By Don Brown
February 18, 2014
Giving one of their poorest performances of the season, the Lady Cougar varsity lost 75-56 at Breckinridge County last Saturday evening in Harned.
In the opening game, the JV Lady Cougars moved to 11-2 on the year with a 40-29, come-from-behind win.
For the second straight game the Lady Cougars were playing without junior Maddie Stewart, who was sitting out with a hamstring injury.
But Grayson County could not use that as an excuse. Unofficially, the Lady Cougars missed 12 lay-ups in the game, many of them uncontested. They also committed 18 turnovers which the Lady Tigers converted into 17 points.
There were six straight lead changes in the first quarter before the Lady Tigers scored six straight to lead 14-9 with 3:09 left. Breck led 18-12 at the end of the period and would not trail the rest of the game.
Breck scored seven straight in the second period to take their largest lead of the first half, 17 points at 35-18 with 4:16 left in the first half. Grayson County outscored them the 11-6 the rest of the half to trail by 12 points, 41-29 at the break.
Grace White scored on a rebound basket to open the third quarter scoring, but Breck answered with eight straight points to lead 49-31 at the 5:13 mark. They increased their lead to 22 points, 62-40 headed into the final period of play.The Lady Cougars were never closer than 17 points after that.
The Lady Tigers put three players into double figures led by Sarah Shrewsbury’s 28 points, many of which came on slashing drives to the basket for lay-ups. Mary Hinton scored 17 and point guard Lilly Grimes added 13.
The Lady Cougars wasted a fine effort by freshman Grace White who recorded a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Kaylan Shull and Hannah Saltsman both finished with 10 points.
Allie Horton scored six points, while Sloane Embry had three and Cortney Tomes had two to complete the scoring.
The Lady Tigers scored the first five points of the game and held that lead until Jodi Decker hit a pair of free throws with 5.4 second left in the first period.
Decker’s free throws were the start of a 12-0 Lady Cougars run that saw them leading 12-5 at the 2:58 mark of the second period. They led by three points, 16-13 at the half.
A lay-up by Jessica Curd at the 2:19 mark of the third quarter gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead to that point, nine points at 24-15. Grayson County led by six, 25-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
Breck closed the gap to just five points, 27-22 with 4:24 left to play, but an 11-2 Lady Cougar run increased the lead to 14 points, 38-24 with 1:25 left and put the game in the win column for Grayson County.
Breck had 12 players score while the Lady Cougars put 10 in the scoring column. Decker led Grayson County with 11 points. Jessica Johnson scored nine and also led the team with five rebounds.
Cortney Tomes and Mackenzie Edwards both scored four points, and Sarah Pierce added three. Five players, Curd, Montana Woosley, Breana Minton, Shelbi Pendergest, and Leslie Swafford completed the scoring with two apiece.