Logan County's Peyton Vanzant takes a shot on Friday against Russellville.

Logan County's Peyton Vanzant takes a shot on Friday against Russellville.

The Lady Panthers basketball players stepped onto the court at Logan County High School on Friday and showed quickly that they meant business. DeShala LeBlanc, A'miyah Collier, and Jayce Buchner each came out in the first period and helped the Lady Panthers take an early 15-7 lead. The Lady Cougars were never able to recover and suffered their first district loss of the season, 56-52.

Russellville stayed hot in the second quarter, scoring 15 more. They took a 30-11 lead into the locker room. The Lady Cougars got fired up after the break and started a slow comeback throughout the final half.

Logan County scored 17 in the third and started to creep back on the heels of the Lady Panthers. The score was a more manageable 43-28 going into the final frame. Sarah Beth Hale hit three shots and two free throws in the third period to aide Logan County. Hale finished with a team-high 20 points. 16 of her points came in the second half.

The Lady Cougars scored 24 points in the 4th quarter as Russellville eased into more of a defensive role. By the time the final buzzer sounded, The Lady Panthers held onto the 56-52 win.

Russellville (15-6) picked up the second district win of the year. Logan County (13-8) lost for the first time in 13th District action.

Logan County plays another district game on Thursday at Todd County.

Russellville meets Franklin-Simpson on the road Friday.