Grayson County’s varsity teams made the trip to Whitesville worthwhile last Friday as both the Cougars and Lady Cougars were victorious in a boy/girl doubleheader against Whitesville Trinity.
The Cougars opened the doubleheader with a 76-52 win to move to 8-14 on the season. The Lady Cougars then throttled the Lady Raiders 62-17 to improve to 12-9.
This turned out to be an important win for the Cougars as it moved their 12th District record to 5-1 on the season. When Butler County was upset Saturday night on a last-second, Edmonson County shot, that meant the Cougars had secured the number-one seed for the District Tournament, which will be held at Butler County later this month.
Grayson County came out as cold as the temperatures outside the gym. The Cougars took 23 shots in the opening period and could manage to hit just four of them for a frigid 17 percent from the field. Despite that, the Cougars trailed by just a point, 13-12 heading into the second quarter.
Trinity’s Skyler Dickens opened the scoring in the second period by hitting 1-of-2 at the line to give the Raiders a 14-12 lead. That would be their last lead of the night.
The Cougars responded with a 11-0 run to lead by nine points, 23-14 with 4:32 left in the period. The Cougars twice led by 10 points, but the Raiders scored the last four points of the half to cut the Grayson County lead to six points, 28-22.
A Dakota Wathen three-pointer at the 6:01 mark of the third quarter cut the Cougar lead to five points, 30-25. Grayson County answered with six straight to increase the lead to 11 points, 36-35 with 5:43 left.
After Trinity cut the lead back to eight points, 36-28 at the 4:43 mark, the Cougars went wild, scoring 15 unanswered points to lead by 23, 51-28 with 1:34 left in the period. The Cougars held a 22-point lead, 58-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
A Bret Johnston lay-in off a behind-the-back pass from Bailey Logsdon at the 4:33 mark of the final period gave the Cougars their largest lead of the night, 31 points at 71-40. The Raiders closed out the game by outscoring the Cougars 12-5, but it made little difference as the Cougars still won by 24 points.
Wathen led the Raiders with 15 points, while Dickens added 12.
Talon Gary led all scorers with 22 points and added five rebounds. Alex Shellhart and Johnston joined Gary in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Logsdon and Tanner Tyra both finished with eight points, Cole Akridge had seven and Gage Akridge added five. Colton Williams scored three points, while Zac Williams had one to close out the Cougar scoring.
The Lady Cougars left little doubt about the outcome of this game after they scored the first 16 points of the game. Trinity’s Liza Howard broke the Lady Cougar run with 1-of-2 at the line to make it 16-1 with 2:02 left in the first period.
Grayson County closed out the period with eight straight to lead 24-1 heading into the second quarter. The Lady Cougars then scored the first 10 points of the second period to make it 18 unanswered points to give them a 33- point lead, 34-1 with 4:57 left in the first half. They led by 40 points, 46-6 at the break.
With the Lady Cougars leading by more than 35 points at the start of the second half, the clock began to run continuously through the mercy rule. Grayson County still led by 40 points, 52-12 at the start of the fourth quarter, then expanded the lead further by outscoring Trinity 10-5 for the final 45-point margin.
Eleven Lady Cougars cracked the scoring column in this one as everyone who dressed got the chance to play. Maddie Stewart and Grace White both scored 14 points to lead the Lady Cougars. Eighth-grader Hannah Saltsman came off the bench to add eight points.
Senior Kaylan Shull scored five points, while Katie Hayes, Jessica Johnson and Cortney Tomes had four each. Eighth-grader Mackenzie Edwards had three points, and Sarah Pierce, Montana Woosley and Bethaby Harting all had two to complete the scoring.