Playing host to the Cougar Jamboree on Saturday, a day-long exhibition of pre-season scrimmage games, Grayson County’s Cougar basketball team took a beating from visiting McLean County 81-54.
McLean County, also the Cougars, put three players into double figures and hit 11 three-pointers on the day, seemingly never missing. Sophomore Will Hudson hit seven shots from behind the arc to lead all scorers with 26 points.
Senior guard Jacob Revlett hit three threes and finished with 25 points. Senior Lucas Murray was the third McLean player in double figures, finishing with 10 points.
The first scrimmage game of the season saw the return of junior Alex Shellhart to the lineup after sitting out all of last year. Shellhart showed he will help the Cougars this season by leading the team in scoring with 17 points, 13 of them coming in the first quarter.
Grayson County trailed by five, 10-5 following a Shellhart rebound basket at the 3:51 mark of the first period. Hudson then hit back-to-back-to-back threes to give McLean a 12-point advantage, 19-7 with 2:42 left. Grayson County then outscored the visitors 12-7 to trail by just seven, 26-19 heading into the second period.
Grayson County still trailed by seven, 39-32 following a Shellhart lay-up with 2:51 remaining in the first half, but McLean scored the last seven points of the half to lead by 14, 46-32 at the half.
Revlett had 10 points, including a pair of threes in the third quarter, and Hudson added nine as McLean expanded its lead to 22 points, 67-45 heading into the fourth quarter.
A three-pointer by Hudson at the 4:53 mark of the fourth quarter gave McLean its largest lead of the day, 30 points at 77-47 before the Cougars were able to whittle away to make the final margin 27 points.
Zach Williams had eight points for the Cougars, while Colton Williams had six. Cole Akridge, Wyatt Skaggs and Bailey Logsdon all had five points. Bret Johnston, Logan Ramsey, Gage Akridge and Tanner Tyra all scored two points to complete the Cougar scoring.