Coach Phil Todd’s Panthers suffered their first loss of the season on Friday night when the Barren County Trojans were able to out-gun the home team and escape with a 62-49 victory.
Barren County came into the game with a perfect 6-0 record and sitting atop the Region 4 standings. This game was a real test for the Panthers, after coming off easy victories in their last two games.
For over three quarters, the teams exchanged bursts of speed and scoring. Throughout the game the Panthers’ furious defense blocked shots and caused havoc with the Trojans’ offense.
After the first quarter, Russellville trailed by five, 6-11.
The Panthers kept the game close and at halftime had chipped away the lead to two points, 21-23. The speedy Panthers stayed close to the bigger Trojans. Going into the final period, Barren County led 44-40.
Perhaps showing some fatigue, the Panthers began to fall behind mid-way into the fourth quarter. Barren County had built an eight-point lead, then a minute later a ten-point lead. The final score was Barren County62, Russellville 49.
Trojan Nick Mabe, a senior guard, led the visitors with 30 points.
Pedro Bradshaw led the Panthers with 18 points and Jason Mitchell added 12.
The loss makes the Panthers’ overall record 3-1.
Next for the Russellville team is a trip to Paducah Tilghman to play in the Paducah Tilghman Christmas Tournament, December21 and 22.
The Panthers will be home after Christmas for play in the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic.