HAWESVILLE -- The Lady Cougar eighth-graders grabbed the lead at the end of the first period and never gave it back as they moved to 5-0 on the year with a 33-24 win at Hancock County Thursday evening.
Hancock County (3-5) scored the first four points of the game, but the Lady Cougars reeled off 12 straight over the rest of the first period and the first minute and a half of the second to take control of the game.
Hancock's rough-and-tumble style was hard for the Lady Cougars to cope with, but Grayson County's big back line of Amanda Mudd and Brenna Miller was up to the task. Mudd scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the first half, many on put-back baskets as bodies flew about in the lane.
A Kelli Williamson steal and fast-break lay-in was sandwiched between two Mudd free throws to tie the game at 4-4 with 1:26 left in the first period. Mudd then scored on a rebound basket with one second left to put the Lady Cougars in front for good.
The Lady Cougar defense held Hancock to just three points in the second quarter and they expanded their lead to 11 points, 18-7 at the half.
Hancock's Kaelin Ogle hit a three-pointer at the beginning of the third period that cut the lead to eight, 18-10, but Hancock was never closer the rest of the way.
Hannah Anderson scored seven of her nine points, including a three-pointer, in the third quarter and Grayson County led by as many as 14 points.
Kelli Williamson scored five points for the Lady Cougars, and Shelbi Tyra had four to complete the Grayson County scoring.
The Lady Cougars will be tested next week with three tough games. On Monday they host the Muhlenberg North Lady Stars, always one of the best teams in the league. On Tuesday, they travel to Hartford to take on Ohio County, another historically tough squad. Those two games will follow seventh-grade games scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
On Thursday, the Lady Cougars will be back at Cougar gym to host Breckinridge County. The Lady Cougars have already beaten the Lady Tigers, 41-21 in Harned on October 26. That game will follow the 5 p.m. seventh-grade game.