The Russellville Panther basketball team began their season on Tuesday as they faced the Mustangs from Muhlenburg County. The Panthers fell behind early in the game and were not able to make a comeback as they fell 80-66.
The Mustangs came out to the game and had a big lead over the Panthers, but the Panthers were able to fight back and get within a few points of the Mustangs, but would still trail behind 26-19 at the end of the first quarter.The rest of the half the two teams would battle against each other and Panthers were able to stay within reach of the Mustangs, but would make a few mistakes and end the first half down 45-39.
The second half of the game the Panthers would begin to fall as the Mustangs lead would increase. The Panthers would make some more mistakes and cost them points. The Mustangs would continue their lead and end the game with a win of 80-66 over the Panthers.
Lee McMurray would lead the Panthers on Tuesday with 20 points. Barrett Croslin would follow with 13 and Christian Naylor with 11.
“I’m really proud of the team. I liked the effort and I’m pleased with the way they battled. The kids want to win but I’m impressed with the way the young players stepped up and gave more than I expected out of them. I think there was a good effort by everyone,” said head coach Phil Todd. “We need to work on our defense and that will come with more practice. I think we are capable of big games but we need to work on handling the ball. But as long as we continue to improve and show a good effort and battle I will be pleased.”
The Panthers are scheduled to play Fort Campbell tonight at home. The Lady Panthers will play at 6:00 and the Panthers will follow at 7:30.