The Russellville Panther basketball teams had an exciting night on Friday as they faced district rivals from Todd County Central. The Lady Panthers played a close game against the Lady Rebels that resulted in overtime, but would fall 37-35. The Panthers started off behind the Rebels, but would make a comeback to take the win of 79-76.
The Lady Panthers and the Lady Rebels played a tight game from the beginning of the game. The two teams would end the first quarter with a Lady Panther lead of 7-6. The teams continued to fight on and would keep the game close in points throughout the second half. The Lady Panthers would come out on top at halftime with a lead of 12-11.
The Lady Panthers continued to play smart and keep their lead, but the Lady Rebels continued to trail behind them throughout the third quarter. The two teams continued to keep it close as they ended the third quarter with the Lady Panthers up 26-24.
The fourth quarter was big for both teams as they battled for the lead. The Russellville Lady Panthers were not able to hold on to their lead, but they would end the fourth quarter with a tie of 32-32 as they headed into overtime.The two teams continued to battle, but it would be the Lady Rebels to come out on top with a win of 37-35.
Senior Khalia Hampton would end the game scoring 21 out of the 35 points for the Lady Panthers.
The Panthers would play next as they faced the Rebels. The Panthers would have a slow start to the game and would fall behind 14-22 in the first quarter. The Panthers would start to pick up their game in the second quarter and score 18 points, but the Rebels would still hold the lead of 37-32.
The Panthers came back from halftime and had a huge third quarter as they scored 27 points against the Rebels. But the Rebels still fought hard and would remain in the lead with a score of 61-59 at the end of the third. The Panthers continued to fight hard in the fourth quarter and would finally gain the lead with three minutes to go in the fourth. The Panthers continued to maintain control of the game for the rest of the quarter and get their first win of the season with a score of 79-76.
Lee McMurry would lead the Panthers with 20 points. He was followed by freshman Pedro Rivera with 17 points, senior Christian Naylor with 16 points and Ricky Bellamy with 14 points.
The Lady Panthers will have their next game on Saturday as they travel to Greenwood to face the Lady Gators at 6:30. The Panthers will play tonight as they travel to Allen County-Scottsville to take on the Patriots at 7:30.