Russellville stunned at home during Homecoming
by Paul Halfacre Sports Reporter
Tonight the winter Homecoming celebrations concluded with two basketball games and the crowning of a new Homecoming king and queen.
First up were the Lady Panthers taking on District 13 number 1 seed, the Todd County Central Lady Rebels.
In their first meeting the Lady Rebels beat and battered the Lady Panthers into submission.
This second match up the Lady Panthers did a little beating of their own, but couldn't keep up the pace through four quarters and would fall 54-44.
In the first quarter the Lady Panthers zone defense kept Todd County out of the paint, but their shooters knocked down the open looks. But on the other end the Lady Panthers continued to answer with their own jumpers falling, but a 7-0 run would be Russellville's undoing as the Lady Rebels took a 16-12 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Panthers would tie it up at 17, but would never get over the hump the rest of the game. The Lady Rebels would use short runs to pull away and ever increase their lead. To help see the lead get out of hand the Lady Panthers had their struggles on the offensive end as a lid had seemed to be clamped shut on the basket. The lead would grow to as many 18 before the Lady Panthers would close the gap but it was to little too late as Russellville would fall 54-44.
The Panthers would close out the night with a rematch of the Rebels.
In the first match the Panthers would use a strong second half to run away with the victory.
And if the first quarter was how the rest of the game was going to play out, it looked like it would be two halves where the Panthers would run away with the game.
But in the end the Panthers would fall 59-56 to the lowly Rebels.
Without their two big guns in Darrion Quarles and Jordan Kennedy due to violating unspecified team rules the Panthers still played as close to a perfect quarter in the first quarter as they have ever played.
They went into the second quarter leading 25-9 and the Rebels were reeling from the fire that the Panthers showed.
But the Rebels, showing a tenacity they hadn't shown all season, fought back.
In the second quarter the Rebels themselves put together a near perfect quarter as they erased a 16 point deficit and would take the lead going into half time 36-34.
The Panthers would claw back into the lead in front of the Homecoming crowd, but the Rebels refused to yield and would get their first win in district play with a 59-56 victory over the