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South Pontotoc honors Russell after 700th win

February 20, 2019

Posted: Feb. 20, 2019 9:42 PM
Updated: Feb. 20, 2019 9:42 PM

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bill russell has been a fixture in mississippi high school basketball gyms for 30 years. russell has reached several milestones, including one earlier this week. wtva's andy lee has this profile. nat sound: 'shoot the basketball. let's go.' south pontotoc girls basketball coach bill russell gives his final marching orders before the second half of monday's first round playoff game with amanda elzy. nat of girl making shot his team listened as they always do. the cougars beat amanda elzy 56-47 to advance to the second round of the class 3a playoffs. it was also career win number 700 for bill russell, who started his career at senatobia in 1989. russell puts the milestone in perspective as only he can. bill russell: 'it means i'm old. it means i've been in a lot of games.' russell was able to joke after the game, but his approach to coaching is no laughing matter. andy: 'why do you think he's been so successful for all these years? abbey montgomery (south pontotoc senior guard): 'because he's disciplined. he's technical with everything, especially in girls basketball. boys basketball, you can play with a lot of athletes.' x's and o's are only half of the equation. the real secret to bill russell's success is his bedside manner. 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.' bill russell (700 career wins): 'i love them and it don't matter how practice goes, how a game goes.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.' in springville, andy lee, wtva 9 sports. coach russell goes for career win number 701 against north pontotoc on friday in the second round of the class 3a playoffs. a couple of schedule changes
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