The Russellville High School boys’ basketball team saw its impressive season come to an end on Wednesday night in Bowling Green as the Panthers fell 70-69 to Russell County in the first round of the Fourth Region Tournament.
The Panthers led 51-44 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Lakers scored 26 points in the final frame to advance to the tournament semifinals.
Junior DeAndre Bradshaw had a team-high 27 points while missing just three shots from anywhere on the court all night. Bradshaw was 8-of-11 on field goals, including hitting the only 3-pointer he attempted, and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He also collected 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Senior Jason Mitchell added 13 points and was 4-of-11 from the field with three rebounds. Micah Naylor hit 5-of-7 shots from the field while scoring 12 points to go along with his five assists.
Kel Stotts of Russell County led all scorers with 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting.
Russell County lead by as many as nine points in the first half, but the Panthers put together a good second quarter and took a 35-29 lead into the locker room at halftime.
With the loss, the Panthers season ends with an overall 20-8 record. They finished as District 13 co-champs in the regular season and runners-up in the district tournament to Franklin-Simpson. The Wildcats were also eliminated in the first round of the region tournament, losing 69-42 to Warren Central on Tuesday.
Russell County, the champions of District 16, advanced to the tournament semifinals with the win. The Lakers will take on defending region champ Bowling Green on March 7. Warren Central will take on District 15 champ Barren County in the other semifinal matchup.
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