Edmonson Falls To Grayson 53-46
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The stat sheets for both teams were nearly identical in most categories but timely turnovers and missed opportunities were obstacles that the Lady Cats couldn't overcome last night in a 53-46 loss to Grayson County in the first round of the District 12 Tournament, hosted at Whitesville Trinity.
Both teams shot poorly in the first quarter that ended in a 6-6 tie. Edmonson County shot 2-16 (12%) from the field while Grayson wasn't much better from the field on 3-11 shooting for 27%.
Grayson County held a slight edge at the half, leading 19-16. Edmonson County continued to struggle to score with no one scoring more than 3 points at the break.
The Lady Cats looked much better coming out of the locker room for the third, as they began to drive to the rim and making shots. Edmonson County took the lead on multiple occasions and the teams swapped back and forth. Both teams were still shooting under 30% from the field and Edmonson County had pulled to within one point (30-29) at the end of the third.
The first few minutes of the fourth saw much of the same, and Edmonson County took the lead with around 5 minutes to go; however, their next three possessions ended in consecutive turnovers and the momentum shifted greatly in favor of the Lady Cougars. That momentum helped Grayson build a 10-point lead with about 3 minutes to go. The Lady Cats were forced to foul down the stretch and Grayson County held on for the win.
Coach Bart Weaver said Grayson County had a great game plan.
"I've said before that if I were to coach against us, I'd double team Katie, make sure Macie didn't get any threes, and hope that Lily, Page, Jay, Hallie, and everybody else doesn't beat me," he said. "So give Grayson credit. They had a good game plan and they did what they were supposed to."
Weaver said it was obviously a tough locker room atmosphere after last night's loss that ended their season.
"It was really difficult last night because these girls have meant so much and saying goodbye to the seniors was tough. I told them I loved them and I'd always be there for them because we're family. I told them that no one is going out the gym door a loser. These kids have been a part of 102 wins over the last four years and that's unbelievable. Not many girls can say that. They've just meant so much to me."
Lily Jayne Vincent led the Lady Cats with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Macie McCombs added 8 points and 6 rebounds, Shea VanMeter had 7 points and 7 rebounds, Katie Lindsey and Paige Wolfe each added 7 points as well. Cariann Williams had 3 points and Hallie Cassady and Jaedlyn Simon scored 2 points each.
Edmonson out-rebounded Grayson 36-35, and in shooting, it was Edmonson 29% from the field-Grayson, 34%. Both teams shot 52% from the free throw line. Edmonson shot 19% from behind the arc while Grayson shot 29%.
The Lady Cats end their season with a record of 6-14, 3-3 in region play, and 2-2 in the district. They will lose three seniors: Katie Lindsey, Macie McCombs, and Shea VanMeter.