The Lady Cougar varsity paid the price for some sloppy first-half play last Friday at Ohio County as they dropped a 65-44 decision to the Lady Eagles at Hartford.
In the first game, the Lady Cougar JV squad held Ohio County scoreless in an overtime period as they won convincingly, 60-49.
The Lady Cougars doomed themselves by committing 15 turnovers in the first half which led to 13 Lady Eagle points. Curiously enough, the Ohio County lead at the half was 13 points exactly.
Grayson County stayed in the game through the first five minutes of action. Back-to-back baskets by junior Kaylan Shull gave the Lady Cougars a four-point lead, 9-5 at the 5:02 mark.
Ohio County responded with back-to-back three-pointers from Deanna Raley and Sarah Stone to grab and 11-9 lead. Maddie Stewart answered with a lay-up to tie the score 11-11 with 3:19 left in the period. That would be the last time Grayson County held any part of a lead.
The Lady Eagles closed out the first quarter with 10 unanswered points, including two more three-pointers by Stone, and led 21-11 heading into the second period. Stone hit four shots from behind the arc in the first quarter and finished the game with five.
The Lady Cougars then opened the second quarter with 10 empty trips, including nine turnovers. The Lady Eagles did not take full advantage of those missed opportunities, but did score the first six points of the period to extend their run to 16 straight points for a 27-11 lead with 3:03 left in the first half.
Ohio County extended its lead to 18 points, 31-13 with 1:51 left, but the Lady Cougars scored the final five points of the half to cut their deficit to 13 points, 31-18 at the half.
A Shull three-pointer and a short jumper from Stewart closed the gap to 11 points, 34-23 at the 6:14 mark of the third quarter, but Ohio County responded with a 16-8 run to push the lead to 19 points, 50-31 with 1:02 left in the period.
Shull closed out the third-quarter scoring with another three with 54 seconds left, but the Lady Cougars trailed by 16 points, 50-34 as the fourth quarter began.
Stewart opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 13 points, 50-37, but that would be as close as the Lady Cougars would be the rest of the game. A three-point play by Raley with 2:31 left pushed the Ohio County lead to 21 points, 63-42, which was the final margin of victory for the Lady Eagles.
Ohio County put three players into double figures, led by Raley’s 18 points. Stone finished with 16 points, while Sequoya Huff had 13.
Stewart led all scorers with 20 points. She also led the team with four rebounds, and added two assists and three steals. Shull scored 15 points and also had three steals. Jodi Decker and Sloane Embry had four points each, and Katie Beeler scored one to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.
The Lady Cougars got off to a quick start. Trailing 3-2 following a Tailor Turner three-pointer at the 4:34 mark, Grayson County went on a 9-2 run, including three-pointers by Katie Hayes and Hannah Salsman, to lead by six points, 11-5 with 50 seconds left in the first period. They led by four, 11-7 at the start of the second quarter.
Two Hayes free throws with 4:38 left in the first half increased the Grayson County lead to seven points, 16-9, but Ohio County went on and 11-0 run to retake the lead, 20-16 with 2:45 left.
Sloane Embry stopped the run with a three-pointer at the 2:32 mark to make it a one-point game, 20-19, but the Lady Eagles closed out the half on an 8-3 run to lead by six points, 28-22 at the half.
The Ohio County lead varied from as few as two points to as many as six points until back-to-back baskets by Hayes and Cortney Tomes closed the gap to just a single point, 39-38 with 45 seconds left in the period. But Ohio’s Kianna Barrett closed out the scoring with a lay-in with seven seconds left and the Lady Eagles took a three-point lead, 41-38 into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cougars scored four quick points at the start of the final period to take a one-point lead, 42-41 at the 5:08 mark. The lead then changed hands three straight times, with the Lady Eagles scoring at the 3:32 mark to lead by one, 45-44.
Both teams had empty trips until Barrett scored again with 1:30 left to make it 47-44. The Lady Cougars missed at their end and committed a foul on the rebound and Barrett went to the line in the bonus with 1:09 remaining. Barrett hit both shots to give the Lady Eagles a five-point advantage, 49-44.
Grace White hit a lay-in with 54 seconds left and the Lady Eagles called a timeout with 51 seconds remaining. Following the timeout, Ohio County was hit with an offensive foul, giving the ball back to the Lady Cougars. Hayes followed by burying a three with 46 seconds left to knot the score at 49-49, and Ohio called another timeout.
Back on the floor, Embry came up with a huge steal, but White was whistled for traveling with 19 seconds left. The Lady Eagles worked the clock down to under 10 seconds before they were whistled for a double-dribble with 6.9 seconds left.
Grayson County had the last shot, but could not get it to fall, sending the game into overtime.
In the extra session, it was all Lady Cougars. Hayes opened the scoring with her third three-pointer of the night to make it 52-49. The Lady Cougars then went to the foul line eight times in the next 1:22. Though they could hit just four of them, it still gave them a seven point advantage with 49 seconds left to play, 56-49.
Following an Ohio County miss, Jessica Johnson scored on a lay-up with 13 seconds left to make it 58-49. Breanna Minton then stole the ball and scored with one second left, and the Lady Cougars had blitzed the Lady Eagles 11-0 in the overtime to win going away.
Barrett led the Lady Eagles with 10 points. Hayes led all scorers in the game with 16 points. White joined her in double figures with 13 points. She led the team on the boards with eight rebounds, and added three assists and three steals.
Embry was the third Lady Cougar in double figures, finishing with 11 points. She added three rebounds and led the team in steals with four. Decker just missed double figures with nine points and she added three steals.
Salsman had five points, while three players, Johnson, Minton and Tomes had two each to complete the scoring.