In Feb. 28-March 5 issue By Derek Aaron, Times Journal Sports Editor
The Russell County Lady Lakers have made it to the 16th district championship game by defeating the Metcalfe County Lady Hornets by 12 on Tuesday night at Laker Gym, 47-35.
“It was a huge win,” said Head Coach Craig Pippen. “It tickles me because our two seniors (Michelle Copley and Ashley Franklin) have never been to region.”
Because RussellCounty will either be district champs or runners-up, they get the chance to play in the 4th Region tournament held at Western Kentucky’s Diddle Arena.
“It is the first time that our girls have been to region in 14 years,” he said. Pippen said this was a goal of his from the moment he accepted the head coaching position last year.
“That was the first thing I wrote on the board when I got here,” he said “I put that we want to get to Diddle Arena.”
He said his team bought into that concept over the course of the year and realized that every game was just a step closer to their ultimate goal.
“We weren’t going to concern ourselves with wins and losses but we did end up with 12 wins and that’s pretty good,” he said.
He said that by Feb. 26 he hoped his team was playing their best basketball, and it appears that way.
Pippen lauded the play of both Copley and Franklin. The seniors hit a combined 10 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to help put away the pesky Lady Hornets.
He also said freshman Lindsay Ramage played her biggest game of the year thus far, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for a double-double.
Pippen said Kim Pierce played a great all around game, scoring 10 points and playing fierce defense on the Hornets’ best player, Megan Stephens, who only scored six points. She had recently lit up BarrenCounty for 28 points and Caverna for 30, respectively.
“I’m proud of the girls and proud that they achieved their goal,” he said.
Pippen said he appreciated the opportunity to play for a district title on Thursday night against CumberlandCounty. Game time is at RCHS.
“We don’t want to be satisfied with just being runners-up,” he said. “We want to get that district championship.”
Against Metcalfe, Kim Pierce had 10 points and five rebounds, Franklin had 16 points and four rebounds, Ramage had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Copley had seven points and five rebounds and Kyla Thomas had two points and four rebounds.
Metcalfe’s leading scorer was Jessica Harris with 14 points and 10 rebounds. MetcalfeCounty finishes the season 13-15.
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