By Chad Dixon
Area games resume this week for Russell County’s Lady Warriors (4-10). They are trying to rebound from a 62-52 loss to Lanett (3-4) on Jan. 6 at the Russell County High School gymnasium. Lanett’s Makiya Broughton scored five of the Lady Panthers’ 16 first quarter points as they closed the first quarter with a 16-6 lead.
The Lady Warriors closed the lead to eight to begin the second quarter when a steal by Jasmine Francis led to a two-point shot by Jaidyn Battle. Each team would trade field goals before the Lady Warriors would go on a 4-0 run midway through the quarter. With 2:08 remaining in the first half, Tanya Denson sank a two-point field goal to cut the Lanett lead to 27-22. The Lady Panthers would score eight unanswered points to close the second quarter. Lanett’s Jayla Higgins knocked down a three-pointer with 1:25 remaining. Broughton and Madden added a pair of two-point shots.
Lanett out-rebounded the Lady Warriors 25-19 in the first half. Lady Panthers’ Octavia Wright owned the third quarter with eight rebounds and seven points. She scored 13 points overall and was one of two Lady Panthers in double digit scoring. Broughton led Lanett with 18 points. Lanett closed the third quarter with a commanding 51-32 lead.
The Lady Warriors would not make the final quarter easy for Lanett. Russell County outscored Lanett 15-4 in the first four minutes of the quarter. Sydney Beasley scored a pair of three-pointers in that time span. Lanett would create some separation with a 5-0 run to extend the lead to 60-48. Lanett held Russell County to four points in the final 2:30 of the game.
Russell County looks for their first area win of the season as they play the Dothan Lady Tigers on Jan. 12. They will then host the Central Lady Red Devils on Jan. 13. Lanett will host Sacred Heart Catholic on Jan. 12.