The middle school Lady Cougar basketball teams hosted a full day of games on Saturday during the Grayson County Invitational tournament.
Seventh-grade teams from Breckinridge County and St Romuald competed in a round-robin format, with the Lady Cougars winning both of their games easily, 43-19 over St. Romuald’s Rebels, and 43-27 over the Tigers to improve to 8-1 for the season.
Four teams competed for the eighth-grade title, with Glasgow, Breck and St. Romuald joining the Cougars. Grayson County dropped their first game, 50-43 to the Tigers, their first loss of the season, sending them to the third-place game against St Romuald. They easily beat the Rebels for third place, 43-12. The eighth graders are now 5-1 on the season.
EIGHTH-GRADE vs. BRECK
The Tigers may be the most improved team in the Green River Valley Conference this season. Breck led by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter, but had to hold off a determined surge by the Cougars to pick up the win.
The Cougars got off to a fast start in the opening period, building a seven-point lead, 12-5 at the 2:59 mark. The Tigers pulled back to within a point of the lead, 14-13 with 6.7 second left, but Grace White buried a three at the buzzer and the Cougars led 17-13 heading into the second quarter.
Allie Horton’s lay-in at the 4:18 mark gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game, 21-13, but they would not score again in the period. The Tigers ripped off 12 unanswered points and led by four, 25-21 at the half.
Grayson County opened the third quarter with a 4-1 run to pull to within a point at 26-25, but the Tigers again reeled off 12 straight points and finished the period up by 13 points, 38-25.
Grayson County came out strong at the start of the fourth quarter, running off 10 straight to pull to within three of the lead, 38-35.
Breck’s Kayla Young ended the run with a lay-up with 2:44 left, but Horton buried a three-pointer to make it a two-point game, 40-38. But they would get no closer. The Tigers answered with six straight to lead by eight, 46-38, and the Cougars were never closer than five the rest of the way.
Breck’s Sarah Shrewsbury led the Tigers with 20 points, while Jennay Jeffries had 12 and Tori Lucas added 11.
White led all scorers with 24 points and added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Horton finished with seven points and led the team with eight assists and seven steals.
Shelby Pendergest scored eight points, including two three-pointers in the first period. Shannon Smith and Leslie Swafford both had two points, and Swafford added four rebounds for the Cougars.
EIGHTH-GRADE vs. ST ROMUALD
Grayson County scored the first four points of the game before the Rebels got on the board with a Grace Rothrock lay-in at the 4:17 mark.
The Lady Cougars then scored the next 27 straight points and led 31-2 with 3:35 left in the third quarter. It was 14-2 after the first period, and 23-2 at the half. Grayson County led by 30 points, 35-5 headed into the fourth quarter.
Shannon Smith led the Lady Cougars with 10 points and she added three steals. Horton finished with eight points, and added three boards, four assists and four steals.
White scored seven points and added three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Four players, Pendergest, Swafford, Taylor Glenn and Hannah Salsman all scored four points, and Swafford had a monster day on the boards, leading the team with 13 rebounds.
Ashley Clemons rounded out the Cougars scoring with two points.
SEVENTH-GRADE vs. ST. ROMUALD
The Cougars scored the first six points of the game and never trailed as they routed the Rebels in the opening game of the tournament. Grace Gorby had seven points and Hannah Salsman had six as the Cougars built a 14-2 lead after the first quarter. They led by 14 points, 24-10 at the half.
Opening the third quarter, the Cougars scored the first eight points to build an insurmountable 32-10 lead. They led 36-17 heading into the final period of play.
The Rebels’ point guard Taylor Hines led all scorers in the game with 13 points.
Salsman led the Cougars with 10 points and added three rebounds and four steals. Gorby and Kaylee Masden both finished with seven points. Gorby added three rebounds and a pair of steals, while Masden had four steals.
Breanna Frank scored six points and led the team on the boards with four rebounds. Embry Thorpe scored four points, while Keragan Collard had three. Shana Bradley, Mackenzie Edwards and Brooke Simpson scored two points each to close out the Cougar scoring.
SEVENTH-GRADE vs. BRECK
Breck’s Kristen Pike scored on a lay-in to cut the Cougar lead to three points, 6-3 with 2:27 left in the first period before the Cougars took off.
They scored the last 10 points of the first quarter to lead 16-3, then ran off 11 straight opening the second to lead by 24 points, 27-3 with 2:57 left in the first half.
But with mostly Cougar bench players in the game after that, Breck was able to score the final 10 points to pull back to within 14 points, 27-13 at the half.
The teams played fairly evenly after that. Grayson County lead by 15 points, 37-22 at the end of the third quarter before finishing the game with a 16-point advantage.
Gorby led all scorers with nine points and added two assists and a team-high six steals. Salsman and Masden both finished with eight points, and Salsman added five steals. Edwards finished with six points and added four boards and five steals.
Frank and Simpson scored four points each, with Frank adding three rebounds and two steals. Shana Bradley and Haley Dockery closed out the scoring with two points apiece.