By Don Brown
November 22, 2013
The middle school Lady Cougar basketball teams earned a pair of wins last Tuesday over visiting Butler County.
The seventh-grade girls never trailed as they improved to 10-5 on the season with a 30-21 win. The eighth-grade girls got a measure of revenge for an earlier loss in Morgantown as they blew out the Lady Bears 46-20.
Butler County’s Maddie Cardwell hit 1-of-2 at the line at the 5:24 mark to make it a one-point game, 2-1. That would turn out to be as close as the visitors would come to the lead the rest of the game. Grayson County scored the next six points and led 7-3 at the start of the second period.
Leading 12-6 at the 2:43 mark of the second quarter, the Lady Cougars scored seven unanswered points, capped off by a three-pointer by Kaylee Masden to lead 19-6 with 49 seconds left in the first half. They led 19-8 at the halftime break.
The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter, with the Lady Cougars maintaining their 11-point lead until the closing minutes of the period, when back-to-back baskets by Bailey Snyder gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the game, 15 points at 30-15 with 50 seconds left. Grayson County led 30-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
With bench players in the game for Grayson County in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bears scored the only five points of the period to make the final score a little closer.
Snyder led all scorers with 11 points for the Lady Cougars and added two rebounds and two steals. Masden joined Snyder in double figures with 10 points, and added two rebounds and three steals.
Kenzie Renfrow score three points and led the team with three assists and four steals. Keragan Collard, Kandler Lindsey and Jenna Nash all had two points to complete the scoring. Lindsey led the team on the boards with six rebounds.
In the earlier contest in Morgantown, the Lady Bears got 20 points from Maddy Murphy and 19 from Maddie Cardwell as they handed the Lady Cougars their first loss of the season 44-39.
In this game, the Lady Cougars held Cardwell to just two points, and while Murphy led her team with 13, nine of those came against bench players in the fourth quarter.
Grayson County dominated from the start, with Hannah Saltsman scoring 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first period. The Lady Cougars scored the first 10 points of the game and then scored the last eight points of the first period to lead 20-5 heading into the second quarter.
The Lady Cougars opened the second period on a 7-2 run to push their lead to 20 points, 27-78 with 2:51 left in the first half. They still led by 20 points, 33-13 at the half.
Brandi Minton’s three-pointer at the 3:31 mark of the third quarter gave the Lady Cougars a 23-point lead, 40-17. They led by 18 points, 41-23 heading into the final period.
With bench players in the game for Grayson County, the Lady Bears went on an 8-3 run to close to within 13 points, 44-31 with 1:52 remaining, but they would get no closer.
In addition to her 21 points, Saltsman added four rebounds, two assists and five steals. Mackenzie Edwards scored nine points and led the team with eight steals. Minton hit two three-pointers and finished with eight points.
Breanna Frank added four points and led the team with six rebounds. Twins Kennedy and Grace Childress scored two points each to complete the scoring.