The Russellville basketball teams faced two teams from Warren County last week and would suffer two big losses. The Panthers faced the Bowling Green Purples on Thursday and fall behind early in the game, ending the night with a loss of 73-44. The Lady Panthers traveled to Greenwood on Saturday and would also have a bad start to the game. They would fall 66-48 to the Lady Gators.
The Panthers would keep up with the Purples early in the game, but halfway through the game the Purples would start to pull away. By the end of the first quarter the Panthers would fall behind the Purples by 17 points with a score of 27-10.
The Purples would take off in the second quarter and their defense would prevent the Panthers from scoring. At halftime the Purples would have a 33 point lead with a score of 56-23.
During the third quarter of the game they would begin a running clock. The Panthers would pick up their game in the fourth quarter and score several points, but they would eventually fall 73-44 to the Purples.
Senior Barrett Croslin would lead the Panthers with 13 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Panthers would head to the home of the Lady Gators. The Lady Panthers would have a tough start to their game and would not score until the end of the first quarter. The Lady Gators would take a big lead of 19-4 going into the second quarter.
The Lady Panthers would pick up their game in the second quarter, but the Lady Gators still continued to increase their lead. The Lady Panthers would finish the quarter with 14 points, but the Lady Gators would still have a 16 point lead of 34-18.
The Lady Panthers would continue to pick it up in the second half of the game, but the Lady Gators fought hard to keep their distance. The Lady Panthers would score a total of 30 points in the second half of the game, but the Lady Gators would still walk away with an 18 point win of 66-48.
This past weekend the Panthers and the Logan County Lady Cougars competed in tournaments. The Panthers traveled to Ohio County for the Danny Annis Memorial Eagle Classic and would go 0-2. The Panthers would fall 48-76 to Ohio County and 53-84 to West Jessamine. The Lady Cougars competed in the Mustang Christmas Tournament at Muhlenburg County. The Lady Cougars would finish 0-3. They would fall 38-57 to Muhlenburg County, 52-67 to McCracken County and 41-59 to Apollo.