After opening play in the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic with a 66-42 loss to the host LaRue County Hawks, the Grayson County Cougars closed out the holiday season by splitting their next two Classic games.
On Friday, the Cougars fell 47-39 to the Livingston Central Cardinals, then on Saturday they defeated the Cumberland County Panthers 57-37 to improve to 6-7 for the season.
The Cardinals grabbed early control of the game when they reeled off eight unanswered first-quarter points to lead by seven, 13-6 with 1:53 left in the period. Livingston led by six, 15-9 heading into the second period.
The Cardinals scored the last two points of the opening period, then scored the first seven of the second to take a 13-point lead, 22-9 with 5:31 left in the first half.
Bailey Logsdon’s three-pointer with 2:30 left in the half was the start of a 7-2 Cougar run closing out the period that cut the Cardinal lead to eight points, 26-18 at the midway point.
Logsdon then opened the third quarter with a short jumper to cut the lead to just six points, 26-20. But the Cardinals responded with a 9-0 run to push the lead back up to 15 points, 35-20 with 3:27 left. The Cardinals led by 12 points, 38-26
Grayson County cut their deficit to six points one more time in the fourth quarter following a lay-in by Nolan Shartzer with 1:32 left to -play, but they would get no closer.
The Cardinals put two players into double figures, led by senior center Seth Hosick’s game-high 16 points. T’Roy Ringstaff scored 12 for Livingston.
Logsdon led Grayson County with 15 points and was named the Cougars’ outstanding player of the game. The senior also led the Cougars on the boards with seven rebounds. Junior Caleb Ray joined Logsdon in double figures with 14 points. Junior Logan Majors had six and Shartzer finished with four to complete the Cougars scoring.
the Cougars never trailed in this game after opening with a 14-2 burst. They led by 10 points, 14-4 heading into the second period.
A three-pointer by the Panthers’ Andrew Patterson with 3:38 left in the first half cut the Cougar lead to just three points, 20-17, but Grayson County outscored Cumberland 8-4 the rest of the period and led by seven points, 28-21 at the half.
Grayson County put the game away in the third quarter when they held the Panthers to just four points. A 16-2 run, including a pair of threes from Josh Embry and another from Wyatt Schultz, ballooned the Cougar lead to 21 points, 44-23 with 1:17 left. Grayson County led 46-25 heading into the final period of play.
Cumberland’s Dawson Smith led the Panthers with 11 points.
The Cougars put three players into double figures, led by Logsdon’s game-high 22 points. The senior guard also grabbed three rebounds and two steals, and led the team with four assists. Logsdon was later named to the All-Tournament Team.
Embry finished with 12 points, while Schultz had 10. Majors finished with eight points, while Ray and Matthew Loughran had two apiece. Miles Hornbeck added one to round out the Cougar scoring. Sophomore J. J. Tomes gave excellent minutes off the bench for the Cougars, and while he did not score, he led the Cougars on the glass with seven rebounds.
By Don Brown, Local Sports
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Bailey Logsdon scored 15 points in a 47-39
loss to Livingston Central then had 22 in a
57-37 win over Cumberland County.