The first games of the year for our local teams was the first Clash of the Cats district 13 girls/boys doubleheader played Saturday, January 2, at Logan County High School.
Russellville and Logan County split the two games
In a game that felt a lot closer than the final score indicates, the Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Panthers 47-36.
Torrie Pollard and Racheal Barnett scored 12 each to lead the Lady Cougars. Brooke Barnes added seven points and, in her return to action, Taleia Mason scored five points.
In the loss, Loreal Cheaney scored 20 points and Devonya Bryant added nine.
For the Lady Cougars, now 11-3 overall, it is their third District 13 win in as many tries. For the Lady Panthers, their District record goes to 1-1 with an overall record of 9-5.
And in an at times intense game, the Panthers beat the Cougars in the nightcap, 59-47.
After a first quarter when both teams seemed to be feeling each other out, Logan County shooters went cold while the Panthers heated up. The score after one quarter was Panthers 16, Cougars 8.
Noah Whittinghill opened the second quarter scoring five straight points. The Panthers kept pace and at the half the score was 24-21 in the visitors’ favor.
It was Whittinghill again to open the third as his three-pointer tied the game at 24-24. And at 1:15 to go in the third, the Cougars took a shot-lived lead of 37-35.
In the fourth, the Cougars refused to back away. Sedale Shannon got his own rebound and made the basket good and gave the Cougars the lead again, 39-37. But again, the lead was short-lived as Russellville score the next 14 points and didn’t look back.
Logan County continued to hustle and fight for every possession, but the Panthers would control the remainder of the game and win it, 59-47.
For the Panthers, Jaylyn McMurry lead with 16 points, Pedro Bradshaw added 14.
For the Cougars, Noah Whittinghill led in scoring with 18, Lorenzo Garcia added 15 and Austin Rayno added nine points.
Russellville goes to 9-2 on the year overall and an all-important 2-0 in District play.
With the loss, the Cougars go to 5-7 and 1-1 in District play.
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