Hoping to put an end to a six-game losing streak last Tuesday against the visiting Breckinridge County Tigers, the Cougars instead saw the streak reach seven games as the Tigers defeated them handily, 58-45.
In the JV contest, the Cougars squandered a 12-point, third quarter lead and fell to the Tigers by a score of 49-43. In the first game of the evening, the Cougar freshmen stayed perfect on the season, moving to 14-0 with a 37-19 victory.
Cole Akridge opened the scoring with a rebound basket at the 7:27 mark to put the Cougars (8-11) in front 2-0. That would turn out to be the only lead of the night for the Cougars.
The Tigers (14-5) took a 4-2 lead before Bailey Logsdon scored on a lay-up with 5:27 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 4-4. The Tigers then scored the next 12 straight points to take a lead they would never give back.
Kobe Poole’s three-pointer completed the run to give the Tigers a 16-4 lead with 1:06 left in the first period. Dustin Woosley halted the Tiger run with a 15-footer to beat the buzzer that made it 16-6 heading into the second period.
Cody Mingus hit a three at the 6:45 mark to put the Tigers up by 13 points, 19-6, but Akridge scored on another put-back basket to make it 19-8. The Tigers then got back-to-back threes from Matthew Rhodes and Tyler Haycraft to increase the Tiger lead to 17 points, 25-8 with 4:51 left in the first half.
Two Mingus free throws with 1:03 remaining saw the Tigers take their largest lead of the night, 19 points at 31-12. Bailey Logsdon closed out the first half scoring with a three-pointer with 26 secondes left and the Cougars trailed by 16 points, 31-15 at the half.
The Cougars came out with new life in the third quarter. Gage Akridge’s three pointer with 4:56 left in the period capped an 8-0 Cougar run that cut the lead to eight points, 31-23.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Cougars would be the rest of the way. They trailed by 12 points, 43-31 heading into the fourth quarter. Grayson County cut the lead to nine points twice in the closing minutes, the last time at 49-40 with 3:17 left to play, but they would get no closer.
Cody Critchelow led all scorers in the game with 21 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Mingus joined him in double figures with 14 points.
Logsdon led the Cougars with 14 points. Cole Akridge had eight, while brother Gage and Tanner Tyra had six each. Conner Schultz finished with five points, Trey Goff added four and Woosley had two to complete the scoring.
After the Tigers scored the first five points, the Cougars responded with a 9-0 run, capped off by a Spencer Sharp three-pointer, to lead 9-5 at the 3:26 mark. Logan Majors later closed out the scoring in the first period with a three-pointer with 41 seconds left that saw the Cougars take a 16-10 lead into the second period.
The Tigers opened the second period with a 7-2 run to close to within a single point of the lead, 18-17 with 3:00 left, but the Cougars answered with a 10-1 run to lead by 10 points, 28-18 at the half.
When Jack Davis scored on a rebound basket at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter, Grayson County held its largest lead of the night, 12 points at 30-18. Breck would respond by outscoring the Cougars 15-7 the rest of the period to trail by just four points, 37-33 at the start of the final period of play.
Josh Embry scored at the start of the period to make it a six-point game, 39-33, but the Tigers then went on a 12-0 run to lead 45-39 with 1:31 left to plat and they would never trail again.
Kobe Poole led all scorers with 17 points, while Korey Miller added 10 for the Tigers.
Sharp led the Cougars with 13 points, including three three-pointers. Dustin Woosley joined Sharp in double figures with 10 points and led the team on the glass with five rebounds.
Davis finished with six points, while Embry and Rylee Shoemaker had four each. Majors finished with three points, D. J. Turner had two, and Beau Dennis added one to complete the scoring.
The young Cougars never trailed as they kept their season record perfect. Spencer Sharp had a pair of threes and Logan Majors another as the Cougars led early, 11-7 at the end of the first period.
Grayson County led by as many as seven points in the second quarter, 18-11 with 1:12 left before taking a six-point advantage, 18-12 into the halftime break.
The Cougars seemingly put the game on ice as they opened the third period with an 8-0 run that ballooned the lead to 14 points, 26-12 with 1:35 left in the period. Grayson County held the Tigers to just two points in the period and led by 15, 29-14 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Six straight Grayson County points, capped off by a lay-in from eighth-grader Tyler Williams with 1:31 left to play, gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game, 21 points at 37-16.
Josh Embry led all scorers with 11 points. Majors hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with eight points.. D. J. Turner scored five points, while Williams and fellow eighth-grader Nolan Shartzer had four apiece. Sharp finished with three points, and Caleb Ray had two to close out the scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.