In Jan. 20 Issue
The past week saw the Russell County Lady Lakers pick up two big wins, including a district win on the road in Albany, as well as sophomore guard LeeAnn Grider enter into the prestigious Lady Laker 1,000 point club.
The first big victory came on Friday night as the Lady Lakers traveled to Albany for a matchup with the Clinton County Lady Bulldogs. Russell County managed to pull out a 51-38 victory over the Lady Bulldogs behind another big night from senior Lindsay Ramage with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
"Our win against Clinton County was a hard fought victory," said Lady Laker coach Craig Pippen. "I was proud of the way our players sustained our defensive attack."
Pippen said his club forced Clinton County into multiple turnovers down the stretch and eliminated easy buckets in the fourth quarter.
"Lindsay Ramage had a big game for us," he said. "She continues to provide us with a much needed post presence."
The Lady Lakers shot 39 percent from the field in the victory and outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 32-25.
Also scoring for Russell County was LeeAnn Grider with 11 points, Regan Helm win nine points, Julie Wethington and Madison Loy with six points each and Amanda Cooper with two points. The win put Russell County at 11-4 overall and 4-0 in 16th district action.
Then on Saturday the Lady Lakers picked up their 12th win of the season as they easily defeated Campbellsville on the road, 67-23.
"Our win against Campbellsville was a game that I felt we put four quarters together," Pippen said. "We hit on all cylinders defensively and offensively and we played good team defense and executed on offense."
He said his club forced Campbellsville to play an up-tempo style game and did a nice job taking advantage of their miscues.
"LeeAnn Grider came out on fire and hit four 3-point baskets and Blair Hoover had a nice game as well," he said. "Her shooting was much better and she made some really good passes against Campbellsville's zone defense that resulted in easy buckets."
Campbellsville struggled the entire game and failed to score in double figures in any of the four quarters.
Russell County shot 43 percent from the field while the Lady Eagles shot just 22 percent for the game.
Scoring for the Lady Lakers was Grider with 16 points, Hoover with 12 points, Ramage with 10 points, Chandra Stephens and Tyla Bailey with six points each, Regan Helm and Madison Loy with five points each, Amanda Cooper with four points, Baylee Hadley with two points and Julie Wethington with one point
"All our players who came off the bench played exceptionally well," Pippen said.
LeeAnn Grider, who is just a sophomore, broke the 1,000 point mark during the third quarter of the Campbellsville game.
"This is quite an accomplishment for a sophomore," Pippen said. "However, what really makes me proud is the way she has gone about reaching this milestone. She is one of the most unselfish point guards I have coached and she would much rather make a pass up-court to a teammate in transition than score herself. That's just the type of person she is and this is why she makes everyone around her better. She thinks 'team' before 'me.' She could easily increase her scoring and not distribute the ball as much as she does, but she gets her teammates involved and that is what makes her special."