The Grayson County Cougars saw their season come to an ignominious end Thursday evening in Owensboro’s Sportscenter as they were demolished by the Meade County Green Wave 61-35 in the opening round of the 3rd Region Tournament.
The Cougars (11-17) finished the season being ice cold from the field. Against the Butler County Bears in last week’s 12th District championship game the Cougars shot just 37 percent.
Against Meade, they were even colder, hitting just 11-of-52 field goals, a miserable 21 percent. The Cougars missed all 11 of their shots in the first quarter and trailed 16-0 heading into the second period. Grayson County did not get onto the board until the 7:02 mark of the second period when Trey Goff buried a 10-foot, pull-up jumper. Grayson County trailed 20-2 at that point.
Meanwhile it seemed the Green Wave (21-10) could not miss. James Baker, Meade’s 6-foot, 6-inch center, hit all four of his shots in the first quarter. Josh Durbin scored Meade’s other eight first-period points, including a three-pointer, and the Green Wave led 16-0 heading into the second quarter. Durbin finished leading all scorers in the game with 23 points, while Baker added 16.
The Cougars trailed by 22 points at the half, 30-8. Goff scored all eight of the Cougars’ points with that short jumper and two three-point shots. At the half, Grayson County had hit just 3-of-25 shots from the field, a polar 12 percent.
The Cougars came out with a little more fire at the start of the third period, hitting three of their first four shots to cut their deficit to 18 points, 32-14 following a 15-footer by senior Tanner Tyra at the 5:58 mark.
But that would their best shot. The Cougars missed their next eight opportunities and the Waves took advantage to the tune of a 13-2 run, including nine straight, to increase their lead to 29 points, 45-16 with 1:56 left in the period. Meade led by 25 points, 47-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
Twice in the fourth period the Waves were within two points of taking a 35-point lead, which would have meant a mercy-rule game with a running clock, but the Cougars were able to escape each time to avoid that embarrassment.
Goff and Tyra led the Cougars in scoring with eight points apiece. Freshman Josh Embry came off the bench at the end of the game and scored five points in less than minute on the floor.
Cole Akridge and Bailey Logsdon both scored four points, and Spencer Sharp hit one shot from behind the arc for his three points. Conner Schultz scored two points, but led the team on the boards with eight rebounds. Jack Davis closed out the scoring with one point.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.