Panthers win 2nd ‘Clash’ defeat Cougars 77-70


By Rob Rose - jrose@civitasmedia.com



Rob Rose | NDL Austin Rayno and Noah Whittinghill double team Russellville’s Jaylyn McMurry in Friday’s “Clash of the Cats.”


Rob Rose | NDL Cougar Lorenzo Garcia shoots over Pedro Bradshaw of Russellville.


Rob Rose | NDL Cougars Head Coach Lonnie Mason has words with Noah Whittinghill during a pause in Friday’s game at Russellville.


The Russellville Panther defeated the Logan County Cougars 77-70 on Friday night. This year’s second “Clash of the Cats” was very well attended and saw the Russellville Panthers go to 4-1 in District 13 play and the Logan County Cougars go to 2-3 in the district.

Following the Russellville Alumni Association Hall of Fame ceremony, the got underway a bit later than normal.

As the game got underway, both teams seemed to test one another.

The Panthers held the lead through the first quarter, but it was Lorenzo Garcia’s 3-point basket that tied the game 10-10 with just a couple seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw the Panthers show some more control of the game and begin to build a lead.

But the Cougars would bend but not break. Dalton Furlow entered the game and scored 12 points for the visiting team.

The Cougars were able to keep it close and at the half trailed by only four points, 26-30.

The Panthers took charge in the second half. After three quarters the Panthers led the Cougars 50-37.

In spite of Furlow’s play (he scored 17 points in the game) and Mykal Hampton’s 24 points, the Cougars were not able to overcome the high-flying speed of the Panthers.

Final score, Cougars 70, Panthers 77.

The following evening the Cougars were able to get back in the win column with a victory at home against the Glasgow Scotties, 66-63. In that game the Cougars were led in scoring by Dalton Furlow and Noah Whittinghill with 15 points each.

Next for Russellville will be a contest at home versus Warren Central on Monday night, February 8. Tip-off is at 7:30. Then on Friday the Panthers host Todd County in a girl/boy doubleheader homecoming contest for the last District 13 game of the regular season. The girls’ game starts the evening’s festivities at 6pm.

Logan County will play Franklin-Simpson on Tuesday night, February 9, at LCHS. This will be the last regular-season district game for the Cougars and Lady Cougars. Tip-off for the girls’ game is 6pm with the boys’ game to follow at approx. 7:30pm.

Rob Rose | NDL Austin Rayno and Noah Whittinghill double team Russellville’s Jaylyn McMurry in Friday’s “Clash of the Cats.”
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_01b001.jpgRob Rose | NDL Austin Rayno and Noah Whittinghill double team Russellville’s Jaylyn McMurry in Friday’s “Clash of the Cats.”

Rob Rose | NDL Cougar Lorenzo Garcia shoots over Pedro Bradshaw of Russellville.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_02b002.jpgRob Rose | NDL Cougar Lorenzo Garcia shoots over Pedro Bradshaw of Russellville.

Rob Rose | NDL Cougars Head Coach Lonnie Mason has words with Noah Whittinghill during a pause in Friday’s game at Russellville.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_a03b004whittinghilland-coach.jpgRob Rose | NDL Cougars Head Coach Lonnie Mason has words with Noah Whittinghill during a pause in Friday’s game at Russellville.

By Rob Rose

jrose@civitasmedia.com

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