Cole Neeley

Cole Neeley attacks the rim hard amid a sea of Lion defenders during Grayville’s matchup with Edwards County last week. 

In a battle between neighborly rivals, Edwards County High School was able to come out just ahead of Grayville as the Lions opened their 2019-20 season early last week.

ECHS Sophomore Kaden Cowling led all scorers with 19 as the Lions fended off the Bison, while junior Brayden Hatcher and senior Valerio L’Abbate topped Grayville with 14 points apiece. Edwards County took the victory in Linda Oxby Gymansium, 52–49.

The game wasn’t always so tight, however. Grayville at one point led by as many as 19 points in the second half.

Cowling added two rebounds, two assists and two steals to his tally, while Lion senior Camden Cowger netted a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three assists. Ty Schmittler gave the ECHS unit a 10-point, eight-rebound, one-steal performance on the night.

ECHS senior Brockton Greathouse added five points and two rebounds to the Lion effort, while classmates Austin Cowling and Gus Beadles had two points each. Jaedyn Millman had one point in the win as well.

For the Bison, Kameron Worley put up seven points in the road contest, while senior Cole Neeley managed six. Christian Chambliss and Lance Collins netted two points each in the loss.