Playing their second game at the Owensboro Sportscenter in three days, the Grayson County Cougars saw their record fall to 6-13 following a 58-51 loss to the Owensboro Catholic Aces.
In the opener, the Cougar JV squad pulled steadily away from the Aces at the start, then had to hold on at the end as they defeated the Aces 52-46.
The Cougars came into this game on a modest, three-game win streak after defeating the Frederick Fraize Aces, from Cloverport, 85-65 Saturday night at the Sportscenter in their highest scoring game of the year.
Talon Gary led the Cougars against Cloverport with 27 points, including four three-pointers. Tristan Willis came off the bench to score 13 points for the Cougars, who helped themselves by hitting 20-of-29 shots at the free-throw line.
On Monday, against the Catholic Aces, the Cougars never held a lead. After Cole Akridge tied the score at 2-2 at the 5:27 mark, the Aces went on an 11-2 run to take a nine-point lead, 13-4 with 2:14 left in the first quarter. They led by seven, 15-8 heading into the second period.
After Gary opened the scoring in the second period with a three-pointer, the Aces put together an 8-1 run to lead by 11 points, 23-12 with 4:02 left in the first half.
Grayson County then scored six straight to cut their deficit to five points, 23-18, but Catholic’s Cameron O’Bryan closed out the first half scoring with a 15-footer to make it a seven-point game at the half, 25-18. O’Bryan led all scorers in the game with 25 points.
The Aces outscored the Cougars 13-6 at the start of the third period to take their largest lead of the night, 14 points at 38-24 with 4:10 left in the period.
Zac Williams’ three-pointer with six seconds left capped a 10-4 Cougar run closing out the period to cut the lead back to eight points, 42-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
Gary went to the line in the bonus at the 4:29 mark and hit both shots to cut the lead to six points, 48-42. Following a timeout, the Cougars forced a turnover and had the chance to cut into the lead even further, but turned the ball over themselves with 3:44 remaining to be played.
O’Bryan responded by hitting his second three-pointer of the game to increase the lead to nine points and the Cougars were done. They never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Gary led the Cougars in scoring with 23 points, including five three-pointers, and he added four rebounds and three assists. Alex Shellhart scored seven points, and Tanner Tyra and Cole Akridge had six apiece. Colton Williams scored four points, Zac Williams had three and Gage Akridge had two to complete the scoring.
After the Cougars opened the game with six straight points, the Aces answered with eight straight to lead for the first time with 1:24 left in the first period. After the two teams traded three-pointers, Alex Shellhart hit a short jumper to beat the buzzer and the two teams were tied 11-11 heading into the second quarter,
The Cougar defense held the Aces to just five points in the second period and led by eight, 24-16 at the half.
After the Aces cut the lead to six points, 26-20 at the 5:03 mark of the third period, the Cougars ripped off seven straight to lead by 13 points, 33-20 with 3:48 left.
Trey Goff hit a three-pointer at the 2:22 mark, then added 1-of-2 at the line with 1:51 left to increase the Cougar lead to 15 points, 39-24. He then closed out the period with another three to increase the Cougar lead to 17 points, 44-27 at the start of the fourth quarter
When Grayson County opened the final period with a Dustin Woosley lay-up and 1-of-2 free throws by Bailey Logsdon to increase the lead to 20 points, 47-27 with 4:49 left, it seemed the game was over.
But Catholic had other ideas, going on a 15-2 run, including 11 straight, to cut the lead to seven points, 49-42. Goff broke the string with 1-of-2 at the line to make it 50-42 with 48 seconds left, but Jacob Mulcahy hit a pair at the charity stripe to make it 50-44 with 36 seconds remaining.
Logsdon had the chance to increase the Cougar lead with two free throws with 28 seconds left, but missed both shots. After an Aces miss, Woosley took a brilliant pass from Conner Schultz to score on a backdoor play with nine seconds left to ice the game.
Goff hit three three-pointers in the game and finished with a team-high 12 points. Tristan Willis had nine points, while Logsdon and Shellhart had eight each. Logsdon also led the team with five rebounds. Woosley finished with six points, Schultz had five and Zac Williams had four to complete the scoring.