Eagles fly past grounded Cougars 69-48
JV loses big lead, falls 58-43
By Don Brown
Playing host to the visiting Ohio County Eagles last Tuesday evening at Cougar Gym, Grayson County’s Cougars suffered a pair of lopsided losses.
In the opener, the Cougar JV gave up a 15-point, second-quarter lead on their way to a 58-43 loss. In the varsity tilt, the Cougars gave up a 17-2 at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth and the Eagles ran out to a 69-48 win.
The Eagles put four players into double-figures as they cruised past the Cougars.
A three-pointer by Ohio’s Trace Young gave the Eagles a nine-point lead, 17-8 with 1:57 left in the first period, but Talon Gary closed out the period with a pair of free throws with 54 seconds left that cut the Cougar deficit to seven points, 17-10 at the start of the second period.
After falling behind by 12 points, 27-15 at the 3:05 mark, the Cougars got a three-pointer from Alex Shellhart and a lay-in by Bret Johnston to cut it back to seven again, 27-20 with 1:58 left in the first half.
But the Eagles scored the last seven points of the period and took a 14-point advantage, 34-20, into the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, the Eagles built their lead to 15 points, 40-25 at the 4:29 mark before the Cougars made a run to get back into the game. A Johnston lay-in at the 1:35 mark capped a 12-4 Cougar run that cut the lead to just seven points, 44-37, but that’s when the wheels fell off for the Cougars.
The Eagles closed out the period on an 8-2 run to lead by 13 points, 52-39 at the start of the fourth quarter. They scored the last three points of the third quarter, then scored the first 10 of the fourth to put the game out of reach for the Cougars, 61-39 with 5:21 left to play.
Young led all scorers in the game with 21 points. B. J. Morse had 16 points, whileTrent Hall added 14 and Matthew Sloyan had 10.
Shellhart led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points. Gary joined Shellhart in double figures with 10 points and made it a double-double night by ripping down 12 rebounds.
Zac Williams came off the bench to score seven points for the Cougars. Johnston scored four points and added two rebounds and three assists. Cole Akridge had three points, while Tanner Tyra, Colton Williams and Gage Akridge all had two to complete the Cougar scoring.
The Cougars looked like they were going to run away with this game in the early going. Back-to-back three pointers by Dustin Woosley and Bailey Logsdon gave the Cougar a quick 6-0 lead before the Eagles got on the board with a Jon Calloway lay-in.
Grayson County then closed out the period with nine unanswered points to lead by 13 points, 15-2 heading into the second quarter. When Alex Shellhart opened the second quarter with a rebound basket at the 5:48 mark, the Cougars had scored 11 straight and led by 15 points, 17-2.
That’s when things started to fall apart for the Cougars. The Eagles closed out the second quarter by outscoring the Cougars 24-8, including the last 14 in a row, to take a one-point lead, 26-25 at the half.
Nate Morris opened the third period scoring to make it 16 unanswered Eagle points before Shellhart stopped the run with a lay-in at the 5:07 mark. The Eagles followed with back-to-back threes to go up by seven points, 34-27, completing a 22-2 run that put the Cougars in a hole.
Ohio County followed that up by outscoring the Cougars 14-4 the rest of the period to increase their lead to 17 points, 48-31 at the start of the fourth quarter, and things were pretty much decided.
Ohio’s Chris Logsdon led all scorers with 26 points. Woosley led the Cougars with nine points, while Logsdon and Shellhart had eight each.
Dayton Blair came off the bench to put in five points, while Zac Williams and Conner Schultz both had four. Austin Basham contributed three points and Trey Goff had two to round out the scoring.
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