LEITCHFIELD - Gray-son County's eighth-grade girls team outscored Ohio County 12-1 in the second period of play last Tuesday evening and went on to record a 33-24 victory, handing the Lady Eagle team its first loss in two years.
The Lady Eagles went undefeated last season and came into this game with a perfect 6-0 record. Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars had been up and down so far this season and came in with a 4-4 record, but in this game they put it all together for a total team effort.
Moriah Ashley led all scorers with 10 points, while Shelbi Tyra was a force on the boards. Tyra finished with 13 rebounds, five of which came in the fourth quarter as the Lady Eagles began scrambling to get back into the game.
Ohio County took its only lead of the game at the 2:15 mark of the first quarter on a layin by guard Kaley Griffin that made it 4-3. They expanded it to 6-3 when Olivia Millsap hit a layup at the 1:44 mark, but a three-point play by Sarah Taylor with 11 seconds left tied the scored at 6-6 heading into the second period.
Tyra opened the scoring in the second quarter by hitting a 15-footer to put Grayson County back into the lead, this time for good. Tyra followed that up with a layup at the 4:09 mark to make it 10-6 before Ohio County scored its only point of the second period as Maegan Snodgrass hit the second of two free throws. The Lady Cougars then scored eight straight points to take an 18-7 lead into halftime. Tyra scored the last four points of the run on a free throw and a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Grayson County increased its lead to 14 points, 23-9 at the 4:05 mark of the third period, but the Lady Eagles began whittling away at the lead. They outscored Grayson County 9-3 the rest of the way and trailed by just eight, 26-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Eagles were trapping full-court in the fourth quarter and forced some Lady Cougar turnovers at the start of the final period, but could not convert them to points. Both teams were scoreless in the first two minutes before a Chelsea Pharris layup expanded the lead to 10 points, 28-18 at the 3:57 mark. Ohio County pulled to within seven points, 31-24, but there was less than a minute to play at that point. Ashley scored the final two points with five seconds left to give the Lady Cougars the nine-point win.
Tyra and Taylor both finished with eight points, while Pharris had five. Jessica Vaughan completed the Lady Cougar scoring by finishing with two points.