Hosting the Lady Tigers from Breckinridge County last Saturday evening, the Lady Cougars picked up a pair of wins over their neighboring rivals.
In the first game, the JV girls fell behind early, but came roaring back to run away from the visitors 54-36.
In the varsity game, the Lady Cougars had to fend off a Lady Tiger team bent on the upset. Grayson County led by just two at the start of the fourth quarter, but pulled away for a 74-63 win.
Maddie Stewart scored off the opening tip to give the Lady Cougars an early 2-0 lead, but the Lady Tigers answered with seven straight to lead by five at the 4:38 mark.
Grayson County then closed out the first quarter with an 18-4 run to lead by nine points, 20-11 heading into the second quarter. Breanna Fulkerson, Katie Hayes and Sarah Pierce all had three-pointers in the run, with Pierce’s coming in the final second of the period.
But the Lady Tigers opened the second period with an 11-2 run that saw the score knotted at 22-22 with 4:38 left in the half.
Another three from Hayes with 1:06 left gave the Lady Cougars a five point advantage, 30-25, but they led by just three, 32-29 at the half.
Back-to-back threes from Fulkerson and Stewart at the start of the third quarter pushed the lead back up to nine points, 38-29. The Lady Cougars still led by nine, 45-36 with 2:39 left, but the Lady Tigers closed out the period on a 9-2 run to pull to within two points, 47-45 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Pierce hit another three at the 7:46 mark to make it a five-point game, 50-45. The rest of the fourth quarter was then a back-and-forth affair. The Lady Tigers pulled to within two points of the lead twice in the closing minutes, the last time coming at 52-50 with 5:31 left, but they would get no closer.
The Lady Cougars hit 10-of-11 free throws in the game’s last two minutes to hold off the visitors and ice the win. Breck put three players into double figures, led by their eighth-grade point guard Lily Grimes with 17 points. Jenna Thornhill finished with 14 points, while Emma Payne had 11.
Stewart led all scorers with 26 points, including three three-pointers, and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kaylan Shull scored 15 points, led the team with five assists and shared the team lead on the boards with six rebounds.
Fulkerson was the third Lady Cougar in double figures with 12 points. Pierce and Hayes had six points apiece, while Grace White had five. Cassidy Swift and Jessica Johnson both had two points, and Johnson shared the team lead in rebounds with Stewart with six.
Breck’s Mary Hinton scored the game’s first seven points to put the Lady Tigers in front, but Katie Hayes answered with six straight to pull her team to within a point of the lead, 7-6 at the 3:02 mark.
Jessica Johnson hit a 15-footer with 2:14 left in the first quarter to give the Lady Cougars their first lead at 8-7, before Jennay Jeffries hit a free throw to tie things at 8-8 with 1:58 left. Grayson County led by one, 13-12 to start the second quarter.
The score was tied twice in the second period, the last time coming at 15-15 at the 3:42 mark. The Lady Cougars then closed out the first half on a 12-4 tear to lead by eight points, 27-19 at the half and they never trailed again.
An Allie Horton lay-up with 55 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead to that point, 15-points at 39-24, but Calla Henning closed out the scoring with a three pointer with 24 seconds remaining to make it a 12-point game, 39-27 as the fourth quarter began.
Kayla Young scored at the start of the final period to pull the Lady Tigers to within 10 points, 39-29, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Hinton led the Lady Tigers with 13 points. Hayes led Grayson County with 15 points. Sloane Embry had eight, Johnson added seven, and Hannah Saltsman scored six points.
Four players, Jodi Decker, Montana Woosley, Raven Shelton and Sarah Pierce all had four points, while Horton finished with two to complete the scoring.