Maybe it didn’t look pretty, or raise anyone’s blood pressure, but the Lady Cougars got the job done Monday evening at Owensboro’s Sportscenter as they defeated the McLean County Lady Cougars 43-28 in the opening round of the 3rd Region Tournament.
Following that game, the upset of the tournament happened when the Breckinridge County Lady Tigers, behind their fabulous point guard, Lily Grimes, defeated the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces 61-56.
That means that two ancient, blood rivals will face off in a semifinal game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. to determine which of the two will advance to the final on Sunday. Apollo and Edmonson County are lurking in the other half of the bracket for whichever team advances.
A wounded McLean County team limped into the regional tournament having lost nine of its last 10 games and were without the services of their only senior, Sarah King. Junior Whitley Patterson had a fine game for McLean, with a game-high 14 points, but it was not enough against Grayson County on this evening.
The Lady Cougars got evenly spaced scoring with Allie Horton leading the way with 11 points, while Grace White, and Mackenzie Edwards off the bench, added 10 points each. Horton added five rebounds and Edwards led the team with five steals. White led the team on the glass with eight rebounds.
The score stayed close in the early going, but with it knotted at 8-8 with 1:42 left in the first quarter, the Lady Cougars put on a 9-0 burst that put them up 17-8 at the start of the second period.
McLean scored the first four points of the second quarter to close their gap to just five points, 17-12 at the 6:20 mark, but the Lady Cougars got back-to-back, three-point daggers from Horton and freshman Kenzie Renfrow to give them an 11-point lead, 23-12 with 3:54 left to play in the half. The Lady Cougars led by 13 points, 27-14 at the half.
Two free throws by White with 1:06 remaining in the third quarter saw the Lady Cougars holding a 14-point advantage, 33-19, but McLean’s Hadley Rice hit the team’s only three-pointer of the night with 51 seconds left, and it was an 11-point contest, 33-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
It was at this point that the junior, Edwards, put her imprint upon the game. She opened the scoring with a lay-up at the 7:45 mark, stole the ball and scored again with 7:25 left to make it 37-22.
She picked up a rebound of a McLean miss, then went to the foul line at the 6:09 mark and hit 1-of-2 to make it 38-22. She went to the line again with 5:01 left to be played and hit 1-of-2 once more to make it 39-22. In just short of three minutes, Edwards had scored six straight point and Grayson County led by 17, 39-22, and it was all but decided.
Just two other Lady Cougars scored in the game. Senior Shannon Smith got the game off on the right foot by burying her first shot attempt, a three-pointer, and she would hit two more in the game to finish with nine points.
Renfrow finished with three points and she added four steals off the bench.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.