More cold shooting haunted the Lady Cougars again last Tuesday as they dropped a 56-42 decision to the visiting John Hardin Bulldogs.
In the opening game, the JV Lady Cougars also lost, 35-22.
Grayson County opened the game by scoring the first four points on 2-of-4 from the field. They then missed their next 12 shots in the first quarter to finish 2-of-16, a frigid 19 percent.
That allowed the Bulldogs to take a lead they would not give up the rest of the night. They outscored the Lady Cougars 12-3 the rest of the period to lead by five, 12-7 heading into the second quarter.
A 15-foot jumper by Kaylan Shull at the 6:09 mark of the second quarter pulled Grayson County to within three points, 14-11, but John Hardin’s Tyra Jackson hit back-to-back three-pointers to push the Bulldog lead to nine points, 20-13.
Breanna Fulkerson scored on a 10-footer with 1:05 left in the first half to cut the lead to six points, but the Bulldogs closed out the half on a 6-2 run to lead by 10 points, 27-17 at the half.
After Renee Stateman opened the third-quarter scoring with a lay-up at the 7:47 mark to make it a 12-point game, the Lady Cougars answered with seven straight to cut their deficit to just five, 29-24 with 5:08 left in the period.
Jackson then hit 1-of-2 at the line and followed that up with a lay-up to increase the lead to eight points, 32-24 with 4:08 left.
Maddie Stewart scored on a 10-footer, then Grace White hit 1-of-2 at the line and it was a five-point game once more, 32-27. That would be as close as the Lady Cougars would come. John Hardin closed out the third quarter with 12 straight points, including back-to-back threes from Taja Haley and Emily Bohannon, and led by 17 points, 44-27 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Shull hit a pair of free throws with 2:48 left to play to bring the Lady Cougars to within 10 points, 48-38, but they would get no closer. For the game, Grayson County shot 25 percent from the field on 16-of-63. They also turned the ball over 15 times, which the Bulldogs converted into 11 points.
Jackson led all scorers in the game with 15 points, while Haley had 10.
Shull led the Lady Cougars with 14 points and added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Stewart joined Shull in double figures with 11 points, and led the team on the boards with 11 rebounds. White finished with eight points and added 10 boards.
Cassidy Swift scored five points, while Fulkerson and Sarah Pierce had two each to complete the scoring.
The JV Lady Cougars dug themselves a big hole in the first half, then spent the rest of the game trying to get themselves out of it.
Grayson County did not score in the first period, then went 2-of-7 at the free throw line in the second quarter and trailed 15-2 at the half.
The Lady Cougars opened the third quarter on a 6-2 run to close to within nine points, 17-8, but the Bulldogs scored the last eight points of the quarter, including back-to-back threes by Bohannon and Khelsie Young , to lead by 17 points, 25-8 leading into the fourth quarter.
Sloane Embry hit a three-pointer with 1:43 left in the game to cut the John Hardin lead to 11 points, 30-19, but that would be as close as the Lady Cougars would get.
John Hardin’s Kaitlyn Priddy led all scorers with 12 points. White led Grayson County with 11 points. Embry finished with four points, Jodi Decker had three, and Jessica Johnson and Cortney Tomes had two each to complete the scoring.