Lady Cougars Top Lady Cats 66-56, Wildcats Fall 50-48
Darren Doyle, story: Alyssa Doyle, photos:
It was a rough night for Edmonson County basketball as both the boys and girls teams dropped each of their games in a District 12 doubleheader on the road in Leitchfield.
The Lady Cats got things started of right as they jumped out to an 18-10 lead when point guard Katie Lindsey buried a three as time expired in the first quarter; however, their dominance soon began to falter as Grayson County's Kenzie Renfrow began to have more and more success driving to the basket.
Lindsey led the way for the Lady Cats and Madison Harrison notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Grayson County went on a 23-7 run in the second, where they took a 33-25 lead at the half and they never trailed again.
Box score for the Lady Cats: Lauren Ballance 15 points, 7 rebounds--Macie McCombs 5 points, 3 rebounds--Emma Rose Vincent 2 points, 6 rebounds. Edmonson shot 34% from the field and only 55% from the free throw line.
The Lady Cats are now 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in district play.
The boys' match was a game of back-and-forth, where the Wildcats led 39-37 after three quarters, but dribble drives and three-point shooting proved to be the strengths of Grayson County in a game that went down to the final buzzer.
Edmonson County didn't really have a good answer for Nolan Shartzer (24 points) and Keegan Sharp (21 points) who always seemed to get a basket that broke momentum for the Cats. Sharp scored all of his 21 on three pointers.
With time winding down in the final quarter and Edmonson trailing 45-48, junior Gavin Rose buried a three to tie the score with 24 seconds to go. Grayson County called timeout to set up a final play wit 14.2 seconds remaining. Sharzter was able to drive the lane, stop and pivot, then make a turnaround jumper at the buzzer for a Cougar win.
It was also the return of Chaz Wilson, who averaged a double-double last season. The game was his first back in a Wildcat jersey after suffering a severe ankle injury over the summer which resulted in surgery. Wilson had 2 points and 4 rebounds.
Nick Clemmons led in scoring for Edmonson County with 12 points, all on threes.
The remaining box score was: Dalton Decker 7pts, 4 rebs--Mason Pierce 9pts, 4 rebs--Eli Booker 6pts, 4 rebs--Gavin Rose 5pts, Daniel Woosley 3pts, 4 rebs--Trent Taylor 2pts, 1 reb.
Edmonson County is now 1-4 on the season.