The Lady Cougar varsity led from start to finish Thursday evening at Cougar Gym as they handed visiting Ohio County a 52-33 drubbing to move to 2-0 for the early season.
In the first game, the JV girls also moved to 2-0 as they held off the Lady Eagles in a close game, 30-23.
The Lady Cougars put three players into double figures as they ran away from the visitors on the night. Junior Grace White missed much of the first half with foul trouble, but roared back in the second half. White finished with a game-high 18 points and added five rebounds.
Junior Allie Horton did a little of everything for Grayson County, scoring 10 points and leading the team with six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Senior Sarah Pierce continued to shoot the ball well from the outside, hitting three three-pointers and finishing with 12 points. She also added four steals.
Horton got the ball rolling by scoring the first points of the game on a lay-up at the 7:02 mark. She then stole a ball near mid-court and drove in for another lay-in and was fouled. Her made free throw made it 5-0 with 6:18 left in the first period.
White hit a three-pointer at the 5:45 mark, and Pierce hit her first three at 4:07. White later scored on a lay-in with 3:40 remaining and the Lady Eagles called a timeout trailing 13-4.
Back on the floor, White committed her first foul at the 3:19 mark, then, 20 seconds later committed her second. Head coach Daniel Pharris pulled White at that point and she did not return until the second half. Grayson County led 17-6 heading into the second period.
Sophomore Brandi Minton hit a pair of three-pointers opening the scoring in the second quarter. Sophomore Hannah Saltsman then completed a 12-0 Grayson County run with a lay-up off a Horton assist at the 5:27 mark to give her team a 19-point lead, 25-6.
The Lady Eagles closed out the first half by scoring the final three points and trailed by 16 points, 29-13 heading into the halftime intermission.
The Lady Cougars opened the third quarter with a 7-1 run that increased their lead to 22 points, 36-14 at the 4:17 mark. Adrianna Dockery ended the run with a lay-in with 3:37 left, but the Lady Cougars responded with eight straight points to push their lead to 28 points, 44-16 with 1:47 left. They led by 24 points, 44-20 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Three-pointers by White and Pierce opening the final period of play gave Grayson County its largest lead of the night, 30 points at 50-20. After the two teams traded baskets to make it 52-22, Ohio County called another timeout and Pharris removed his starters.
Ohio County held the Lady Cougars scoreless the rest of the way and scored 11 unanswered points to make the final score a bit more respectable.
Kianna Barrett came off the bench to lead the Lady Eagles in scoring with 10 points. Ohio’s big center, Allison Druin was frustrated all night by a Lady Cougar double-team and finished with just nine points.
Both Minton and Saltsman finished with six points, and Saltsman added five rebounds.
After the Lady Eagles scored twice to take a 4-0 lead at the 3:57 mark of the first period, sophomore Mackenzie Edwards put the Lady Cougars on the board with a lay-in with 2:12 left to make it 4-2. The two teams were tied 6-6 heading into the second quarter.
Edwards hit a pair of free throws at 5:43 of the second period to give Grayson County its first lead of the night, 8-6. Ohio’s Danielle Pedigo tied it again with a lay-in before Kaylee Masden buried a three to put the Lady Cougars on top 11-8 with 4:18 left.
The Lady Eagles tied the score once more, 12-12 with 1:28 remaining, but Brandi Minton hit another three with 1:06 left and the Lady Cougars took a 15-12 lead into the locker room at the half.
Ohio County opened the third quarter by scoring the first four points to retake the lead, 16-15 at the 2:04 mark. Back-to-back baskets by Minton and eighth-grader Kandler Lindsey put the Lady Cougars back on top by three points, 19-16 with 55 seconds left in the period.
Kate Edge cut the lead to just a single point, 19-18 with 42 seconds left, but Lindsey scored again with five seconds left and Grayson County held a three-point advantage, 21-18 heading into the final period of play.
Both teams had empty possessions opening the fourth period before Ohio’s Lacie Mills buried a three at the 4:08 mark to tie things again 21-21.
Eighth-grader Kenzie Renfrow was fouled with 2:50 left and her two free throws put the Lady Cougars back in front to stay, 23-21. Edwards scored and was fouled with 1:46 to play and her made free throw made it a five-point game, 26-21.
Ohio County then had three empty trips before Minton scored with 34 seconds remaining to give Grayson County a seven-point lead, 28-21 and the game was in hand.
Edwards led all scorers in the game with nine points. Minton scored seven points and she led the Lady Cougars with five steals. Lindsey and Kennedi Cave both scored four points. Cave finished with four rebounds and Lindsey added three.
Renfrow and Masden closed out the Lady Cougar scoring with three-points each. Shannon Smith did not score, but she led the team on the glass with five rebounds.
Photos Don Brown | GC News-Gazette Allie Horton scored on a breakaway. Horton finished with 10 points and led the team in rebounding, assists and steals as the Lady Cougars beat Ohio County 52-33.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.