Russellville celebrates senior night during busy week of basketball

The Russellville High School varsity basketball teams were back on the court after missing playing time as a result of winter weather. With the postseason area tournaments quickly approaching, the Golden Tigers are looking to finish the regular season strong.

BOYS

Russellville 83, Hamilton 62

Russellville hosted the Hamilton Aggies on Jan. 23, and the Golden Tigers got the victory. Hamilton led 21-20 after one quarter, but RHS rallied in the second quarter to take a 41-37 advantage into the half. A 27-12 third period helped seal the win for the Golden Tigers.

EJ King and Malachi Duncan were top-scorers for RHS with 25 points each. Mike Young followed with 13, and KJ Murray also scored in double-figures with 11 points. Gavin Hyde added five points, while Jah Williams and Cam Phinizee had two points apiece.

Russellville 74, Lawrence County 65

The Golden Tigers traveled to Moulton to take on the Red Devils of Lawrence County on Jan. 26. Russellville improved to 5-0 in area play with the win and clinched home court advantage in the upcoming area tournament.

RHS led 39-34 at the half, and the Golden Tigers were on top 57-48 going into the game’s final quarter. EJ King had a big night with 31 points. Malachi Duncan had 13, and KJ Murray scored 10. Jah Williams added eight, Gavin Hyde had four, Mike Young and Rylan Pratt scored three each and Cam Phinizee finished the game with two points.

Russellville 93, Hamilton 58

Senior night was a huge success for Russellville as the Golden Tigers won in dominating fashion over the Aggies on Jan. 29. RHS honored seniors Amir Williams, Mike Young, KJ Murray, Gavin Hyde, Bralynn Vincent and Malachi Duncan before the game.

Duncan led Russellville with 28 points including six three-pointers. Murray also hit six three-point shots on his way to a 20 point night. King scored 15, Young 11, Pratt nine, Hyde seven and Phinizee scored three. The Golden Tigers improved to 14-5 on the season.

GIRLS

Hamilton 51, Russellville 47

The Lady Golden Tigers tried to erase a nine-point deficit entering the fourth quarter but came up short versus the Lady Aggies.

Ella Copeland and Laila Hill led RHS in scoring with 15 points each. Avery Watts added eight, Jacey Moore scored six and Desiree Medina had three points.

Russellville 57, Lawrence County 28

Russellville improved to 3-2 in area play with a big win over the Lady Devils in Moulton. RHS led 34-15 at the half and 48-20 after three quarters of action.

Ella Copeland was top-scorer with 19 points, and Avery Watts scored in double-figures with 11. Laila Hill added eight, Jacey Moore had seven, Sadie Odom scored six, Desiree Medina had five and Alexia Groce scored one point.

Russellville 56, Brooks 38

RHS added a game to the schedule and hosted the Lady Lions on Jan. 27. Brooks jumped out to a 16-9 first quarter lead, but the Lady Tigers answered with a 22-10 second period. Russellville’s defense held BHS to 12 second half points to earn the win.

Copeland led Russellville with 21 points. Next was Watts with 14 points, Hill with 11 and Odom with three. Jacey Moore, Jemma Moore and Medina all had two points each.

Hamilton 54, Russellville 40

RHS honored seniors Avery Watts, Jacey Moore and Desiree Medina as part of senior night festivities.

Russellville (10-12) got 15 points from Copeland, 12 from Jacey Moore and Hill added six. Jemma Moore scored three while Watts and Odom had two points apiece.

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