In Feb. 21-27 Issue
The Russell County Lady Lakers (11-14, 3-3) pulled out an
exciting one-point victory over the host Adair County Lady Indians, 46-45,
Kim Pierce led the Lady Lakers with 14 points and two
3-pointers, both in the first quarter.
Ashley Franklin, who hit the game-winning basket, and
Michelle Copley had 11 points each while Lindsay Ramage had four points in the
victory. Tyla Bailey, Blair Hoover and LeeAnn Grider had two points each.
“I am very pleased with our team's progress thus far,” Coach
Craig Pippen said. “The Adair win was a big win for our team's momentum. Anytime
you play on the road and win a close one, it helps build team unity and
confidence. (Those are two) things that can be a tremendous asset leading into
Pippen said his players managed to win a close game that
could have gone either way.
“Earlier in the season we didn't have the same outcome,” he
said. “However, I think our team is gaining confidence and they are starting to
believe they can win close games.”
He said his team’s effort all starts with a belief
“Confidence and hard work are key to any team’s success,” he
Pippen lauded Kim Pierce’s play saying she played an “exceptional”
game both offensively and defensively.
“Our two seniors (Franklin and Copley) stepped up and played
big down the stretch,” he said. “We need that type of leadership to be
Pippen said his team was in a lot of foul trouble early but
managed to play better pressure defense without fouling in the second half.
“I am proud of the job our girls and coaches have done this
year,” Pippen said. “I think we will be ready for the district tournament and
hopefully will earn an opportunity to play in March.”