The Logan County teams swept Butler County as the Lady Cougars beat the Lady Bears 46-36. The Cougars blasted the Bears 85-70. Across town, Russellville didn't see the same luck as the Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Gators 76-52 and the Panthers lost a heart breaker to the Gators 62-52.
The Logan County Lady Cougars opened up the night of basketball welcoming in the region 3 Butler County Lady Bears. The Lady Cougars were keen to show off their region leading defense and the Lady Bears were the latest victims.
In the first quarter the Lady Cougars swarming and suffocating defense limited the Bears to only 3 points. But the achilles heel for the Lady Cougars have been their offense. Despite confusing and frustrating the Lady Bears with their defense, Logan County's offense struggled to get any consistence in the first quarter and was only up 9-3.
In the second quarter the Logan County offense roared to life as they poured on the points. Their defense was still as suffocating as ever as they shut down the Lady Bears. It was 24-11 at the half.
To open up the second half the Lady Cougars went on a 6-0 and that all but sealed the game against the Lady Bears. Butler County did make it close, getting as close as eight, but never really made it a game as the Lady Cougars cruised to a 46-36 victory.
They will have their defense tested on Friday when they face Todd County in a district match up. The Lady Rebels' offense that scores at a clip of 60.7 a game will go against the region's best defense as the Lady Cougars only allow 39.8 points a game. A classic 'Unstoppable force vs an Immovable object' bout on Friday night.
The second part of the night saw the high flying Cougars take on the Bears. The Cougars tried with all their might to speed the Bears up early in the game. But with over 2 minutes left in the first quarter the Cougars were already in foul trouble and because of that their frenetic pace slowed down to compensate. Despite not being able to run the Bears out of the gym they still went into the half up 41-31. That offense would get right back at it in the second half as they pounded out 44 more points to a 85-70 victory.
The Cougars will go to Todd County on Friday to try and get to 4-0 in district play. They will take their region leading offense against the Rebels who have had plenty of time to prepare for this match. But with the Cougars scoring at 68.6 points and the Rebels giving up over 62 points a game, it seems that the game could be another high scoring affair for the Cougars.
Across town the Lady Gators added woes to the Lady Panthers as they handed Russellville a 76-52 loss. To cap off the night the Panthers fought and scrapped all the way to the wire but couldn't hold off the Gators as they lost 62-52 in a match that was closer than the score indicated.
Russellville will host the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats on Friday. The Lady Panthers will look to notch their first district win and snap their four game losing streak. Despite losing their star player and coach, the Lady 'Cats are 9-7. But the Lady Panthers have all the talent on their roster to take the perennial district 13 power down on Friday night.
In between the games on Friday night Russellville will have their Hall of Fame induction ceremony as they welcome Sonny Duncan (Class of '56) and Lon Sosh (Class of '60) into the Hall of Fame.
The Panthers will cap off the night with a district match up against the Franklin-Simpson Wildcats. The Wildcats are 6-8 as they break in a new coach and new system. Franklin is sitting at 0-1 in district play and would love nothing more than to notch their first district victory against the Panthers. But the Panthers have a top 10 offense and the Wildcats defense, while getting better, has allowed a lot of points this season.
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