The Owensboro Middle School Lady Devils paid a visit Monday night to Cougar Gym, and the Lady Cougars sent them packing with a pair of lopsided losses.
In the first game, Hannah Salsman and Grace Gorby both had two three pointers in the 7th-grade’s 37-19 win. In the 8th-grade game, the Lady Cougar defense held the visitors to just seven first-half points and went on to a 49-22 victory.
The Cougar defense had Owensboro tied up in knots in the first half. Grayson County forced 13 turnovers in the first period alone, 11 of them coming on steals. The Cougars scored 16 of their 18 first-quarter points off of turnovers.
After Owensboro’s Kenya Barrett scored to make it 3-2 in favor of Grayson County, the Cougars reeled off 11 straight points, all of them coming off turnovers, to lead 14-2 with 2:42 left in the period. They led 18-5 at the end of the period.
After trading baskets with the Devils at the start of the second period, the Cougars scored the last eight points of the period to lead by 21 points, 28-7 at the half.
Gorby’s three-pointer with 1:19 left ended the scoring in the third quarter and gave the Cougars their largest lead of the night, 29 points at 42-13. Grayson County then cruised in the fourth quarter to take their 27-point win to move to 8-1 on the season. Owensboro fell to 0-4 with the loss.
Grace White led all scorers in the game with 11 points, and added three rebounds, two assists and a team-high seven steals. Allie Horton joined White in double figures with 10 points, and added two assists and four steals. Horton also shared the team lead on the boards with Lindsey Swafford with six rebounds apiece.
Gorby hit a pair of three-pointers off the bench and finished with eight points. She led the team with three assists and added four steals. Salsman and Shelby Pendergest both scored five points, Shannon Smith had four, Ashley Clemons had three, and Taylor Glenn closed out the scoring with two points. Glenn had one of her best games of the season, adding two rebounds and a steal to her totals.
Though the Cougars won by 18 points, the margin of victory would have been even greater if they had hit a decent percentage of the free-throw opportunities. In the fourth quarter alone, Grayson County went to the line 16 times but could hit just four. For the game they were 7-of-21 at the line, 33 percent.
Both Salsman and Gorby had three-pointers in the first period as the Cougars (11-1) raced out to a 12-5 advantage heading into the second period.
The pair then had back-to-back threes opening the second quarter to kick off a 12-0 Grayson County run that saw them increase their lead to 17 points, 24-7 with 3:15 left in the first half. They led by 13 points, 24-11 at the half.
The Lady Cougars were held to just three points in the third period and saw their lead shrink to just 10 points, 27-17 heading into the final period of play.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Cougars scored the first six points of the game to push the lead back to 16 points, 33-17 with 3:29 left to play, and they coasted home for the win.
Salsman led all scorers in the game with 11 points, and added four rebounds. Gorby finished with eight points, and added four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Brandi Minton and Mackenzie Edwards both scored five points. Minton added two boards, two steals and an assist, while Edwards added three rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Four players, Shana Bradley, Kaylee Masden, Brooke Simpson and Keragan Collard scored two points apiece to complete the Grayson County scoring.