Trailing by six points with a little over four minutes left in the game, the visiting Grayson County Cougars closed things out with a 14-2 run to leave Brownsville with a rousing, 51-45 win over the Edmonson County Wildcats.
Two Zac Williams free throws at the 2:37 mark of the first period made it a one-point game at 9-8, but the Wildcats closed out the period with a 9-4 run to take a six-point lead, 18-12 into the second period.
The Cougars still trailed by six, 24-18 with 3:25 left in the first half when they put together a run to put them into the lead. Seven straight points, capped off by a Colton Williams three-point play, gave the Cougars their first lead of the night, 25-24 with 2:35 left. A 10-footer by Bret Johnston with 1:29 remaining made it 27-24.
But the Wildcats closed out the half hitting 2-of-4 at the line to make it a one-point game, 27-26 at the half.
There were two ties and two lead changes in a low-scoring third quarter. Trailing by two points, Talon Gary’s buzzer-beating three-pointer gave the Cougars a one-point advantage again, 35-34 heading into the final period of play.
The lead changed hands twice at the start of the fourth quarter before the Wildcats scored seven unanswered points to lead by six, 43-37 with 4:12 left to play.
Grayson County responded with nine straight points, including a Zac Williams three-pointer to take a three-point lead, 46-43 with 3:06 left to play.
Johnston went to the line in the bonus with 2:10 remaining with the chance to expand the lead, but missed the front end. Edmonson’s Dakota Woodcock hit two free throws with 1:57 left to make it a one-point game, 56-45, but those would be the last Wildcat points of the night.
Two bonus free throws by Gary with 38 seconds left made it 48-45. Edmonson County was milking the clock to try for a tying three-pointer, but Cole Akridge came up with a huge steal to thwart their plans. Johnston was fouled with 11.9 seconds left and hit 1-of-2 at the line to make it a two-possession game, 49-45.
Following a timeout, Alex Shellhart rebounded a missed Wildcat shot and was fouled with six seconds left. His two made free throws made the final margin of victory six points, 51-45.
Woodcock led all scorers with 15 points, while Cole Bedwell added 10 for the Wildcats.
Gary led the Cougars with 13 points and added six rebounds, two assists and three steals. Cole Akridge scored eight points and added three steals. Tanner Tyra and Colton Williams both scored seven points with Williams adding six rebounds.
Zac Williams finished with five points, Shellhart and Gage Akridge both had four, and Johnston finished with three points and three assists.