On Friday, the Lady Cougars picked up wins over Breckinridge County and Muhlenberg North, but dropped a close one to Madisonville-North Hopkins.
Then on Saturday, Grayson County beat the Apollo E’Gals 48-44 and beat Owensboro Senior 60-40 before losing their final game of the weekend to the host Ohio County Lady Eagles.
The games consisted of two, 20-minute halves and Grayson County jumped out to an early lead and held it until just before the end of the first half. However, they scored with eight seconds left in the half to regain the lead and they never trailed again.
A three-pointer from senior Kelli Williams gave the Lady Cougars an 8-4 lead with 18:07 showing on the clock, but the E’Gals pulled to within a point of the lead, 12-11 on a three-pointer.
Grayson County then scored seven unanswered points to take their largest lead of the half, eight points at 19-11 with 11:27 left to play in the half.
The E’gals responded with a run of their own, scoring 11 straight to lead 22-19 with 3:17 remaining.
The Lady Cougars went back on top 24-22 with a three-point play by Chelsea Pharris and a short jumper by senior Hannah Anderson.
The E’Gals tied it once more with a basket with 28 seconds left, but Anderson stole the ball and scored on a layup with eight seconds remaining and the Lady Cougars led 26-24 at the intermission.
Grayson County scored the first six points of the second half to go up by eight, but Apollo wouldn’t go away. They closed back to within three points, 32-29, with a trey at the 17:04 mark.
Two free throws by Sarah Taylor with nine minutes left made it 40-31, but the E’Gals scored seven straight to pull back to within two, 40-38 with 6:02 left to play.
Grayson County then put the game away with eight unanswered points to take their largest lead of the game, 48-38 with 1:12 left. The E’Gals hit a pair of three pointers to close to within four, but ran out of time.
Shelbi Tyra led the Cougars with 13 points, while Williams had 11. Anderson had nine and Pharris finished with with seven. Moriah Ashley added six points and led the team on the boards with seven rebounds.
The Lady Devils tied the score three times in the opening six minutes, but the Lady Cougars never trailed in this game.
A short jumper by Owensboro’s Amashi Kendall, who led all scorers with 15 points, tied the game at 9-9 at the 13:59 mark of the first half, and that would be the last time the Lady Devils had a taste of the lead.
Three straight baskets by Tyra gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the first half, nine points at 25-16 with 6:30 to play. The Lady Devils were able to close to within six, 31-25 at the end of the first half.
After the Lady Devils opened the second-half scoring, Grayson County scored six straight to take a 10-point lead, 37-27 at the 17:37 mark.
The Lady Cougars then outscored the Lady Devils 9-4 to run the lead to 15 points, 46-31 at the 11:03 mark. Owensboro was never closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Tyra led the Lady Cougars with 14 points, and also led on the boards with five rebounds. Incoming freshman Halee Johnston hit three three-pointers to finish with nine points.
Pharris and Williams both had eight points, while Taylor and freshman Kylee Gorby had six apiece. Anderson finished with five points and led the team with four assists. Ashley and Alex Crowe had two points each to complete the Lady Cougars scoring.