In Jan. 28 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Sports Editor
The 14-2 Russell County Lakers remained undefeated in district play with a 57-48 victory at Cumberland County High School Monday night over the 7-12 Panthers.
Behind 29 big points from senior guard Robbie Bell, the Lakers managed to get the win despite the physical Panthers battling hard down the stretch.
“It seems to be a replay for us since Christmas,” coach Willie Feldhaus said. “We haven't really shot the ball well enough or defended well enough to push the lead out on people.”
Feldhaus lauded Bell's play on the night.
“We expect so much out of him,” he said.
“He is going to be our first option a lot and he needs to continue to play well for us as do our other kids as well.”
The Lakers shot 40 percent from the field in the game as Feldhaus went nine deep in the matchup due to foul trouble.
“I know Logan Smith can give us some good minutes,” he said. “I know he will battle and rebound and do those things for us.”
Feldhaus did say that a flaw of his was not playing his young kids enough, even in close ballgames, due to the sheer number of seniors he has on the roster.
Russell County failed to connect on a three-point basket in the first half but did hit for treys in the second half.
Also scoring for Russell County was senior Zach Carney with nine points, senior Bryson McFall with eight points, four points each for both Lucas and Adam Justice, two points for junior Logan Smith and one point for freshman Tyler Robertson.
Russell County forced the Panthers into 19 turnovers and committed just five turnovers themselves.
Cameron Stalcup led the Panthers with 18 points.