The Grayson County Cougars assured themselves a spot in next week’s 3rd Region Tournament with a one-sided, 57-40 win over Whitesville Trinity in last Tuesday’s opening round of the 12th District Tournament.
The Cougars (11-15) advanced to Friday night’s final where they were scheduled to face the fourth-seeded Butler County Bears, who upset the top-seeded Edmonson County Wildcats 77-68 in the tournament opener.
The Cougars had split their two games against Trinity (14-16), with the Raiders winning on their home court on a buzzer-beating three pointer, and the Cougars eking out a four-point win on their home court.
This game was different as the Cougars clamped down defensively from the outset and putting together a 10-0 run that started in the first period and ended in the second that put them firmly in the driver’s seat the rest of the night.
Trinity started out hot, racing out to a 6-1 advantage less than two minutes into the first period. But the Cougars fired back with five straight to tie things 6-6 on Bailey Logsdon’s three-pointer with 4:35 left in the period.
Trinity’s Eric Howard put the Raiders back on top 8-6 with a pair of free throws with 2:43 left, but that would be Trinity’s last lead of the night. Conner Schultz started the 10-0 Grayson County run with a lay-up with 1:45 remaining in the first period and he finished it off at the 6:06 mark of the second period with another lay-up to give the Cougars a 16-8 lead.
The Raiders closed back to within six points of the lead, 18-12 with 1:55 left, but Trey Goff buried a short jumper to beat the buzzer to give Grayson County an eight-point lead, 20-12 at the half.
The Cougars pretty much put the game away at the start of the third quarter when they opened with another 10-0 run, including back-to-back three-pointers from Goff. That opened up an 18-point Grayson County advantage and forced the Raiders to call a timeout to try and right their ship.
When Logsdon scored on a driving, reverse lay-up with 1:33 left in the period, the Cougars held their largest lead of the game, 22 points at 41-19. They led by 18, 41-23 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Trinity’s Blake Midkiff opened the fourth period with a three-pointer that cut the lead to 15 points, 41-26, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way. Midkiff led the Raiders on the night with 11 points.
Goff hit three three-pointers on the night and finished with a game-high 17 points and he added seven rebounds and four steals. Logsdon joined Goff in double figures with 13 points and he led the team on the glass with nine rebounds. He also led the team with three assists.
Schultz was the third Cougars to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points and adding three rebounds, two assists and four steals.
Gage Akridge scored six points for the Cougars, while Tanner Tyra and Cole Akridge finished with four each. Both players added five rebounds. Jack Davis came off the bench to add two points to complete the Cougar scoring.
Be sure to check out next Wednesday’s News-Gazette for the results of Friday’s 12th District Championship.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.