By Don Brown
February 13, 2014
With just under six minutes left in the second quarter of Monday’s game against Daviess County, Lady Cougar coach Brad Johnson called a timeout to angrily tell his team that if they didn’t stop throwing the ball to the visiting Lady Panthers, they were going to lose by 35 points.
He was nearly right as the Lady Panthers rolled to a 30-point win, 80-50. Grayson County committed 23 turnovers on the night and Daviess County parlayed them into 32 points.
In the first game of the evening, the Lady Cougar JV squad improved to 7-2 for the season, winning handily 49-25.
The game was tied three times in the early going, the last time coming at 6-6 at the 6:29 mark. A three-point play by Emma Johnson put the visitors on top 9-6 and they would never be headed the rest of the way.
Johnson’s play was the start of a 13-2 Daviess County run that saw them leading by 11 points, 19-8 with 1:23 left in the first period.
Hannah Saltsman hit a three-pointer with 1:08 remaining to cut the margin to eight points, 19-11, but Rachel Holland beat the buzzer with a 10-foot runner to give the Lady Panthers a 10-point advantage, 21-11 heading into the second period.
A Maddie Stewart jumper and two free throws by Allie Horton opening the second quarter cut the deficit to six points, 21-15, but Daviess answered with seven straight, capped off by a Johnson three-pointer, to push the lead to 13 points, 28-15.
Sloane Embry hit a three-pointer with 44 seconds left to make it a nine-point game, 35-26, but Daviess scored the final four points of the first half, including a buzzer-beating, put-back basket from Holland, to lead by 13 points again, 39-26, at the break.
Another Johnson three with 2:27 left in the third period pushed the Daviess lead to 15 points, 50-35. Hannah Saltsman scored on a rebound basket with 2:14 left to make it a 13-point game again, but the Lady Panthers closed out the period by scoring 10 unanswered points to take complete charge of the game.
When Jessica Holland opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back lay-ups, the Lady Panthers had scored 14 straight points to lead by 27, 64-37 and Grayson County was just playing out the remaining time.
Daviess County put four players into double figures, led by Jessica Holland’s 21 points. Johnson finished with 15 points, while Rachel Holland had 14 and Skylar Walden added 12.
Stewart led the Lady Cougars with 15 points and Grace White added 13. White also led the team on the glass with six rebounds. Saltsman finished with seven points, while Sloane Embry had five off the bench. Kaylan Shull and Sarah Pierce both scored three points, and Allie Horton and Raven Shelton had two each to complete the scoring.
The Lady Cougars opened the first period scoring the first 13 points and they never looked back. They held the Lady Panthers to just four points in the opening quarter and took a 14-point lead, 18-4, into the second quarter.
An 8-2 Lady Cougar run at the start of the second quarter, with all eight coming from Jodi Decker, increased the Grayson County lead to 20 points, 26-6 with 3:34 left in the first half. The Lady Cougars led by 19, 28-9 at the half.
A Decker lay-up and a three-pointer by Sloane Embry increased the lead to 24 points, 33-9 at the 4:29 mark of the third period. The Lady Cougars scored the final four points of the period to lead by 26 points, 42-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
Decker and Saltsman led all scorers with 14 points apiece and Saltsman led the Lady Cougars on the boards with six rebounds. Embry finished with seven points, while Shannon Smith had six on two three-pointers.
Raven Shelton had four points, while Breana Minton and Leslie Swafford had two each to round out the Lady Cougar scoring.