The second and final “Clash of the Cats” of the 2016-2017 regular season was held on Monday at a packed Logan County High School. The fans got their money’s worth by the time the games came to a close. The Lady Cougars were able to hold off the Lady Panthers and win 41-29. The boys game went to overtime with the Panthers narrowly escaping a 3-point explosion from the Cougars. The final was 82-78.
For fans who love to watch plenty of shots swish through the net, Monday night was sure to keep them entertained. Logan County and Russellville matched each other shot for shot during a good portion of the game. Pedro Bradshaw led the Panthers with 26 points. Kelby Epley had 23 points for the home team Cougars in the overtime loss. Epley drained eight three-pointers. Third Bell had 22, and Austin Rayno finished with 16. Bell and Rayno each hit three shots from behind the arc.
For the Panthers, Micah Naylor had a good game with 14 points. Jaylin McMurry connected for 11 points. Jacob Naylor crested the double-digit mark with ten.
The Panthers and Cougars kept the score close for most of the first quarter, with Russellville eventually pulling away after the half. They led by over ten points during the third quarter. Logan County would not back down. The Cougars reclaimed the lead in the final quarter and got the crowd back into the game. During overtime, Russellville star Pedro Bradshaw hit nine out of ten free-throws to help seal the victory. Russellville is now (4-1) in the district and will travel to Franklin on Friday to play an important district game with the (5-0 in 13th district) Wildcats.
Logan County will host powerhouse Hopkinsville (19-4) on Friday. The Tigers are in first place in region 2.
In the girls game, Logan was able to hold Russellville’s leading scorer to only 11 points and walk away with the second win against the Lady Panthers this season. Loreal Cheaney still led her team with the 11 points, but baskets were hard to come by for the Lady Panthers on Monday. Tatyana Peterson scored eight, while Deshala Leblanc had four.
For the Lady Cougars, Logan Williamson led the team with 12. Kennedy Nichols played an aggressive game and finished with eight. Ann-Meguiar Bouldin also had eight.
Russellville is now (6-15) on the year. Logan County is (8-17.) There is a possibility that the two local teams will meet one final time in the district tournament later this month.
Up next for Logan County is a home game against Fort Campbell (0-18) on Friday.
Russellville will be in Franklin for a district game Friday night.