Russellville basketball teams celebrate Senior Night with wins
Russellville 47, Colbert County 41
Russellville’s Madison Murray, Krista Sikes, AJ Taylor, Lexie Glass, Makala O’Neal and Autumn Logan celebrated Senior Night Monday, and the Lady Golden Tigers (6-18) got their second-straight win with a victory over the Colbert County Indians.
Murray led the way with 22 points, while freshman Jenna Whitfield had 11. Logan scored seven, Taylor had four, and Glass added three.
Head coach Jermaine Groce shared what the seniors mean to the program. “Several of them are life-long Golden Tigers that started playing basketball in the seventh grade,” he said. “Just the commitment to stick with it and stay in the program and commit yourself to trying to get better every year even though you didn’t have a whole, whole lot of success – it’s finally paying off for the girls.
“So, when you can make that type of commitment long-term, it just bodes well for the program and what you’re trying to do and encourages other student-athletes to come in and participate in what we’ve got going on.”
Russellville 36, Jasper 33
The Lady Golden Tigers snapped an 11-game losing streak with a win at Jasper Friday.
Murray led Russellville with 16 points, and Taylor also scored in double figures with 10. Whitfield and Fallin Cox finished with three points apiece, while Sikes and Glass scored two each.
Russellville 61, Colbert County 45
The five RHS seniors started the action Monday night, and the group got their team off to a fast start and a 12-6 lead in the game’s first five minutes.
Levi Gist, Cam Bonn, Jamaal Hubbard, Jaxon Hallmark and Nathaniel Trussell took the floor as seniors and helped snap a six-game losing streak with the win over the Indians.
“It’s a great way to send our five seniors out,” said Russellville head coach Patrick Odom. “I’m proud of them and love them; they’re great young men.
“That’s something you always want to be able to do, and we were able to do that tonight. I’m happy for our team, but I’m also happy for five guys that mean a lot to me.”
Russellville (10-12) got points from eight different players. Brooks Scott led the team with 12, while Chandler Dyas added 10. Gist had 11, Samuel Pace scored 10, and Jeb Bishop pitched in with eight. Hubbard finished with four, while Bonn and McCulloch had two points each to round out the scoring.
Jasper 79, Russellville 51
The Vikings got their second win over the Golden Tigers in less than a week with a victory Friday night in Jasper.
JHS outscored Russellville 24-10 in the game’s second quarter to pull away for the win. Scott led RHS with 16 points, while Pace added 10. Dyas pitched in with nine, and Gist scored eight. Bishop had six, and Trussell scored two.