Grayson Sophomore Q'Daryius McHenry dribbles past a defender during the Cougars 47-45 loss to Muhlenberg County Thursday night.

Grayson Sophomore Q'Daryius McHenry dribbles past a defender during the Cougars 47-45 loss to Muhlenberg County Thursday night.

The high school basketball season started this week, and the Grayson County boys team is already facing the ups and downs of the regular season.

The Cougars started their 2018-2019 campaign handling Apollo 66-45 on the road Tuesday but followed it up dropping the home opener to Muhlenberg County 47-45 on Thursday.

The young team that features only two seniors in their roster showed the high level at which they can play on the road but also that they still have a lot of room to grow.

In their first game, the duo of Spencer Sharp and Q'Daryius McHenry exploded offensively against the Eagles. McHenry led the way, having 24 points with six rebounds, while Sharp backed him up, getting 21 points with five rebounds of his own to get the 21-point win. Five other Cougars ended up getting their names on the scorer's sheet, opening the year in perfect fashion.

On Thursday they found out all games won't come that easily. They were stuck in a dogfight with Muhlenberg, with the game hovering around one possession for most of the time. McHenry came up with a clutch drive to tie the game at 45 with 20 seconds remaining, but the Mustangs converted the perfect inbounds play for Landon Gunterman to easily score with under two seconds left to take the game.

Nolan Shartzer was the top scorer of the game, scoring 19 points in the losing effort. The duo of McHenry and Sharp combined for just 21 points after getting 45 in the opener. The rest of the roster didn't produce either, getting just five points besides the three leaders.

The Cougars edged out ahead with 12-10 lead after the first quarter and tried defending it the rest of the way. It lasted less than a minute as Grayson opened up the first five minutes of the second quarter without scoring and were left trying to catch up for the rest of the half. Muhlenberg finished the quarter outscoring the Cougars 14-7 to go up 24-19 at the half.

It was not until there were only two minutes left in the third quarter that the Cougars finally made up the deficit, with Brett Peyton hitting a transition three to tie the game at 31. From there, the teams just traded baskets until the final few possessions.

The Cougars found their separation when Shartzer got an old fashion three-point play, and Sharp got an open transition layup to go up 39-35. Muhlenberg called a timeout to stop the quick scoring surge and grinded themselves back into the game, getting it to 41-40 with 1:30 left in the game.

McHenry got the momentum back to the Grayson crowd hitting an acrobatic layup where he Euro-stepped past a defender and flicked the ball towards the rim while falling to put them up 43-40.

Muhlenberg then did a complete 180 to the game, getting five points in a matter of seconds. The team grab an offensive rebound and found Gunterman open in the corner to hit a three and tie the game. He then responded by intercepting the ensuing inbounds pass and getting a free layup to grab the lead.

McHenry made up for the error by tying the game with another successful forceful drive toward the basket, but the Mustangs had the ball last.

With five seconds, they got the ball from the sideline and found an open Gunterman streaking along to hit a layup with only seconds on the clock that would just stick to an end.

Grayson will be back in action today when they travel to Fairdale for a 3:30 p.m. game.