The Russellville basketball teams traveled to South Warren on Friday. Both teams would have a rough night and would end in losses for both teams. The Lady Panthers would fall 78-35 to the Lady Spartans. The Panthers would fall 63-40 to the Spartans.
The Lady Panthers played first on Friday night and would have a good first quarter, scoring 14 points. But that would not phase the Lady Spartans as they ended the first quarter with 29 points. The Lady Panthers would have a slow second quarter, while the Lady Spartans would continue to keep pushing on. The Lady Panthers would end the second quarter down 21-48.
The Lady Panthers continued to fight in the second half of the game, but the Lady Spartans lead was too large for the Lady Panthers to come back. The Lady Spartans lead would result in a running clock in the fourth quarter of the game. The Lady Panthers would fall 35-78.
The Panthers played next and would have a slow start to the game. They would comeback in the first quarter and trail the Spartans by five points with a score of 9-14. The Panthers would not have a good second quarter, as they only scored four points. The Spartans would lead 26-13 at the half.
The Panthers were able to pick up their game in the third quarter of the game, scoring 17 points. But the Panther defense could not hold the Spartans back. The Panthers would still fall behind 15 points at the end of the third with a score of 30-45. The Spartans would take off again in the fourth quarter, while the Panthers continued to fall behind. They would end the game with a loss of 40-63.
Lee McMurry would lead the Panthers with 11 points. He was followed by senior Barrett Croslin with eight points and Jason Mittchell with seven.
The Panthers also played the Daviess County Panthers on Saturday. The Panthers would have a great start to the game and only trail behind two points after the first quarter. The two teams continued to battle, but Russellville could not catch Daviess County as they ended the first half down 32-37.
Russellville would not have a good third quarter, while Daviess County would increase their lead to 54-48 at the end of the third. Russellville would end the fourth quarter scoring 20 points, but Daviess County would out score them with 26 points. The Panthers would fall 68-80 to Daviess County.
Senior Christian Naylor would lead the Panthers with 25 points. Lee McMurry followed with 15 and Pedro Rivera with 10.