Continuing their summer schedule Monday at Barren County High School, the Cougar basketball team dropped a pair of close contests.
In the first game, the Cougars came from 10 points down in the second half to tie Bowling Green with six seconds left to play to send the game into sudden-death overtime, where the Purples scored to win it 36-34.
In the second game against the Elizabethtown Panthers, the Cougars trailed by just two at the half. E’town led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Cougars closed out the game with six straight points to lose 51-45.
The format for these games was two, 20-minute halves with a continuously-running clock until the last minute of both halves.
The Purples scored the first five points of the game, then stretched their lead to 10 points, 15-5 with 10:15 left in the first half. Grayson County twice got to within six points of the lead, but trailed at the half, 23-15.
After the Purples scored to push the lead back to 10 points at the start of the second half, the Cougars began getting their act together and scored five straight to cut their deficit in half, 25-20 at the 11:18 mark.
Matthew Loughran completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 6:23 remaining that cut the deficit to just four points, 31-27.
The Purples led by six points, 33-27 with 5:24 remaining when the Cougars put together one last push. Logan Majors’ three-pointer with 14 seconds left brought the Cougars to within two points, 34-32. The Purples missed a pair of free throws with 12 seconds remaining, giving Spencer Sharp enough time for a driving lay-up with 5.8 seconds showing on the clock to send the game into overtime.
The format for the overtime games was the first team to score wins the game, and when the Purples won the opening tip, they quickly got down the court for a lay-up that ended the game.
Majors led the Cougars with 13 points and he added four rebounds. Sharp had 10 points, Nolan Shartzer added four and Loughran finished with three. Josh Embry and Brett Payton both finished with two points to complete the scoring and Embry added four boards as well.
The first half was close most of the way. A Majors 15-footer at the 11:27 mark gave the Cougars a 10-9 lead, but the Panthers reeled off eight straight to go up by seven.
E’town still led by seven points, 27-20 at the 4:33 mark, but the Cougars closed out the half with a 6-1 run to trail by just two points, 28-26 at the half.
Grayson County still trailed by two, 33-31, following Watt Schultz’s three-pointer with 14:10 left, but back-to-back threes from E’Town pushed the lead to eight points, 39-31 with 12:32 remaining.
An E’town three and a short jumper with 2:15 left gave the Panthers a 12-point advantage before the Cougars scored the last six points of the game to cut the lead in half.
Shartzer led the Cougars with 11 points, while senior Caleb Ray had 10. Majors and Embry both had six points, while Sharp added five. Schultz finished with three, while Payton and Loughran had two each to complete the scoring.
By Don Brown, Local Sports
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Logan Majors led the Cougars with
13 points versus Bowling Green.
Matthew Loughran drove the baseline against Bowling Green.
Wyatt Schultz looked to score against Elizabethtown.