The Lady Cougars split a pair of games over the weekend.
Friday night they got a double-double performance from Laura Vincent as they defeated the visiting Butler County Lady Bears 46-37. Saturday saw them facing the Caverna Lady Colonels at Edmonson County High School in the Byrd is the Word Classic and the Lady Colonels held off the Lady Cougars 60-57, despite another double-double from Vincent.
The Lady Bears came into this game having won just two of 13 games, but they were able to play well enough to lead by five at the half, 19-14. The Lady Cougars did not help their cause with 11 first-half turnovers.
But after a halftime of listening to coach Josh Basham apply a little constructive criticism, the Lady Cougars came out and played like they are capable of doing, outscoring the Lady Bears 32-18 to win easily.
They opened the second half with a 12-3 run to lead by four, 26-22 with 2:21 left in the third period. They led by five, 30-25 heading into the fourth quarter, and the Lady Bears never got closer in the fourth quarter.
Kasidy Graham led the Lady Bears with nine points.
Vincent led all scorers with 17 points and she added 10 boards. Kenzie Renfrow had another fine all-around game, scoring eight points and adding six rebounds, two assists and six steals.
Kaylee Masden scored seven points, while the Snyder sisters, Bailey and Rachael, had six apiece. Bailey added four rebounds while Rachael shared the team lead with Vincent with 10 boards. Ella Robinson completed the scoring with two points.
The Lady Colonels used a 9-0, first-quarter run to establish a lead they would never relinquish, though the Lady Cougars had an opportunity at the end of play to win the game.
The Lady Colonels’ run gave them an eight point lead, 13-5 with 2:55 left in the first period. They led by six, 18-12 heading into the second period.
Caverna led by as many as 11 points in the second period, 28-17 at the 3:05 mark, but the Lady Cougars trailed by nine, 28-19 at the half.
Grayson County closed to within six points of the lead twice in the third quarter, the last time coming at 32-26 with 4:05 left. Caverna then went on a 14-2 run to take their largest lead of the game, 18 points at 46-28. The Lady Cougars trailed by 15 points, 50-35 as the fourth quarter began.
Grayson County trailed by 14 points, 58-44 with 2:17 left to play when they put together an 11-0 run to pull to within three of the lead, 58-55, but they could get no closer.
The Lady Cougars had a chance to win the game with 25.8 seconds left when Kaylee Masden went to the line for two free throws with her team trailing by five, 58-53.
Masden was fouled by Caverna’s Stacia Burnett, who also fouled out on the play. As she was leaving the court, Burnett said something which one official did not like and he whistled her for a technical foul.
That meant the Lady Cougars would get four free throws and possession of the ball. If they could convert, that would put them in the lead by at least one.
Unfortunately they hit just two of the free throws then failed to score on their possession and the Lady Colonels held them off the rest of the way.
Renfrow led all scorers in this game with 22 points. For the second straight game Vincent recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Rachael Snyder was the third Lady Cougar in double figures with 12 points and she just missed a double-double with nine boards.
Kaylee Masden finished with four points, Bailey Snyder had three, and Ella Robinson added two to round out the scoring.
By Don Brown, Local Sports
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