The middle school Cougar basketball teams went on the road last Tuesday and opened their season with a pair of wins in Whitesville against the St. Mary’s Angels.
The seventh-grade Cougars held the Angels scoreless in the first and fourth quarters and allowed them just seven points in the game as they blew out the home team 52-7 for their first win of the season.
In the eighth-grade game, the Cougars put three players into double-figure scoring as they handled the Angels easily, 53-27.
Beau Dennis scored five points in the first quarter, including a three-pointer, and Conner Schultz had four as the Cougars raced out to a 13-6 lead after the first period of play.
Trey Goff buried a three-pointer at the 4:00 mark of the asecond quRTER to give the Cougars their largest lead of the first half, 13 points at 23-10. The Angels closed to within six points with 1:48 left, 23-17, but the Cougars scored the final five points, including a three-pointer by Hunter Shiarella, to lead by 11 points, 28-17 at the half.
The Cougars put the game on ice in the third quarter when they opened the period with 12 straight points to lead 40-17 at the 2:39 mark. Grayson County led by 21 points, 40-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
A lay-in by Dustin Woosley with 3:14 left to play gave the Cougars their largest lead of the night, 29 points at 51-22.
Schultz led all scorers in the game with 16 points, and he added three rebounds, five assists and four steals on the night. Goff had 12 points and led the team with five assists and seven steals. Dennis was the third Cougar in double figures with 10 points. He also had three rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Shiarella finished with five points, Hunter Young had four, while Woosley, Cole Smith and Austin Basham had two apiece to complete the Cougar scoring.
This game was over by the end of the first quarter after the Cougars forced 13 turnovers, seven of them steals, and held the Angels scoreless.
Grayson County led 19-0 after the first period of play and led 22-0 before St. Mary’s got on the board on a rebound basket by Cameron Wright at the 4:22 mark of the second period. The Cougars led 24-5 at the half.
After allowing the Angels just two points in the third quarter to lead by 35 points, 42-7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Cougars held the home team scoreless again in the fourth quarter to win going away by 45 points.
Grayson County dressed 19 players and all of them saw some action in the game. Twelve players made it into the scoring column, while 13 grabbed at least one rebounds, and 14 of them had at least one steal.
Spencer Sharp came off the bench to lead all scorers in the game with 10 points. Ethan Hayse had eight points, and Jackson Parker had seven. Jack Davis scored five points, while Josh Embry had four. Four players, Bryson Lowe, Caleb Ray, Ethan Carter and Trenton Godby all scored three points, while Rylee Shoemaker, Logan Majors, and Ryan Johnson had two apiece to complete the scoring.