Kinsey’s three-pointer at the 6:32 mark of the first period put the Lady Raiders on the board and brought them to within a point of the lead at 4-3. That would be as close as the visitors would be the rest of the way. The Lady Cougars responded with 16 unanswered points to lead 20-3 at the 4:13 mark.
Kinsey hit another three with 3:58 left to play to stop the Grayson County run, but the Lady Cougars then scored the next 10 points to lead by 24 points, 30-6 at the end of the first period. Pierce hit a pair of threes in the period and scored 10 points, while Grace White scored nine.
Pierce opened the second period with her third three of the night, and when Breana Minton followed with a lay-in at the 6:56 mark, Grayson County led by 29 points, 35-6.
Kinsey hit her third three of the game at the 5:47 mark to make it 35-9, but those would be the only Trinity points of the period. Grayson County scored the last 10 points of the period to lead by 36 points, 45-9 at the half.
The 36-point margin meant that the entire second half would be played with a running clock, by the KHSAA’s mercy rule.
The Lady Cougars held Trinity to just two points in the third period, a lay-up by Kinsey less than a minute into the period, and they increased their lead to 50 points, 61-11 heading into the fourth quarter.
Lady Cougar head coach, Daniel Pharris, emptied his bench in the fourth quarter, but Grayson County still outscored the Lady Raiders 18-9 in the period to win going away.
Pierce led all scorers in the game with 17 points, including three three-pointers. White joined Pierce in double figures with 12 points and she led the team with five rebounds. Allie Horton was the third Lady Cougar to reach double figures, finishing with 10 points. Horton led the team with four assists and six steals.
Shannon Smith hit a pair of threes and finished with eight points, while Mackenzie Edwards had seven. Two players, Minton and eighth-grader Kenzie Renfrow scored six points each, and Renfrow added five steals. Brandi Minton and Bailey Snyder both scored four points, while Hannah Saltsman added three. Laura Vincent finished with two points to round out the Lady Cougar scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.