In Jan. 20 Issue
The Russell County Lakers fell in heartbreaking fashion on the road Friday night, losing to district rival Clinton County in overtime 57-55. It was the Lakers' first district loss in 11 games and puts Russell County's season record at 11-4 and their district record at 3-1 on the season.
The host Bulldogs were led by junior Wayne Stearns with 24 points and shot 46 percent from the field as a team in the victory. The Lakers, who shot 37 percent, found themselves down by 10 points as one time in the third quarter but battled back behind some big shots by Tyler Robertson and Blake Aaron, as well as a big 3-point shot in overtime by Hunter Best to tie the game at 55. Bulldog Wendell Maupin put a missed shot back in as time expired to give the Bulldogs the big win on their home court.
"We've put ourselves in this position several times this season, getting down early and having to battle back," Laker coach Willie Feldhaus said.
"Up to this point we've been pretty successful but if you play enough close games you're not going to win them all."
He said he was impressed by his team putting themselves in a chance to win but knew pulling out the victory over Clinton County on their home court would be a challenge.
Feldhaus said he was impressed by the way Robertson played despite the tough Bulldog defense being applied to him throughout the game
Scoring for the Lakers was Tyler Robertson with 27 points, Blake Aaron with 11 points, Barton Mann with six points, Nick Coffey with four points and 11 rebounds, Hunter Best with three points, and Martin Cross and Logan Smith with two points each.