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RHS splits with Central-Florence

VARSITY BOYS

Russellville 76, Central-Florence 48

The Golden Tigers went to Central Dec. 11 and used a balanced scoring attack to take down the Wildcats.

Nine RHS players scored, with Devin Buckhalter leading the way with 18 points. Colin Bonner scored 12, and Lucas McNutt also had a double-figure point total with 11, as did Chandler Dyas with 10. Will Bonner pitched in with nine points, while Jeb Bishop scored six. Caden Parker and Jamaal Hubbard had four each, and Brooks Scott scored two points.

Russellville 73, Haleyville 54

Buckhalter had a big night at Haleyville Thursday, leading RHS with 29 points and passing the 1,000-point mark for his varsity career.

The senior hit five three-pointers on his way to his season high in points in a game for the No. 7-ranked team in the ASWA Class 5A poll.

“He’s a special kid and a special player,” said Russellville head coach Patrick Odom. “He deserves it, and obviously, he’s not done. I love him, and I’m proud of him, and the fun part is seeing … how he’s matured not just as a player but as a young man.”

The Golden Tigers held the Lions to 13 first half points, and RHS got additional scoring from McNutt (13), Will Bonner (9), Colin Bonner (9), Parker (5), Bishop (4) and Scott (1). Dyas scored three points in the contest but left in the second quarter with a sprained ankle that could keep him out of action for a few games.

VARSITY GIRLS

Central-Florence 45, Russellville 22

The Lady Golden Tigers struggled throughout the game on the offensive end, and the Wildcats made them pay.

RHS scored two points in the first quarter and trailed 17-10 at the half. Central held a 30-15 advantage going into the fourth quarter and outscored Russellville 15-7 in the game’s final period.

Lexie Glass led Russellville with 11 points. Madison Murray scored six, while AJ Taylor had three and Fallin Cox scored two.

Russellville 42, Haleyville 38

RHS bounced back Thursday night at Haleyville for an intense, hard-fought victory over the Lady Lions.

Murray led a balanced Russellville attack with 10 points. Fallin Cox (9), Lexie Glass (9), Krista Sikes (5), AJ Taylor (5), Chalea Clemmons (2) and Autumn Logan (2) all pitched in for RHS.

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