Playing games with a split squad, the Cougar basketball team played four games on Saturday at Iroquois High School, in Louisville.
While perhaps not conducive to actually winning summer games, head coach Kelly Carwile went to the split squad to give his younger players a chance to play at a high level of competition. The Cougars were without the services of senior Dustin Woosley and sophomore Spencer Sharp, both of whom were dealing with injuries.
In the first game of the day, the number-two squad lost to Louisville Butler. No score of that contest was available.
Later in the afternoon, the Cougars played three-straight games. The number-one squad fell to a hot shooting South Oldham Dragon team 60-48. The number-two team then played Louisville Manual and lost 53-31. Finally, the number-one squad dropped a 60-41 decision to the Seneca Redhawks.
As the Golden State Warriors had done the night before in Cleveland, the Dragons made more three-point shots in this game than two-pointers.
The Dragons buried 15 threes in the game for 45 of their 60 points. Five points came from the free-throw line, so that meant the Dragons had hit just five two-point shots.
Despite that, the Cougars stayed close for most of the game. Sophomore guard Caleb Ray had a huge scoring day for Grayson County, hitting four three-pointers and finishing with a game-high 18 points. Senior Trey Goff had 13 for the Cougars.
A Ray three at the 14:08 mark of the first half tied the score 9-9, but the Dragons answered with back-to-back threes and a lay-up to go in front by eight points, 17-9 at the 12:46 mark.
A Dragon three with 10:48 left gave South Oldham its largest lead of the first half, 11 points at 23-12, but the Cougars clawed back. Jack Davis scored on a rebound basket, then hit 1-of-2 at the line to pull the Cougars back to within five points, 29-24 with 4:05 left. The Dragons then outscored the Cougars 7-4 the rest of the way to lead by eight points, 36-28 at the half.
When Grayson County scored the first four points of the second half, they had pulled to within four points of the lead, 36-32 at the 17:26 mark.
But the Cougars went cold and the Dragons heated up from outside after that. South Oldham outscored the Cougars 18-4 to lead 54-36 with 7:41 left to play. All 18 points came on shots from behind the arc.
The Cougars closed out the game with a 12-6 run, but it was not enough to overcome the hot-handed Dragons.
In addition to his 13 points, Goff led the Cougars on the glass with nine rebounds. Davis finished with seven points. Senior Conner Schultz had a terrific all-around game, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds. He led the team with five assists and five steals.
Junior Jordan Stallings closed out the Cougar scoring with four points and he added three rebounds.
Grayson County started slowly in this one as the Crimsons spurted to a 9-1 lead at the 12:40 mark of the first half.
A Logan Majors three-pointer with 9:38 left capped a 7-2 Cougar run that brought them back to within three points, 11-8. Still trailing by three, 13-10 with 6:09 left, the Cougars saw the Crimsons close out the half on a 10-5 spurt to give them a 23-15 lead at the half.
The Crimson opened with a 5-1 run and the Cougars were never closer than eight points afterward.
Junior guard Bailey Logsdon led the Cougars with 12 points. Majors joined Logsdon in double figures with 10 points. Sophomore Josh Embry scored six points and added four rebounds. D. J. Turner scored two points and led the team with six rebounds. Rylee Shoemaker had one point to complete the scoring.
The Cougars stayed close in the early going, but a shooting barrage by the Redhawks’ Tayquan Smith put them behind at the half.
A three-pointer by Ray at the 9:40 mark tied the score 14-14, but the Redhawks closed out the half with a 17-9 run to lead by eight points, 31-23 at the half. Smith scored 11 of his 17 points in the last 9:40 of the half, including three shots from behind the arc.
The Cougars were still in the game at the start of the second half. A short jumper by Stallings at the 14:43 mark pulled Grayson County to within two points of the lead, 37-35, but they would get no closer. Seneca responded with a 15-3 run to give them a 14-point advantage, 52-38 with 4:00 left and the game was pretty much decided.
Seneca senior Dayshawn Chaney was the difference in the second half as he scored 13 of his game-high 19 points.
Goff hit four three-pointers and led the Cougars with 15 points and he added four rebounds. Schultz scored 10 points and led the team with eight rebounds. Davis scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Ray and Stallings both scored four points to round out the scoring and Ray added three assists.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.