Playing sound basketball at both ends of the court, the Lady Cougars improved to 15-10 on the season with a 61-46 win over Logan County (18-7) last Saturday afternoon in the Autism Awareness Classic, held at the Sportscenter, in Owensboro.
Grayson County had Logan off-balance at the start of the game, pressing the length of the floor and forcing the Logan Cougars to make a handful of mistakes. Logan County turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and the Lady Cougars were able to convert them into nine of their 26 halftime points.
The Lady Cougars got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points of the game before Logan’s Torrie Pollard hit a three-pointer at the 3:59 mark to put her team on the scoreboard. The Lady Cougars led by seven points, 13-6 at the end of the first quarter.
When sophomore Brandi Minton hit a three-pointer to open the scoring in the second period, the Lady Cougars had their largest lead of the first half, 10 points at 16-6. Grayson County still led by nine, 20-11 with 4:00 left in the first half when Logan began a push to get back in the game.
A Brooke Mason lay-up and a three-pointer from Taleia Mason cut the Grayson County lead to four points, 20-16 with 2:35 left.
Grayson County responded with back-to-back lay-ups from Breana Minton and Grace White to push the lead back up to eight points, 24-16 and Logan County called a timeout with 1:45 left in the half.
Logan County then closed out the half with a 9-2 run to close to within a single point, 26-25 heading into the halftime intermission.
Logan County opened the third quarter by scoring the first three points to take their first lead of the game, 28-26 at the 7:28 mark. White followed by hitting a 10-footer to tie things 28-28. White was fouled on the shot and her made free throw put the Lady Cougars back in front 29-28 at the 6:51 mark.
Mason scored at 6:26 to put her team in front 30-29, but that would be Logan’s last lead of the game. Hannah Saltsman was fouled on a shot with 6:09 remaining and her two made free throws put the Lady Cougars in front once again, 31-30, this time for good.
Two more Saltsman free throws and a White lay-in pushed the lead back to five points, 39-34 with 2:36 left and Logan called another timeout. Grayson County still led by five points, 41-36 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Logan was able to close the gap to four points twice in the closing minutes, the last time coming at 45-41 with 4:37 left to play. But Grayson County scored eight unanswered points to take their largest lead to that point, 12 points at 53-41 with 2:21 left. Logan County was never closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Pollard led Logan County with 14 points, while Cierra Johnson had 10.
White led all scorers with 21 points and she added seven rebounds, two assists and four steals. Saltsman joined her in double figures with 13 points and she added seven rebounds and three steals as well.
Sarah Pierce just missed double figures, finishing with nine points. Allie Horton scored eight points and led the team on the glass with 10 rebounds. Breana Minton finished with six points, Brandi Minton had three and Mackenzie Edwards had one to complete the Grayson County scoring.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.