Crystin Urban Sports Reporter
December 30, 2013
The Russellville Lady Panther basketball team got their first win on Thursday during the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic tournament. The Lady Panthers went 1-2 and finished in fourth place in the tournament. The Lady Panthers got their first win on Thursday night against the Trigg County Lady Wildcats. But they would lose two games in a row to Hopkins County Central and the Logan County Lady Cougars.
The Lady Panthers started in the tournament against the Trigg County Lady Wildcats. The Lady Panthers would start off strong and lead over the Lady Wildcats 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Panthers continued to keep their lead but the Lady Wildcats would trail behind, but the Lady Panthers would end the first half with a lead of 26-22.
The Lady Wildcats came in and fought hard in the third quarter, but the Lady Panthers were still able to hold on to their lead of one point of 40-39 at the end of the third. The Lady Panthers played smart and would finish out the game with a win of 56-51, the first win of the season.
Senior Khalia Hampton had a big game and finished with 31 points for the Lady Panthers. Senior Shea Hampton followed with 10 points and senior Devonna Syndor finished the night with seven points.
The Lady Panthers went on to face the Hopkins County Central Lady Storm on Friday. The Lady Panthers started the game out close and ended the first half with a tie of 10-10. The Lady Storm would take off in the second quarter and would end the first half of the game with a nine point lead of 33-24 over the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Panthers would attempt to make a comeback and get within five points of the Lady Storm in the third quarter, but the Lady Storm would work hard to take the win of 62-49.
Senior Khalia Hampton would lead the Lady Panthers with 19 points. She was followed by senior Shea Hampton with 13 and Loreal Chaney with eight.
The Lady Panthers would meet up with the Logan County Lady Cougars in the third place game of the tournament on Saturday. The Lady Panthers would have a tough start to the game and fall behind 21-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Cougars would continue to dominate over the Lady Panthers and would eventually win the game 69-34.
Senior Khalia Hampton finished the game with 15 points. She was followed by Chaney with seven.
The Lady Panthers will face the Logan County Lady Cougars again on Friday night during the Clash of the Cats. The Lady Panthers will head to Logan County High School and face the Lady Cougars at 6:00 p.m.