See photos from the RCHS vs. SSHS game here.
The Russell County Lady Warriors basketball team has started 2020 off the same way they ended 2019, rolling over anyone and everyone in their path. After winning the Lee County Christmas Classic, County had two games in the Muscogee County Christmas Showcase. Coach Demond McCoy had to have his team ready and prepared early in the morning on Dec. 28 and Dec. 30, as both of their games were scheduled to start at 9 a.m., ET.
The early start wasn’t the only thing working against the Lady Warriors. The Green Waves had a good size advantage, while Russell County was missing a very important part of its team in point guard Jasmine Francis due to the holiday. The time didn’t seem to be a problem, as Russell County built a 18-15 lead in the first quarter. Sydney Beasley did a stellar job taking over the point guard position for Francis, while Jakaiyah Williams and TaNya Denson were able to hold their own against the bigger Spencer players. The two teams mostly traded baskets in the second quarter, with Jakayla Geiger hitting two clutch three pointers to help the Lady Warriors to a 32-27 halftime lead. Beasley was more than able to beat Spencer’s full court press, scoring eight points in the third quarter. With a 50-42 lead and one quarter left to play, Russell County slowed down the pace of the game. McCoy instructed his Lady Warriors to hold the ball and play keep away in the back court. The plan worked, with Russell County taking a 56-51 victory.
The Lady Warriors had an easier game against Northside-Columbus in the second game of the Christmas Showcase. They also had Francis back, who helped lead Russell County to a 81-37 victory. Russell County continued their winning streak with a 52-37 blowout over Benjamin Russell on Friday and a 40+ point blowout over Smiths Station on Saturday, where McCoy pulled his starters in the third quarter.
The win over Benjamin Russell was the first area game for the Lady Warriors, with a tough area showdown played against Opelika on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs made it to the state championship game last year and won 17 of their past 19 games before facing the Lady Warriors on Tuesday.
The win streak for Russell County before the game against Opelika was eight games in a row and 11 of their last 12. Russell County has only lost three games this season and have a total of two area games left against Opelika and Benjamin Russell. They also have upcoming games against Northside-Columbus, Central, and Smiths Station.