By Don Brown
January 10, 2014
The middle school Cougars traveled to Ohio County on Thursday and came home with a split of the two games.
In the opener, the Cougars got double-figure scoring from Josh Embry and Spencer Sharp as they downed the Eagles 37-34 to move to 14-3 on the season.
In the second game, the eighth-graders just could not get the ball in the basket as they fell to 7-10 on the season with a 33-20 loss.
The Eagles started quickly, grabbing a 7-2 lead with 2:55 left in the first period, but a three-pointer from Tyler Williams and a lay-in from Sharp tied things 7-7 with 2:22 remaining.
Ohio’s Caden Brown hit a three to give the Eagles the lead again, but Williams hit his second three of the period to tie it again 10-10 with 1:23 left. Ethan Davis closed out the first-period scoring for the Eagles with a rebound basket at 1:04 to give his team a two-point edge heading into the second quarter.
Grayson County still trailed by two, 14-12 with 4:37 left, but they closed out the first half with a 9-0 run to take a seven-point lead, 21-14 at the intermission.
When the Eagles opened the third quarter by scoring the first six points, they trailed by just a single point, 21-20 at the 3:48 mark, but they were never able to overtake the Cougars. Grayson County still held the lead, 27-25 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Grayson County went on a 10-5 run to open a seven-point lead, 37-30 with 1:16 left to play and they held on for the three-point win.
Davis led the Eagles with 12 points, while Brown finished with 11.
Embry led the Cougars with 12 points and added eight rebounds and a team-high four assists. Sharp scored 11 points for the Cougars and added two assists and two steals. Williams finished with eight points, while Isaac Jarboe had six to complete the scoring. Jarboe also had eight rebounds.
The eighth-grade team continued to struggle to put points on the board in this one. They never reached double digits in any of the four periods. They scored just 11 points in the first half, then could manage just nine in the second.
Despite that, the Cougars managed to take a 5-4 lead at the end of the first period. A basket by Jack Davis at the start of the second period gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game, 7-4.
A Gatlin Barnes three tied things at 7-7 before a Rylee Shoemaker rebound basket put the Cougars back on top 9-7 with 4:01 left in the first half. That would be the Cougars’ final lead of the night.
The Cougars tied things twice in the ensuing moments, the last time coming at 11-11 following a Davis lay-in with 1:53 left. The Eagles closed out the period by scoring the last five points to take a 16-11 lead into the second half. When they scored the first six points of the third quarter, the Eagles were in control with an 11-point lead, 22-11 at the 4:02 mark.
Spencer Sharp hit a three with 3:05 left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to eight points, 22-14, but the Eagles scored the last four points of the period, then the first four of the fourth quarter to lead by 16 points, 30-14. The Cougars were never closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Barnes led all scorers with 11 points for the Eagles.
Jordan Stallings led the Cougars with five points. Shoemaker and Davis both finished with four, while Shoemaker led the Cougars with eight rebounds and Davis added five. Sharp finished with three points, while Jackson Parker and Josh Embry had two each to round out the Cougar scoring.