Crittenden County's Lady Rockets dropped their opening matchup 57-48 against the host team at the Russellville Holiday Tournament.
The game was tied at the half before Russellville dropped out of its zone defense and frustrated the Lady Rockets with tight man-to-man pressure. The change frustrated Crittenden's halfcourt offense and Russellville held CCHS to just five points in the third period.
Foul trouble and poor shooting also plagued the Lady Rockets. Chelsea Oliver and Mallory McDowell worked the second half in foul trouble. Both played limited minutes, but McDowell was the only casualty to fouls. She left the game with just under three minutes to go.
Oliver finished with 19 points, leaving her needing just six to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her career. See complete linescore from game.
Russellville's left-handed forward Loreal Cheaney, just a sophomore, was her team's offensive catalyst. She scored 27, which is nine above her average.
The Lady Rockets play Central Hardin at 6:15 tonight in the consolation bracket. They will also play tomorrow.
Crittenden's boys play tonight at 8 pm in the LaRue County Tournament. See bracket.