The middle school Lady Cougars proved to be rude hosts last Tuesday night in Cougar Gym as they handed the visiting Ohio County Lady Eagles a pair of losses.
Behind Kaylee Masden’s 15 points, four rebounds, and five steals, the seventh-grade Lady Cougars (7-1) raced out to a 14-point, third-quarter lead, then held off the Eagles in the fourth quarter to win by 10, 30-20.
In the eighth-grade game, MacKenzie Edwards had a double-double night and Hannah Saltsman scored 18 of her game-high 19 points in the first half as the Lady Cougars cruised to a 43-27 win to also improve to 7-1 on the season.
Kandler Lindsey opened the scoring for the Lady Cougars with a lay-up at the 4:22 mark. Masden followed that up with a 15-footer at 3:58 to make it 4-0.
The Lady Eagles scored the next four points to tie things at the 2:59 mark, but that would be as close as they would get to the lead the rest of the game. Another Lindsey lay-in at 1:56 and two Masden free throws at 1:10 gave the Lady Cougars an 8-4 lead heading into the second period.
One-of-two free throws by Ohio’s Kate Edge with 1:31 left in the second period made it a three-point game, 10-7, but the Lady Cougars responded with six unanswered points to lead 16-7 with 1:20 left in the first half. They led 16-9 at the half.
Masden opened the second half with a pair of three-pointer to give the Lady Cougars a 13-point advantage, 22-9. Edge scored at the 3:55 mark to make it 22-11, but Masden hit another three at 3:20 to give the Lady Cougars their largest lead so far, 14 points at 25-11. They still led by 14, 27-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
Kenzie Renfrow hit 1-of-2 at the line with 3:21 left to give Grayson County its largest lead of the night, 30-15. The Lady Eagles then scored the last five points to make the score a bit more respectable.
Lindsey finished the night with five points, while Renfrow had four. The diminutive guard also led the team with six rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Three players, Keragan Collard, Kaylynne Armagost and Bailey Snyder all had two points to complete the scoring. Snyder also added four rebounds.
The Lady Cougars trailed just once in this game, 2-0 at the 5:13 mark. Leading by a point, 5-4 at the 4:14 mark, Grayson County closed out the first quarter on a 12-2 run to lead 17-6 at the start of the second period.
Saltsman scored 10 of her 19 points in the first period, including the last six. She then opened the second period by hitting a lay-up and a three-pointer to push the lead to 16 points, 22-6 at the 4:55 mark.
Saltsman’s second three-pointer of the night increased the Grayson County lead to 20 points, 28-8 with 3:35 left in the first half. Grayson County led by 22, 30-8 heading into the third quarter.
Opening the third quarter, Saltsman hit 1-of-2 at the line to make it 31-8, and her night was done. Coach Lori Oller sat her out for the rest of the contest or she might have scored 40 points.
Despite playing players from off the bench, Grayson County still led by 23 points, 41-18 as the fourth quarter got under way.
But in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles were able to chip away at the lead. They scored nine straight points to cut the lead to 14 points, 41-27 with 1:25 left in the game.
But that would be as close as they would come. Kennedy Childress closed out the scoring for the Lady Cougars by hitting a rebound basket with 10 seconds remaining to make the final margin 16 points.
In addition to her 19 points, Saltsman added three rebounds and three steals. Edwards added three rebounds to her double-double night.
Breanna Frank scored seven points and pulled down four rebounds. Three players, Childress, Shana Bradley, and Keragan Collard had two each to complete the scoring. Both Collard and Bradley had four rebounds.