By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Berea Community swept a doubleheader from Red Bird Thursday as both the girls and boys teams registered lopsided victories.
The Lady Pirates (2-3) got 18 points each from senior Chase Fain and freshman Jordan Sandefur in a 55-30 win.
“Chase and Jordan both had 18 points and they are doing a great job of hitting the gaps off of ball reversal,” Berea coach Jennifer Cornett said. “Our team has improved so much from day one. It’s difficult to see it by our record but we are really coming together at a great time and doing the little things.”
Fain got the Lady Pirates going early, netting nine points in the opening quarter, while Sandefur had four as Berea raced out to an 18-3 lead.
The Lady Pirates extended their lead to 30-6 at the half and were up 38-8 less than three minutes into the second half.
Cornett pulled her starters with five minutes remaining in the quarter as the Lady Cardinals chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 43-17 after three quarters.
Berea slowly pushed the lead back out in the fourth quarter and led by 31 points after a basket by Conner Coyle with 1:25 remaining.
Red Bird finished with a flourish, getting the final five points of the game.
Coyle finished with five points, Miranda Montgomery and Emily Keyser had four points each, Allie Maynard and Victoria Sexton had two points each and Cristina Morgan and Teresa Kidwell had a point each.
The Lady Pirates are back in action on Tuesday when they host Barbourville.
Berea 80, Red Bird 20
The Pirates (1-1) quickly jumped out 5-0 then rolled to an 18-4 lead after the first quarter. They extended the lead to 40-12 at the half and were never threatened.
Though it wasn’t against the toughest competition they will face this season, Berea coach Cameron Jackson said he was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Red Bird came out and they played hard. Most games we will be playing stiffer competition, but this game is a good showing and a good confidence builder for our guys,” he said.
The Pirates really pushed the ball up the court against the Cardinals, which is something Jackson said he wants his team to do more of this season.
“We want to change this season and dictate the tempo. We want at times to play fast, but not hurry. That’s our motto,” Jackson said.
Berea got a balanced scoring effort on the night as four players reached double figures — Andy Allen, Trey Terrell, Bradley Atkins and Austin Warford — with 14 each.
“We’ve got eight or nine kids who can score 10 plus points on any night. Whenever we do that, that means we’re sharing the ball and making our teammates look good, so that’s a good thing,” he said. “I was pretty pleased with how we played today sharing the ball.”
Shyiem Alexander finished with eight points for the Pirates, while Dustin Kates and Jarell Tevis — in his first game for Berea — had six points each and Derek Castle added four points.
The Pirates are back in action on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Riverside Christian in the Central Bank Shootout at Model.