Lady Cougars knocked out of GISA playoffs despite strong effort

Published 6:05 pm Friday, February 17, 2017

The Grace Christian Academy Lady Cougar’s season was brought to an end by Terrell Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Terrell Academy had given Grace headaches all season, and they were finally able to best Grace one final time with a final score of 38-27 in the first round of the Georgia Independent School Association playoffs.

Grace came in as the underdog, sitting on the bracket as a six seed they faced off again Terrell, a three seed.

Terrell Academy jumped out to an early 17-9 lead in the first quarter, and poured on 13 more points in the second quarter to Grace’s six. At halftime, Grace faced a 30-15 deficit.

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The second half was a little more level. Grace came out better defensively, and held Terrell to only eight points in the third quarter, but the lady Cougars failed to produce the offense needed to really capitalize on their defensive improvement. In the fourth, Grace’s defense stepped up yet again by holding Terrell to a goose egg in the fourth. Grace’s offense finally picked up the pace in the fourth, but it was to little to late. Terrell had already cemented themselves in the next round, and Grace was forced to start looking ahead to next season.

The Lady Cougar’s had a poor offensive outing. They we’re led by Freshman Mikey Harrell, who scored 16 of Grace’s 27 points. Harrell also grabbed four rebounds. The gap between leading scorer and the next closest is wide. The second leading scorer was tied between Kaitlyn Holcombe and Kate McRae who both had four points.