Lady Warriors gain a win

Nov. 30, 2017

In a thriller, the Russell County Lady Warriors picked up their first win of the season on Nov. 27 with a 58-55 victory over the Valley High Lady Rams at the Valley High School gymnasium. A three-point shot from Valley’s Arteria Florence tied the game at 47 with just 2.7 seconds remaining in regulation. In overtime, Russell County was a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line and added three field goals, including two from J. Williams. 

Both teams struggled to score out of the gate as they only combined for 12 points in the first quarter, with Valley closing the quarter with a 7-5 lead. Leading 11-8 two minutes into the second quarter, Lady Warrior J. Battles sunk a pair of free throws to cut the Lady Rams’ lead to one. A three-pointer by Valley’s Kenjadae Dunn on the next possession extended the lead to four points.  Russell County would then go on an 8-0 run thanks to Battles who picked up a defensive rebound and a lay-up to tie the game at 14 with 2:27 remaining in the half and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line within the next minute. 

Russell County’s J. Francis scored a two-point field goal after an offensive rebound to close the half to extend the Lady Warriors’ lead to 20-14. Battles scored 13 points in the second quarter for Russell County; she 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She scored a season high 31 points overall and was 14-of-18 from the free throw line. She accounted for 10 third quarter points as the Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Rams 21-15 in the third. 

Mesby and Florence combined for 17 points for Valley in the fourth quarter to erase a 12-point deficit. Valley tied the game at 44 with 4:28 remaining in regulation when Mesby hit a three from the corner. Battles re-took the lead for Russell County when she scored a lay-up with 24 seconds left in the fourth. After Florence’s second game-tying three-pointer, the game headed into a four-minute overtime period. 

Valley struck first in OT to take a two-point lead. Russell County responded to tie the game at 47 when K. Randolph scored two free throws with 3:41 remaining in the period. Each team would trade shots over the next two minutes as the game would tie four times. Battles scored a lay-up through traffic with 39.7 seconds remaining to take a two-point lead. Dunn would cut the lead to one with a free throw on the next possession. Williams picked up an assist when her pass to L. Jamison found the basket with seconds remaining to extend the Russell County lead to 58-55.

The Lady Warriors will host Northview on Dec. 1. Tip-off is expected at 6 p.m. ET and will travel to Lafayette High School on Dec. 5 before re-matching with Northview in Dothan, Ala., on Dec. 8.