Local teams swept the irst Southern National Bank Christmas Tournament titles this year.
The Logan County High School girls’ basketball team won its tournament, while the Russellville High School boys’ basketball team brought home its title.
Lady Devils 48, Lady Cougars 59
The Logan County Lady Cougars repeated as First Southern National Bank Christmas Tournament Champions with a 59-48 victory over the Owensboro Lady Devils on Wednesday night, December 30.
The Lady Cougars finished 2015 with their fifth win in a row.
Leading Logan County in the win was Rachel Barnett with 16 points. Jessica Hines added 15 points and Brooke Barnes added 14 points. Barnes had 12 rebounds for Logan County and Barnett added 9 boards.
Knights 50, Panthers 60
The Russellville Panthers had four players scoring in double figures as they defeated last year’s FSNB Christmas Classic Champion Kenwood, 60-50.
The victory was the first for Panthers Head Coach Phil Todd in this tournament and the first time since 2010 for the home team.
Leading the Panthers in scoring was DeAndre Bradshaw with 21 points, Jaylyn McMurry added 13, Jason Mitchell added 11, and Micah Naylor scored 10. Bradshaw had the bulk of rebounding for the Panthers with 16.
The Panthers shot 46% for the field including three of 11 three-point shots.
The win was the fifth in a row for the Panthers.
Lady Rockets 53, Lady Panthers 42
Russellville was able to get back into the win column in their last game of 2015 with at 53-42 victory over Crittenden County.
The win made the overall record for the Lady Panthers 9-4 at the close of 2015. This is much better than many expected; at the end of 2014 the team was 2-9.
Because this game was played at LCHS, the Lady Panthers have yet to win on their home court this season. This source of frustration for many of Lady Panther Nation will be addressed on Tuesday night, January 5, when the McLean County Lady Cougars come to Russellville. It will be a tall order for Russellville, as McLean County is currently third in their Region 3 standings with a 9-4 record. The Game tips off at 7:30pm.
Yellow Jackets 65, Cougars 66 (double OT)
The final day of play in the 2015 First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic was filled with excitement and success for our local teams. And there was no finish more exciting than the 66-65 double-overtime victory of the Cougars over the Springfield Yellow Jackets.
Inside of ten seconds to go in the game, the Cougars tied the score at Yellow Jacket ball-handler is called for travelling. With 6.5 seconds to go in the game, Cougar Noah Whittinghill goes the length of the court, drives for a lay-up that is good, but is called for a charging foul and the basket is dis-allowed. Then Springfield’s half-court shot is no good and the game goes into the first overtime.
It is about a minute into the extra frame with Springfield is the first to score. That is quickly answered by Whittinghill. Next, Logan County and Springfield exchange free throws and at 1:55 the score is tied at 59-59.
The Cougars, in an effort to play for the last shot, stall and pass the ball for all but one second of the last 1:55. Austin Rayno’s drive to the basket and charge with seven-tenths of a second remaining gave Springfield one last toss at a basket. The shot misses and the game goes into its second overtime.
In the second overtime, Whittinghill would score twice more, but it would be Garrison Rosser and his jump shot with 10 seconds to go that would give the Cougars a 66-65 lead.
Springfield rushed the ball down court, but Whittinghill made a steal at the Yellow Jackets’ free-throw line and escaped to the mid-court line when time expired.
The win gave the Cougars a 1-2 tournament record and third place. And with this win, Logan County closed 2015 with a 5-6 overall record.