The middle school Cougars travelled to Harned on Tuesday to take on the Breckinridge County Tigers and came home with three big wins.
In the first game, the sixth-graders took no prisoners in their 55-22 blowout win as Haylon Dean tossed in 20 points, including four three-pointers.
The seventh-graders had a tougher time of it, falling behind near the start of the fourth quarter, but ending with a 14-2 run that sent them on to victory.
Finally, the eighth-graders doubled up Breck with a 42-21 win.
The Cougars trailed once in this game, 2-0 at the 5:18 mark of the first period. Dean answered with back-to-back threes to give the Cougars an early 6-2 lead, one they would not give back.
Grayson County led by as many as 10 points in the first period, but the Tigers scored the last four points of the period to trail by six, 14-8 heading into the second period.
The Cougars then held the Tigers to just four points in the second period and led by 13 points, 25-12 at the half.
The Cougars led by 21 points, 39-18 at the end of the third quarter then outscored the Tigers 16-4 in the fourth to run away and hide.
Kadin Hanshaw joined Dean in double figures finishing with 10 points, and he led the Cougars on the glass with six rebounds. Gage Napier and Chase Baunach both finished with eight points and Baunach added three rebounds, an assist and a team-high seven steals.
Jake Bratcher scored seven points, and Jack Logsdon closed out the scoring with two points and added four rebounds.
Grayson County trailed by a point, 5-4, at the end of the first period, but a lay-in by Kadin Hanshaw near the start of the second period put them in front for the first time, 6-5. They led by four, 13-9 at the half.
Two free throws by Isaiah Poteet at the 3:35 mark gave the Cougars an eight-point lead, 21-13, but the Tigers closed out the period on a 9-2 run to close to within a point of the lead, 23-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
A lay-in by Breck’s Jonah Miller opening the fourth quarter put the Tigers in the lead at 24-23. Chase Hardesty hit one-of-two at the line with 4:19 left to play that gave the Tigers a two-point advantage, 25-23.
The Cougars then went on their 14-2 run closing out the game that gave them the runaway win.
Poteet led the Cougars with 12 points Houston Brooks finished with eight points, four rebounds and three steals. Hanshaw also finished with eight points and he added three boards and two steals.
Samuel Clemons finished with four points, while Hayden Robinson and Grayson Chaffins both finished with two points. Robinson led the team on the glass with five rebounds.
Landon Haycraft closed out the Cougar scoring with one point.
After trailing 3-0 early in the first period, the eighth-graders closed out the period with an 8-2 run to lead 8-5 heading into the second period.
The Cougars led by four points, 14-10 with 2:18 left in the half, before Isaiah Poteet hit a pair of threes and Grayson Chaffins beat the buzzer with another three to give the Cougars a 13-point advantage, 23-10 at the break.
When the Cougars opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run, they led by 20 points, 31-11 with 1:37 left. They held that 20-point margin, 35-15 as the fourth quarter got under way.
A three-pointer by Mason Cariel with 3:19 left to play gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game, 23 points at 39-16.
Cariel led the Cougars with 11 points and he added four rebounds. Brady Bishop scored eight points, and Poteet added seven. Jeron VanMeter had five points, and Devaron Kirk added four. Chaffins and Raidon Warf both finished with three points and Hayden Robinson closed out the scoring with one point.
By Don Brown, Local Sports
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