SPRINGVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - South Pontotoc girls basketball coach Bill Russell reached a milestone this week.
Russell won his 700th career game as the Lady Cougars defeated Amanda Elzy, 56-47, in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
"It means I'm old. It means I've been in a lot of games," Russell joked after the game.
"He's disciplined. He's technical with everything, especially in girls basketball," said South Pontotoc senior guard Abbey Montgomery. "He knows we all mess up, and he gives up multiple chance after multiple chance, and he's really patient. He teaches us more than yell and holler."
"I love them and it doesn't matter how practice goes, how a game goes," Russell said. "I can scold them and get on them, but they know when the game's over that I'll put my arm around them and tell them I love them."
South Pontotoc hosts North Pontotoc in Friday's second round.