Playing their final two summer games at Elizabethtown, the Lady Cougars suffered a pair of three-point losses.
In the opener, the Lady Cougars trailed Bishop Brossart by eight points at the half but came back to tie the score in the second half with two and a half minutes left but fell 30-27.
In the second game, the Lady Cougars led Green County for most of the game, but missed free throws and layups and turnovers in the second half and an 8-0 Dragon run doomed them to a 39-36 loss.
The Lady Stangs are a team that won 20 games in the 10th Region last year and are filled this season with a bunch of interchangeable parts that shoot the ball very well.
Against Grayson County they used an early 8-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 15-5 at the 11:07 mark of the first half. They pushed their lead to 12 points, 19-7 before the Lady Cougars began coming back. A 9-0 run brought the Lady Cougars to within three points of the lead, 19-16 with 5:17 left.
The Lady Stangs closed out the half with a 7-2 run to lead by eight points, 26-18 at the half.
Neither team scored in the first six minutes of the second half before Laura Vincent hit a pair of free throws at the 12:10 mark to cut their deficit to six points, 26-20.
Brossart hit 1-of-2 at the line to make it a seven-point game before the Lady Cougars ran off seven unanswered points to tie the game 27-27 with 2:30 remaining to be played.
Brossart followed with a three-pointer at the 2:18 mark to take a lead they would not give back.
The Lady Cougars had three possessions in the last two minutes but could not get a shot to fall.
Vincent led the Lady Cougars with 11 points and six rebounds. Rachael Snyder scored six points and pulled down three rebounds, while her sister, Bailey added five points and three boards.
Kenzie Renfrow scored just three points but added five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Ella Robinson completed the scoring with two points.
The Lady Dragons had taken a 12-point win last week at Larue County, but in that game senior Laura Vincent had not played.
A Vincent lay-up at the 8:01 mark gave the Lady Cougars their largest lead of the game, nine points at 16-7, but the Lady Dragons went on an 11-0 run to lead by two, 18-16 with 5:11 left.
Green still led by two, 20-18 when Renfrow hit a three-pointer with 32 seconds left and the Lady Cougars took that one-point lead, 21-20, into the half.
In the opening minute of the second half, the Lady Cougars went to the line four times but hit just two to lead by three, 23-20.
The two teams then traded six empty possessions, with the Lady Cougars turning the ball over four times, before Vincent scored off a Renfrow assist and was fouled on the play. Vincent’s made free throw gave the Lady Cougars a six-point lead, 26-20.
Green then put together a 9-1 run to take a 29-27 lead with 7:01 left. The Lady Cougars tied the score one last time, 32-32 on a Rachael Snyder lay-in with 3:46 left, but the Lady Dragons closed out the game with a 7-4 run to win the game.
The Lady Cougars went to the foul line 17 times in the second half, but could manage to hit just nine of them. Add 11 turnovers to that and it was a losing proposition.
Vincent led the Lady Cougars with 13 points and added six rebounds. Renfrow finished with 11 points and added four rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Rachael Snyder scored six points and led the team on the glass with nine rebounds. Bailey Snyder scored four points and Robinson added two to close out the scoring.
By Don Brown, Local Sports
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