The visiting Meade County Lady Waves put three players into double figures and they never trailed last Tuesday night at Cougar Gym as they beat Grayson County’s Lady Cougars 64-52.
In the first game, the JV Lady Cougars broke open a close game by holding the Lady Waves to just two points in the second quarter and went on to win handily, 48-31.
After Breanna Fulkerson’s three-point play made it a two-point game, 7-5 at the 3:34 mark, the Lady Waves scored six straight to open up an eight-point advantage, 13-5 with 2:34 left in the first period.
Back-to-back baskets by Kaylan Shull and Jodi Decker made it a four-point game, 13-9 with 26 seconds left, but Meade’s Maya Luney closed out the period with a lay-up to give her team a six-point lead, 15-9 heading into the second quarter.
Meade’s Raley Johnson opened the second-quarter scoring with a three-pointer to push the lead to nine, but the Lady Cougars answered with seven straight to close to within 18-16 at the 6:32 mark.
Meade County responded with six straight to lead by eight, 24-16 at the 5:30 mark. The Lady Waves then led by nine points twice, the last tine coming at 30-21 with 3:26 left, but the Lady Cougars reeled off nine straight points, seven of them from Maddie Stewart, and the game was tied 30-30 with 2:19 left.
Both teams had several opportunities to break the tie in the closing moments, but both came up empty until Meade’s Elissa Yount beat the half-time buzzer with a three-pointer to send her team into the break with a 33-30 lead.
The Lady Waves scored the first four points of the third quarter to push their lead to seven points, 37-30 at the 5:55 mark. Meade still led by seven, 45-38, when Decker scored on a lay-up to make it 45-40 with 1:47 left.
Meade then got back-to-back lay-ups from Luney, and a three-point basket from Johnson closing out the period and the Lady Waves seemed firmly in charge with a 12-point lead, 52-40 as the fourth quarter began.
When the Lady Waves scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter, it marked a 15-0 run and gave them a 20-point advantage, 60-40.
Head coach Brad Johnson then emptied his bench, bringing in his JV squad. But a remarkable thing happened after that, as the Lady Cougar subs began eating into the Lady Wave lead.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Katie Hayes and Grace White cut the lead to 14 points before Meade’s Katelyn Cucino hit two free throws to make it 62-46.
The Lady Cougars then scored six straight, including a three-pointer by Cassidy Swift at the 1:44 mark to cut the lead to 10 points, 62-52, but that would be as close as they would come.
Johnson led all scorers for Meade with 18 points, while Luney and Morgan Turner had 14 each.
Stewart led the Lady Cougars with 15 points and also had four steals. White scored 10 points off the bench and added four rebounds and four steals. Hayes finished with seven points, while Shull and Fulkerson had five each. Shull led the team with four assists and added four rebounds.
Decker finished with four points, while Swift and Sarah Pierce had three apiece. Swift led the team with six rebounds.
The lead changed hands four times in the first period before the Lady Cougars took a five-point lead, 11-6 with 1:51 left. The Lady Waves then outscored Grayson County 7-2 to tie the game at 13-13 heading into the second quarter.
Grayson County then opened the period by holding the Lady Waves scoreless until the 3:39 mark, building a seven-point advantage, 22-15. The Lady Waves would not score again in the first half. The Lady Cougars scored the last eight points of the period and led by 15 points, 30-15 at the half.
Meade County opened the third quarter on a 10-1 run, including eight in a row, to cut the Grayson County lead to just six points, 31-25, but the Lady Cougars responded by closing out the period with eight unanswered to push the lead back up to 14 points, 39-25 heading into the fourth quarter,
A Decker lay-in at the 2:55 mark of the final period saw the Lady Cougars holding a 19-point lead, 47-27. Meade then closed out the game on a 4-2 run to make the final margin 17 points.
Decker led all scorers with 13 points, while White scored 11. White shared the team lead in rebounds with Jessica Johnson with seven each. Johnson finished with four points.
Sloane Embry scored seven points, while Kiara Brooks had five. Four players, Katie Hayes, Raven Shelton, Bethany Harting and Cortney Tomes all scored two points to close out the scoring.