Lady Indians win opener at Iberia

The Russellville High School girls basketball teams traveled to Iberia Nov. 19 to play their first games of the 2012-13 season, where the varsity defeated the Lady Rangers 66-51.

Russellville led 18-11 after the first quarter, 38-22 at the half, and 52-35 after three quarters. Iberia outscored the Lady Indians 16-14 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late as the Lady Indians came away with the win.

Russellville's JV lost a close contest to Iberia 47-45.

"I'm really proud of our team," Russellville Head Coach David Volkart said. "We went on the road and got a nice win. Some of our kids stepped up, which is always nice to see. We have areas to improve on, but this is definitely a nice start to our season. We'll get to work in practice to prepare for the Eugene Tournament."

A. J. Grellner led Russellville with 25 points, including two 3-pointers, and she had four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. Kennedy Volkart followed with 15 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Hannah Campbell contributed 13 points, including one 3-pointer, and was 4-5 at the free-throw line. Campbell also had six rebounds and six assists. Hannah Matthews had six points, six assists and one blocked shot.

Russellville's varsity girls are currently participating in the Eugene Invitational this week (Nov. 26-Dec. 1). The #2 seeded Lady Indians defeated #7 seeded Versailles 68-45 Monday night at the tourney.

Russellville led 21-8 after one quarter, 45-20 at the half and 52-30 after three quarters. Volkart led the Lady Indians with 17 points, followed by Campbell with 16. Grellner chipped in with 13 points, while Matthews scored 12.

Volkart led rebounds with 11, while Campbell had nine. Matthews had four assists and Grellner had three.

"I'm proud of our effort," Coach Volkart said. "I think we came out and did some nice things offensively. We had four girls in double figures, which shows a lot of balance. Defensively. we need to be more consistent. We will continue to work on things in practice."

Russellville will play California, the #3 seed, in the semifinal round at 6 p.m. Thursday. (California defeated Camdenton 52-46 Monday.)

The championship game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Following the Eugene Invitational, Russellville will host South Callaway at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

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