In Feb. 19 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Sports Editor
The Russell County Lakers defeated Madison Southern on Tuesday night at Laker Gym by a score of 53-42 to move to 20-5 on the season.
Russell County jumped out to a 19-7 lead at the end of the first quarter that helped put them in the driver’s seat. The Lakers would never relinquish the lead.
“With the struggles we’ve been having, we’ll take it,” Feldhaus said of the win. “I don’t think it was pretty but we did a few more things right tonight than we’ve done lately.”
The Lakers, led in scoring by senior Bryon Ellis’ 11 points, saw seven players score in the 11-point win, something Coach Willie Feldhaus has relied on all season.
“We’re not getting any easy baskets inside and when you have to rely on jump shooting all the time it kind of makes things difficult,” he said. “In the second half we did enough things right to keep a comfortable lead and pull it out.”
Juniors Robbie Bell and Adam Justice each tallied nine points in the victory while Lucas Justice, Bryson McFall, Tyler Robertson and Zach Carney all scored six points apiece.
Also, Bell and Carney each grabbed eight rebounds in the victory.
Kyle Burchett and Bryce Bailey also played for the Lakers but did not score. Russell County shot 46 percent from the field for the game while holding Madison Southern to just 41 percent shooting on the night.
The Laker bench also outscored Madison’s 15-0 on the night, thanks to good games from the team’s role players.
Up next for the Lakers is 19-9 Allen County-Scottsville on Friday night at Laker Gym.
“I know they’ve got a 6-8 or 6-9 kid that will be a very difficult matchup for us and they’ve got another athletic kid, 6-3 or so, that moved in there for them this year,” Feldhaus said.
He said the Patriots started the season 10-0 and are 5-1 in their district.
“Obviously they are a very good basketball team,” he said.
The Allen County-Scottsville game is also set aside as Senior Night for two Lakers, 1,000-point club member Bryon Ellis and Campbellsville football signee Bryce Bailey.
“If there are two finer guys in the state of Kentucky, I’d like to know who they are,” Feldhaus said of his senior leaders.
“And I’m not even talking about the basketball part.”
He said the two players had earned the respect of their own peers, teachers, administrators and coaches, which is sometimes hard to do.
“They’re both fine young men,” he said.