Lady Cats Drop First District Game Of Season 40-37
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It was a battle the entire way for Edmonson County as they hosted the Lady Cougars in the first district game of the season at ECHS on Friday night, and a surge from the Lady Cats in the final minutes still wasn't enough to knock off Grayson County as they fell 40-37.
A bit of a sloppy and scattered game, especially in the first half, the game was a game of runs as Grayson started off with an 8-4 lead. Edmonson started what appeared to be the makings of their first run in the second quarter as they cut their deficit to 11-10, but Grayson County finished the quarter on a 9-0 run that gave them a 20-10 lead at the break.
The Lady Cougars' attempt at limiting dribble penetration from Edmonson point guard Katie Lindsey was effective, holding her to 6 points. Most of the Lady Cat offense came from Lauren Ballance, who finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Edmonson never gave up and upped their defense which forced some Lady Cougar turnovers. Edmonson County closed the gap to 26-20 heading in to the fourth but Grayson County put together another run that extended their lead to 35-24 with four minutes remaining in the game. Edmonson County began their final surge with an 8-0 run that cut the lead to 35-32 with 2:29 left.
After a couple free throws from each team, Grayson County led 37-34. A Lady Cougar turnover gave Edmonson County the ball under their own basket. Madison Harrison buried a three-pointer with 1:30 to tie the game at 37 all. After a drive to the bucket from Grayson County and another free throw, the Lady Cats trailed 40-37 with 11 seconds to go and the ball, but Edmonson County did not get a shot off in the final seconds and Grayson pulled out the win.
"We dug ourselves a hole in the first half and had to find a way to fight back," said Coach Bart Weaver. "I'm really proud of our girls for fighting back, believing, not giving up. We had a lot of turnovers, but we also forced them into some. We've got a lot to learn, but Grayson County has a good team."
Emma Rose Vincent added 8 points while Chanley Logsdon and Madison Harrison added three points each.
Edmonson County is 2-2 on the season are is scheduled to take on Barren County on the road Monday night in a girl/boy doubleheader beginning at 6pm. You can listen to the audio stream on WildcatsLive, only on the Edmonson Voice, and you can also watch the live stream on both the Edmonson Voice Facebook page and the WildcatsLive page on EdmonsonVoice.com.