After much anticipation on whether or not there would be a high school basketball season, both the Lady Lakers and Russell County Lakers opened up their season at home on January 5th to host the Taylor County Cardinals. The Lady Lakers started off the night and fell to the Lady Cardinals by a score of 38-24. Senior Juliah Bault led the team in scoring with 10 points while having 4 rebounds on the night. The team shot 7-32 from the floor and 3-25 from the three-point line.
The boys opened up their season with a big win, defeating the Taylor County Cardinals by a score of 58-54 on Tuesday night. Junior Jay Milburn led the team in scoring with 16 points, with Senior Scott Hamm right behind him with 15 points. The Lakers shot 61 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Cardinals 36-22.
Both teams headed to Albany for another doubleheader on Friday, January 8th to face district rival, Clinton County. The girls came up with a big district win after taking the game into overtime. Junior Sophie Shearer joined the team on Friday and contributed eight points, including a big three in overtime to help push the Lakers to victory. Senior Juliah Bault also played a big part in the overtime win as she led the team in scoring with 14 points, while also having 5 steals and 4 rebounds. Bault was also 8-10 from the free-throw line and made a crucial set of free throws in overtime to seal the lead over the Lady Bulldogs.
While the girls came up big, the boys struggled to find their rhythm on Friday night and fell to a very talented Clinton County team by a score of 48-38. The Lakers found themselves in foul trouble early as Junior Jay Milburn racked up fouls early and only ended up being able to play for 12 minutes on Friday. Turnovers also played a big role in the loss as the Lakers finished with 18 turnovers on the night, 13 being in the second half. Senior Clay Anderson led the team in scoring with 11 points including three three-pointers. While the district loss was tough for the Lakers, Coach Carson was pleased with the way his team played in what could be described as a very physical game from the very beginning. A total of 36 fouls were called, but Carson says, “Overall, I think they handled the physical nature of the game well.”
The week was not yet over for the Lakers as they hosted the Somerset Briar Jumpers on Saturday. The Lakers fell to 1-2 on the season as they fell short to the Jumpers by a score of 43-38. Senior Scott Hamm led the team with a double-double, 18 points, and 10 rebounds on Saturday night.
Another doubleheader is scheduled for tonight at Russell County High School. The Lady Lakers will take on the Barren County Trojanettes at 6 p.m. The Mighty Laker boys squad is expected to take the floor shortly after the girls’ game to take on Barren County. The estimated start time is around 7:30 p.m.