Leading by just four points heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Cougars outscored Butler County 18-7 in the final period to pull away for a 70-55 win in Morgantown last Friday evening.
The Lady Bears (4-11) played the Lady Cougars (11-4) surprisingly tough through three quarters. Grayson County held a two-point lead at the start of the second period, 14-12, but the lead changed hands four times in the early going, with the Lady Bears taking a three-point lead, 21-18 at the 6:06 mark.
A three-pointer by Graci Leach with 4:18 left in the first half gave the Lady Bears their largest lead of the night, four points at 27-23. The Lady Cougars responded with six straight points to retake the lead, 29-27 with 3:03 left. Grayson County led by three points at the half, 34-31.
The Lady Cougars built eight-point leads three times in the third quarter, the last time coming at 46-38 with 3:45 left, but the Lady Bears responded with six unanswered points to pull to within two of the lead, 46-44 with 2:38 left.
A rebound basket with no time left on the clock by Butler County’s Gracie Cardwell pulled the Lady Bears to within four points of the lead, 52-48 heading into the fourth quarter.
A three-pointer by senior Bailey Snyder at the 5:43 mark of the fourth quarter capped a 9-1 Lady Cougar run that pushed the lead to 12 points, 61-49 and gave the Lady Cougars momentum, and the Lady Bears were never closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Sophomore Jaelyn Taylor led the Lady Bears with 18 points, while Leach had 11.
Bailey Snyder led the Lady Cougars with 20 points, and she added two rebounds and two steals. Younger sister Rachel Snyder scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Senior Kenzie Renfrow added 17 points and nine rebounds and led the team with three assists.
Three players, Ella Robinson, Annie Kiper and Brianna Dennis all scored four points, while freshman Aryssa Riggs scored three to complete the Lady Cougar scoring.
By Don Brown, Local Sports
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