Playing host to the St. Romuald Rebels, from Hardinsburg, the middle school Lady Cougars racked up a pair of easy wins Monday night at Cougar Gym.
In the opener, the 7th-graders were tied just once as they went on to defeat the visitors 24-17 to move to 9-5 for the season. The 8th-graders stayed perfect at 15-0 as they cruised to a 45-16 win.
After Brianna Dennis scored on a put-back basket at the 5:15 mark to give Grayson County a 2-0 lead, the Rebels hit 2-of-4 free throws to tie things with 3:47 left in the first period.
The Lady Cougars then outscored the visitors 6-2 the rest of the period to grab a lead they would never give back.
Gracie Franklin opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 10-footer before Chloe Cox buried a three pointer to increase the Lady Cougar lead to nine points, 13-4 at the 3:08 mark.
St. Romuald’s Cassidy McDaniel halted the Lady Cougar run with a lay-in with 3:08 remaining, but Cox followed with another three with 2:14 left to increase the lead to 10 points, 16-6. Grayson County led by seven points, 16-9 at the half.
Rachel Snyder hit back-to-back baskets opening the third quarter and the Lady Cougars led by 11 points, 20-9 at the 4:22 mark. They still led by 11 points, 22-11 heading into the fourth quarter.
After the Rebels hit 1-of-2 at the line opening the final period of play, Dennis scored on a lay-in to give Grayson County its largest lead of the night, 12 points at 24-12. Those would be the last points for the Lady Cougars as the Rebels scored the final five points to make the score a bit more respectable.
McDaniel led all scorers in the game with 12 points. Snyder led the Lady Cougars with eight points, while Cox and Dennis had six apiece. Dennis also led the Lady Cougars on the boards with seven rebounds.
Gracie Franklin and Madison Edwards completed the Lady Cougar scoring with two points each, and Franklin added five rebounds.
The Lady Cougars never trailed on Eighth-Grade Night as they kept their perfect record intact.
Bailey Snyder had a big night for the Lady Cougars, leading all scorers with 15 points and adding four rebounds, two assists and a team-high six steals. Kenzie Renfrow joined Snyder in double figures with 11 points and added two rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Snyder got the ball rolling by hitting a three-pointer just 13 seconds into the first quarter. After St. Romuald’s Aubrey Taylor hit a pair of free throws at the 5:10 mark, the Lady Cougars outscored the visitors 9-2 to take a 12-4 lead into the second quarter.
Back-to-back lay-ins by Snyder opening the second period increased the Grayson County lead to 12 points, 16-4. St. Romuald later cut their deficit to nine points, 18-9, but the Lady Cougars closed out the half with a 7-2 run that put them in front by 14 points, 25-11 heading into the half-time intermission.
Grayson County held the visitors to just three points in the third quarter as they increased their lead to 22 points, 36-14 at the start of the fourth quarter. Then, with mainly bench players in the game, the Lady Cougars held the Rebels to just two points in the final period to win by a wide margin.
Savannah Bandurrske had one of her best games of the season off the bench for Grayson County as she scored six points and pulled down three rebounds. Mallory O’Neal came off the bench to add four points and five rebounds.
Autumn Cannon scored three for the Lady Cougars, as did starter Kandler Lindsey. Laura Vincent scored two points and added five rebounds, while Morgan Lindsey had one point to round out the Lady Cougar scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.