Russellville Senior Akeem Dukes battles for a loose ball on Tuesday night. Dukes had nine points in the 43-57 loss to the Rebels.

Russellville Senior Akeem Dukes battles for a loose ball on Tuesday night. Dukes had nine points in the 43-57 loss to the Rebels.

The Panthers entered into the 13th District tournament as the number 3 seed, just behind Todd County. On Tuesday those two teams tipped off to decide who would play in the championship against Franklin-Simpson on Friday. The Russellvile Panthers could not hold on, ending their season with a 57-43 loss.

Todd County drew first blood, jumping out to an early lead over the Panthers. At the end of one, it was 13-9 after Russellville finally started seeing some shots fall. The second quarter would mark a momentum shift in favor of Russellville. Their 17 points brought them within one as Todd County held a slim 27-26 lead at halftime.

After the break, Todd County's Jon Calvery was back on the court after sitting most of the first half due to early fouls. The big Junior shut down the Panther offense near the basket. Russellville only got six points in the third. Meanwhile Calvery and Nolan Barrow continued to hit shots on the other end for the Rebels. It was 41-32 going into the fourth quarter.

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The Panthers scored 11 in the final frame, but it wasn't enough to get back into to a position to pressure the Rebels. 57-43 was the final in favor of Todd County. They will advance to face Franklin on Friday for the championship.

Devin Quarles collected 12 points in his final game as a Panther. Jacob Naylor and Akeem Dukes each had nine. Corey Dowlen finished with six points.

For Todd County, Nolan Barrow scored 27, Jon Calvery had 12, and Clayte Weathers had six.

Russellville Senior Akeem Dukes battles for a loose ball on Tuesday night. Dukes had nine points in the 43-57 loss to the Rebels.

Senior forward Jacolbie Mason keeps the ball out of reach of Todd County's Nolan Barrow on Tuesday night.

Junior Jacob Naylor drives toward the basket during the opening round of the district tournament on Tuesday. The Panthers fell short against the Rebels at Logan County High School.

Photos by Kelly Phillips | NDL

Senior Panther Devin Quarles scored 12 points against Todd County on Tuesday. The Rebels won the game 57-43.