The Lady Cougars moved a step closer to the .500 mark Monday night with an overwhelming, 49-16 victory over hapless Whitesville Trinity.
Grayson County moved to 7-8 with the win over a Lady Raider team that had won just twice in 10 games this season. All 16 players who dressed for this game saw action and 10 of them reached the scoring column. Fifteen different players recorded rebounds, 10 had assists and seven came up with at least one steal as the Lady Cougars dominated from start to finish.
Junior Kaylan Shull led the way for Grayson County, finishing with 17 points, one more than the entire Whitesville team, and pulling down six rebounds. Sophomore Sloane Embry came off the bench to score seven points, grab three rebounds and lead the team with four steals.
Shull opened the scoring in the game by hitting a three-pointer at the 7:19 mark to give the Lady Cougars a lead they would not give up.
Whitesville’s Hannah Armes scored on a lay-in at 6:53 to make it a 3-2 game, but the Lady Raiders would not score again until the 2:50 mark of the second quarter, when Kelsey Armes went to the free throw line for two technical foul shots. The scorekeeper had failed to place Jessica Johnson’s name in the scorebook. Armes’ two made free throws made it 23-4. The Lady Cougars led 25-4 at the half.
When Shull opened the third quarter with back-to-back three-pointers, the Lady Cougars took a 27-point lead, 31-4 with 7:10 left in the period. They still led by 27, 39-12, as the fourth quarter got under way.
Grayson County then scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter, including threes from Embry and Taylor Higdon to make it a 35-point game, 47-12 with 2:23 left.
Swift finished the game with six points and added three rebounds. Sarah Pierce and Grace White both scored four points, while Higdon finished with three. Four players, Breanna Fulkerson, Jodi Decker, Katie Beeler and Raven Shelton had two points each to round out the scoring. Fulkerson led the team with five assists, while Decker led the team on the boards with seven rebounds.