Panthers fall in region championship


By the NDL



Pedro Bradshaw shares a laugh with Purples standout Terry Taylor just before the tip in the championship game at WKU. Both Seniors are ranked in the top ten out of all Kentucky High School players.


Senior Micah Naylor shoots during the championship game at Diddle Arena.


Pedro Bradshaw takes a shot from the corner on Tuesday night. The Panthers lost to Bowling Green in the regional championship game.


Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Senior Panther Jaylyn McMurry goes up against Bowling Green’s Terry Taylor during the 4th region championship game on Tuesday. The Panthers fought hard, but fell to the defending champs 81-62.


Jacob Naylor drives hard toward the basket on Tuesday night.


Jaylyn McMurry and Paul Jones cover a Bowling Green shooter at Diddle Arena. The Purples won the championship game 81-62.


DeShawn Mason soars in for a layup against the Purples at WKU.


Jacob Naylor, Jaylyn McMurry, Micah Naylor, and Pedro Bradshaw watch as the final seconds tick off the clock of the 2016-2017 basketball season. The Panthers made it the the regional finals for the first time since 2001.


The Russellville High School boys’ basketball team came up just short against Bowling Green in the Fourth Region championship game on Tuesday at E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Panthers were heavy underdogs against Purples, but you’d never know if from the fight they put up in the 81-62 loss.

Russellville gave the Purples all they wanted in the first quarter and trailed just 18-14 at the end of the first quarter.

Bowling Green build a big lead in the second quarter though, outscoring the Panthers 24-8 as they took a 20-point lead into halftime.

The Panthers didn’t give up, however, and actually outscored BGHS in the second half, but were unable to overcome the large deficit from the second quarter.

Micah Naylor led RHS in scoring with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, which included going 5-of-7 from behind the 4-point arc. Pedro Bradshaw finished his stellar Russellville career with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jacob Naylor added 12 points and Jaylyn McMurry finished with eight points.

Bowling Green was led by Zion Harmon, who had 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Terry Taylor had a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Kyran Jones added 12 points for the Purples.

Russellville was outrebounded 44-25 by the much bigger Purples. The Panthers shot 44 percent from the field and 53 percent from 3-point range.

The Panthers advanced to the championship game by dismantling District 16 champion Clinton County 74-49 in the semifinals.

In that game, Bradshaw had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. McMurry led the Panthers in scoring with 20 points. Micah Naylor and Jacob Naylor also scored in double digits with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

For the season, Russellville finished with a 22-12 record. It was the first time since 2001 that the Panthers played for a region championship and the first time since 2009 since any District 13 team made it that far in the region tournament.

Pedro Bradshaw shares a laugh with Purples standout Terry Taylor just before the tip in the championship game at WKU. Both Seniors are ranked in the top ten out of all Kentucky High School players.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL.jpgPedro Bradshaw shares a laugh with Purples standout Terry Taylor just before the tip in the championship game at WKU. Both Seniors are ranked in the top ten out of all Kentucky High School players.

Senior Micah Naylor shoots during the championship game at Diddle Arena.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-2.jpgSenior Micah Naylor shoots during the championship game at Diddle Arena.

Pedro Bradshaw takes a shot from the corner on Tuesday night. The Panthers lost to Bowling Green in the regional championship game.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-4-2.jpgPedro Bradshaw takes a shot from the corner on Tuesday night. The Panthers lost to Bowling Green in the regional championship game.

Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Senior Panther Jaylyn McMurry goes up against Bowling Green’s Terry Taylor during the 4th region championship game on Tuesday. The Panthers fought hard, but fell to the defending champs 81-62.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-6-1.jpgPhotos by Kelly Phillips | NDL Senior Panther Jaylyn McMurry goes up against Bowling Green’s Terry Taylor during the 4th region championship game on Tuesday. The Panthers fought hard, but fell to the defending champs 81-62.

Jacob Naylor drives hard toward the basket on Tuesday night.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-7-1.jpgJacob Naylor drives hard toward the basket on Tuesday night.

Jaylyn McMurry and Paul Jones cover a Bowling Green shooter at Diddle Arena. The Purples won the championship game 81-62.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-11-2.jpgJaylyn McMurry and Paul Jones cover a Bowling Green shooter at Diddle Arena. The Purples won the championship game 81-62.

DeShawn Mason soars in for a layup against the Purples at WKU.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-13-1.jpgDeShawn Mason soars in for a layup against the Purples at WKU.

Jacob Naylor, Jaylyn McMurry, Micah Naylor, and Pedro Bradshaw watch as the final seconds tick off the clock of the 2016-2017 basketball season. The Panthers made it the the regional finals for the first time since 2001.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_NDL-16.jpgJacob Naylor, Jaylyn McMurry, Micah Naylor, and Pedro Bradshaw watch as the final seconds tick off the clock of the 2016-2017 basketball season. The Panthers made it the the regional finals for the first time since 2001.

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