By Stephen Henderson
The Patrick County High School Lady Cougar basketball team finally continued its season last Thursday and Friday with a home game Thursday night against Tunstall and an away game at George Washington of Danville Friday night.
The Lady Cougars defeated Tunstall 71-35, but came out on the losing end in Friday’s game against the Lady Eagles, 55-48.
Patrick County put on an offensive attack in the first quarter in Thursday’s game against Tunstall, taking a 23-11 lead. However, Tunstall bounced back in the second quarter, scoring 14 to PC’s 10 to end the half with the Lady Cougars leading 33-25.
The Lady Cougar defense all but shut down the Lady Trojan offense in the second half, allowing Tunstall only 10 points to Patrick County’s 38 to take the win 71-35.
Melanie Roberson scored 14 points, and Kaleigh Griffith added 10 points. Autumn Hubbard scored eight and Abby Carter and Sarah Wagner each added seven.
Friday’s game against the Lady Eagles of Danville was a pressure-filled match-up with the Lady Eagles running a full court press for most of the game, forcing many turnovers from the Lady Cougars. The Lady Eagles led by one at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Lady Cougars 17-12 in the second quarter.
Patrick County came out “refreshed” in the second half and was better able to handle the press in the opening minutes of the quarter. Foul trouble and the intensity of the game allowed the Lady Eagles take control of the final quarter, outscoring PC 18-13 to take the win 55-48.
Abby Carter had 16 points (three three-pointers), and Kaleigh Griffith had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Autumn Hubbard scored nine points, had eight rebounds, two assists and three steals.
The Lady Cougars hosted Martinsville Tuesday night and will host Abingdon Wednesday night (today). Friday they will travel to Halifax County High School.