Warriors lose 66-47 at Valley High

Nov. 30, 2017

By Chad Dixon

The Russell County Warriors (1-1) dropped their first loss of the season at Valley High School on Nov. 27 in a 66-47 loss. Coach Ronnie Battle knows the mistakes that were made in the loss and is eager to get them corrected. 

“We had way too many unforced turnovers, gave up too many easy baskets and layups. The defensive intensity must pick up and rebounding as well,” Battle said. Our team was not aggressive off the dribble and we did not convert easy basket situations. These are things that we must get better at quickly and I am sure we will.”

The Warriors took an early 3-0 lead after the tip-off when Jawon Shepard sank a three-pointer near the key 27 seconds into the game. Valley would take the lead four minutes later when power forward Markevious Booker picked up a steal and a lay-up to give the Rams a 6-5 advantage. The Rams would close the first eight minutes with a narrow 13-12 lead. 

The Rams would go on an early 7-0 run in the second quarter to extend their lead to 20-14. The Warriors would close the lead to two with 4:30 remaining in the half when Damon Lloyd scored a two-point shot. Valley’s Davontrez Daniel would sink a three-pointer from the corner as the half closed. Valley led 32-21 at the half. 

The Rams dominated the first half of the third quarter with a 13-0 run. Center Kevonte Cooper scored points in the period and led the Rams with 14 overall. Russell County’s Gary Johnson was 2-for-2 at the free throw line late in the third, but Valley had already compiled a 45-21 advantage.  The Warriors would go onto an 8-0 run for themselves late in the third, but trailed 47-30 entering the fourth. 

Valley outscored the Warriors 19-17 in the final quarter to seal their third win of the season. The Rams had four players in double digits for points: Cooper (14), Daniel (13), Jaevin Tucker (12) and Booker (11). Shepard led the Warriors with 13 points.  

Russell County will open area play on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. ET as they host Northview at the Russell County High gymnasium.