The middle school, boys went on the road Monday night to take on the Glasgow Scotties and came away with mixed results.
The teams played three games, with a sixth-grade contest being played first before the seventh and eighth-grade games. The Scotties sixth-graders beat the Cougars 33-26.
The seventh-grade Cougars got a super-human effort from Ethan Carter, who scored 25 points and pulled down 19 rebounds, but it was all for naught as the Scotties tied the game in the last minute of regulation, then won it in overtime 47-39.
The eighth-grade game was all Grayson County as the Cougars took a lead early in the first period and never gave it back on their way to a 47-39 win.
“I told our kids they needed to be ‘Greedy Rebounders’ in to have a chance to win, and they were,” said head coach Shawn Majors after the games.
In the seventh-grade game, in addition to Carter’s rebounding, Rylee Shoemaker also hit double figures with 10 boards. All together the Cougar seventh-graders pulled down 42 rebounds.
The eighth-graders also out-rebounded their foes, pulling down 26 boards, with four different players having at least four boards.
The lead changed hands four straight trips, with the Cougars taking a 6-4 lead on a three-pointer by Beau Dennis at the 3:07 mark. Grayson County would not trail again the rest of the night.
Dennis’ three was the start of a 7-0 Cougar run that saw them leading 10-4 with 2:04 left in the period. They led by four, 12-8 heading into the second quarter.
Grayson County 0pened the second period with a 7-2 run to take a nine-point lead, 17-8 with 3:38 left in the half, and they maintained that nine-point advantage into the half, 25-16.
A Trey Goff three-pointer at the 2:29 mark of the third quarter saw the Cougars take their largest advantage of the night, 13 points at 32-19.
Grayson County led by 11 points, 36-25 in the final half minute of play, and were out on a breakaway when a Scottie player reached out and dragged down a Cougar player from behind. A foul was called with seven seconds remaining in the period, but not the intentional variety Majors was hoping for.
When Majors protested the call, he was hit with a technical, but Glasgow could hit just one of the free throws to make it a 10-point game, 36-26 as the fourth quarter began.
Grayson County led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter, but Glasgow’s Jasper Mundy hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the final margin to eight points, 47-39.
Glasgow had two players in double figures led by Henry Harris, with 17. Mundy finished with 16 points.
Conner Schultz led all scorers with 21 points, and he added six rebounds and three assists. Dennis and Trey Goff both finished with seven points and Goff led the team with five assists and two steals.
Three players, Gerritt Dennison, Dustin Woosley and Austin Basham closed out the Cougar scoring with four points each. Woosley led the team on the boards with seven rebounds, while Basham had five and Dennison added four.
This was a close game, with neither team holding a lead larger than five points until the overtime period.
After the Cougars led 5-4 with 2:54 left in the first period, there were three straight lead changes, with the Scotties coming out on top 8-7 at the end of the period.
Glasgow scored first in the second period to lead 10-7 at the 5:10 mark, but the Cougars answered with a 9-1 run to go up by five, 16-11 with under a minute left in the half. Glasgow then closed out the scoring with a rebound basket with 32 seconds remaining and the Cougars took a three-point lead, 16-13 into the intermission.
The Cougars led by as many as five points in the third quarter but the Scotties closed out the period on a 6-2 run and led by a point, 25-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Cougars then outscored the Scotties 7-2 opening the final period and took a four-point lead, 31-27 with 2:55 left in regulation.
After the Scotties pulled back to within two points, Carter scored on a lay-in with 1:52 left to make it a four point game again, 33-29.
The Cougars then had four empty possessions before Glasgow’s Dairyon Hale hit a three with 49 seconds left to make it 33-32. Griffin Murphy went to the foul line with 34.4 seconds left with the chance to put the Scotties in the lead, but could hit just 1-of-2.
Both teams had chances to win it at the end, but could not get their shots to fall.
Murphy scored off the opening tip to put the Scotties in the lead, then came a pivotal play. As the Cougars tried to inbounds the ball, Murphy got a hand on the pass and knocked it out of bounds. As the Cougar players stopped, Murphy grabbed the ball with both feet out of bounds, took it to the basket and put it in.
Instead of staying at the end line, the official who had put the ball in play started up the court and never saw the play behind him, and allowed the basket to be counted.
When the stunned Cougars turned the ball over on their next two possessions, the Scotties scored again with 1:44 left and suddenly they held the largest lead of the game, six points at 39-33. Grayson County never recovered and the Scotties held on for the win.
Hale led the Scotties with 12 points.
Carter had nine of his rebounds in the fourth quarter and five in the overtime period. In addition to his 10 rebounds, Shoemaker scored four points. Josh Embry scored three points, Ryan Johnson and Spencer Sharp had two each, while Bryson Lowe, Ethan Hayes and Jake Oller all had one to round out the scoring.