Lady Cougs weather late Buffalo rally—tie for 2nd in District 18

Kaydee Honeycutt wins the tip to start the game against Buffalo. Leon jumped out to a quick lead and held on for a two point win.

The Leon Lady Cougars avenged an early-season loss in Buffalo to the Lady Bison with a 50-48 nailbiter win to match the LBs 5-3 record and claim a hold on runner-up in District 18 competition. The Lady Cougs had blown a halftime lead in the first game, and, for a while in the fourth period, it looked like deja-vu all over again as Leon saw an 18-point third period advantage go up in smoke in the final period. Scrappy defensive play from both teams kept the scoring low early. Buffalo hit 6/27 from the floor in the first half. Sarah Grace Merry canned eight of her 22 points in the first frame and Maddie Thomas hit two large back-to-back treys with less than a minute left in the half as Leon led by nine, 24-13 at halftime. Through the first 4½ minutes of the third period, the Lady Bison had managed just two buckets, and when Cameron Davidson got a put-back bucket at 2:11, Leon led 35-17. But Buffalo was just tuning up for a torrid finale, as they scored five points in the last two minutes to trail 22-36 into the fourth quarter. The Lady Bison began a full-court man press in the waning seconds of the third period, and it wore the Lady Cougs out in the final quarter, forcing seven Cougar turnovers. Buffalo had whittled the lead to ten at 7:03 and then scored on their next six possessions, pouring in fourteen points—swamping Leon 16-2 in less than three minutes, and tying at 38 at 5:15. Senior, Kaydee Honeycutt then got the shell-shocked Lady Cougs back on track with a layup + freebie to put Leon back up 41-38. Buffalo would get within two at 2:45, but buckets by Sarah G at 2:31 and Honeycutt at 1:42 had Leon up 49-45 at 1:09. Buffalo then splashed their fourth 3-banger of the period to trail by one, 48-49 with :36 left. Merry then hit 1 of 2 in double bonus and the Lady Bison called time with :21 seconds remaining. They got the ball in the hands of their playmaker,  sophomore, Samantha Pate, but somehow the Lady Cougar D managed to pester her into a last gasp chunk with her back to the net that missed at the buzzer, and somehow the Lady Cougars had dodged a Bison.  Sarah G had 22 points to lead scoring, followed by: Honeycutt-12; Thomas-6; Davidson-4; Pervis, Rains, Copeland-2.

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  1. Gail clute on January 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Great action photo

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