Loreal Chaney had 17 points and Bryant added 16, but it was a last second shot by Barren County that made the final score 47-49 in favor of the Trojanettes.
The first loss of the 2015-16 season for the Lady Panthers came before a large home crowd on Friday night.
The Lady Panthers played behind but close for the whole game. With 2.3 seconds to go in the third quarter, Barren County’s Deanie Pedigo hit two free throws that gave the Trojanettes a 38-35 lead.
A minute into the fourth, a free throw by Alondra Wells tied the score at 38-38.
Russellville’s running, pushing the ball, style of offense, and the fast pressure on the ball defense, seemed to be wearing the visitors down. Barren County showed some cracks in their style, missing free throws at key times and overpassing the ball, allowing the Lady Panther defense to make steals.
At 4:18, Russellville had scratched out a lead, 40-38.the lead was short-lived, however. After teams had traded free throws, Barren County found itself in the lead by one point, 43-41, with 3:26 to go in the game.
Panther Nation in attendance were getting strongly behind their home team as Chaney’s shot would re-knot the contest at 43-43 with 2:30 to go.
In short order, Barren County scored a basket to re-take the lead, 45-43.
It was the free throw shooting of the Lady Panthers that kept the game within reach, and misses by Barren County at key times helped the Russellville squad to have a chance as time ticked away.
Trailing 43-47 with under a minute to go in the game, the Lady Panthers foul Barren County’s Taylor Davis. Davis misses both free throws. A quick dash down the court and a jump shot by Chaney with 23.2 seconds to play brought the home team within two points, 47-45. In the final seconds, each team would score again, then with five seconds remaining, Chaney would go to the free throw line for two shots. As calmly as a seasoned professional, Chaney hit both shots, tying the game at 47-47.
Barren County’s inbound of the ball was greeted by an excellent full-court Lady Panther defense. The Trojanette ball-handler weaved through the Russellville defense. Suddenly, there was a dash to the basket and a left hand lay-up. As the ball fell into the net for the score, the buzzer sounded. The Trojanettes had defeated the Lady Panthers. Final score 49-47.
The win was the third in a row for Head Coach Piper Lindsey’s team and improved their record to 3-5.
The loss for the Lady Panthers was the first of the season and snapped a five-game win streak and made their record 5-1 overall.
The following evening the Lady Panthers lost at Greenwood, 37-69.
The Lady Panthers will travel to Ballard Memorial for three games in the Lady Bombers Christmas Classic to be played December 21-23. The Lady Panthers next home game will be after Christmas as they open the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic versus Kenwood, TN.