By Don Brown
November 22, 2013
A week after Grayson County got two wins on the Scotties home court in Glasgow, the Scotties got a split of the two games in Cougar Gym on Thursday night.
Playing probably their most lackluster game all season, the seventh grade girls fell to 10-6 with a 32-21 loss to the Scotties.
Behind 17 points from Mackenzie Edwards, the eighth-grade girls improved to 14-2 on the season with a wire-to-wire, 35-17 win.
The game was all but over when the Scotties scored the first eight points of the game. The Lady Cougars never showed any signs of life after that.
They had a number of opportunities during the game to make it close, but they could never capitalize. Trailing by seven in the second period, Grayson County had six empty trips, four of them turnovers. Trailing by seven again in the third quarter, the Lady Cougars went empty on eight straight possessions, four of them turnovers.
All tolled, the Lady Cougars turned the ball over 23 times in the game, allowing the visitors to hold the lead from start to finish.
After falling behind 8-0 with a little over three minutes left in the first period, the Lady Cougars pulled back to within six of the lead, 12-6 heading into the second quarter.
Bailey Snyder’s six-foot runner at the 4:00 mark of the second period made it 15-8. The Scotties went scoreless for nearly two minutes afterward, but the Lady Cougars could not take advantage. They still trailed by seven, 18-11 at the half.
Kenzie Renfrow hit 1-of-2 at the line at the 3:45 mark to make it 19-12. The Lady Cougars then had eight empty possessions before Kaylee Masden broke the drought with 1:23 left to make it 23-12.
A Masden three-pointer with 36 seconds left brought the Lady Cougars to within six of the lead, 23-17, but Glasgow’s Jaden Franklin scored with nine seconds left to push the lead back up to eight, 25-17 as the fourth quarter began.
Still in the game, the Lady Cougars turned the ball over seven more times in the fourth quarter, taking away any chance they may have had for a comeback.
Masden led all scorers with 11 points in a losing effort. She also led the team with four steals. Kandler Lindsey had five points and led the Lady Cougars with seven rebounds.
Snyder finished with four points and added four rebounds and three steals. Renfrow finished with one point to complete the scoring and led the team with five assists. Keragan Collard did not score, but had six rebounds for the Lady Cougars.
Grayson County opened the game by scoring the first six points. Glasgow’s Kayla Hale hit a three-pointer at the 1:17 mark to stop the run, but back-to-back baskets by Edwards and Hannah Saltsman closed out the scoring to give the Lady Cougars a 10-3 lead as the first period ended.
Grayson County then scored the first eight points of the second period to complete a 12-0 run that put them in front by 15 points, 18-3 with 3:51 left to play in the first half. They led 21-4 at the break.
The Lady Cougar defense continued to deny the Scotties as they held the visitors to just three points in the third quarter. Grayson County led by 23 points, 30-7 heading into the final period.
With the Lady Cougars subbing liberally in the fourth quarter, the Scotties were able to cut into the Grayson County lead. Hale had eight of her team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter as they took the margin under 20 points.
Edwards’ 17 points included a pair of three-pointers. The Lady Cougar point guard also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds, and also added three assists and three steals.
Saltsman scored eight points and added four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Breanna Frank scored five points and added eight rebounds, six of which came in the first period of play.
Brandi Minton scored three points and Shana Bradley had two to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.