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‘Cats lose to Auburn, face Valley next

Published 10:59am Thursday, January 24, 2013

By Ed Bailey

The Benjamin Russell Wildcats’ most recent road trip was one they’d soon like to forget.
The boys squad was downed 63-29 and fell to 6-12 on the year.
“First of all, it was a poor job of coaching, a poor job of playing and a poor job of executing, which comes back to coaching,” BRHS boys basketball coach  Jeff Hines said. “It was by far the worst game we’ve played all year. We’ve got to recommit ourselves to what our goal is, me included.”
That goal, according to Hines, is area supremacy.
With a 3-2 record in the area, Benjamin Russell is still in the conversation for the area title, but Hines said a win over Valley would go a long way toward that goal.
In the Wildcats’ earlier meeting with Valley this season, Valley prevailed 58-36.
“We’re going to have to play defense, and we’ve got to rebound in order to beat Valley,” Hines said. “If we do those things and take care of the ball, we’ll give ourselves a very good chance to win.”
Hines said the team is motivated to close the season strong, but the players must play as a unit to do that.
“The players are disappointed with their effort last night,” he said. “I’m not saying that the players are selfish by any means, but we’ve got to recommit ourselves to playing as 12 guys.”

BRHS girls v. Auburn girls
The Lady Wildcats lost to Auburn 55-43.
With the loss, the girls’ record fell to 8-7.
Jernika Russell led the Lady ‘Cats with 18 points. Cookie Kelley had 15 points.
BRHS girls basketball coach Ron Rowe said that while the team played well, a season-long issue contributed to its most recent defeat.
“Turnovers killed us again,” Rowe said. “We had 27 of them against Auburn. But I think we played well, particularly in the second half.”
As a result of the high volume of turnovers, Rowe said that a new face would get her turn at running the point for the Lady Wildcats.
“Nikita Adamson handled the ball really well for us against them (Auburn),” he said. “She’ll get to play a lot, along with (Chloe) Owens. Whichever one of them does better as the game goes on is who’ll be in there down the stretch.”
The BRHS girls have a 4-1 record in area play and still have a chance at the top seed of the area tournament.