By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Berea Community Pirates and Model Laboratory Lady Patriots each lost their first three games at the Berea Holiday Classic.
But, both teams wrapped up tournament play on Sunday with impressive victories.
The Lady Patriots defeated South Floyd, 67-42, and the Pirates beat Owsley County, 57-41, in games at Berea Community School.
In other tournament games Sunday at Berea Community, Madison Southern fell to Franklin County, 74-55, and Model picked up a 74-59 win over Webster County in the championship game of the consolation bracket.
Lady Patriots 67, South Floyd 42
Model (3-7) got another outstanding performance from senior Darrian Botts and rallied from an early deficit to South Floyd. Botts scored a game-high 37 points and Hayley Hunt added 17 points as the Lady Patriots snapped a four-game losing streak.
Abby Vicars had nine points and Julia Smith had a point.
Model trailed 16-14 after the first quarter, but out-scored South Floyd 23-6 in the second quarter. The Lady Patriots were up 46-29 after three quarters.
Botts scored at least 18 points in all of four of Model’s games in the tournament. She scored 33 against Perry County Central and had 20 points against Lewis County. She finished with 108 points during tournament action in Berea.
Model is set to return to action Jan. 6 at Nicholas County.
Berea 57, Owsley County 41
The Pirates (3-5) had just a one-point lead after three quarters, but used a big fourth quarter to earn a 57-41 victory over Owsley County in their tournament finale.
Trey Terrill had a team-best 16 points, Andy Allen and Dustin Kates had 11 points each and Shyiem Alexander added 10 points.
The win snapped a four--game losing streak for the Pirates.
Berea was up 39-38 heading into the final eight minutes of the game. The Pirates held Owsley County without a field goal in the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Owls 18-3.
Bradley Atkins had five points and Jarrel Tevis and Austin Warford had two points each for Berea.
The Pirates are set to return to action on Jan. 4 at home against Madison Central.
Franklin County 74, Madison Southern 55
The Eagles (3-7) couldn’t overcome a big early deficit or keep Franklin County off of the free throw line Sunday in their tournament finale at the Berea Holiday Classic.
The Flyers shot 54 free throws (making 35 of them) and went on to defeat Madison Southern, 74-55, in consolation bracket action. Stacy Burns had 13 points to lead the Eagles, while Griffin Gabbard added 11 points and Tanner Kidwell and Antonio Thrash each had six points.
Franklin County jumped out to a 12-1 lead and had a 27-10 advantage in the second half. Southern rallied using a 20-7 run to get within four points (34-30). The Flyers scored the final four points of the half to take a 38-30 lead.
Southern was 12-of-27 from the free throw line.
Trevor Huff and Brandon Sargent had five points each, Devante Linville and Caleb Miller had three points each, and Andrew Miller had two points for the Eagles.
Southern is set to return to action Dec. 30 at home against an Australian traveling team.
Model 74, Webster County 59
The Patriots won the championship game of the consolation bracket of the Berea Holiday Classic on Sunday, 74-59 over Webster County.
Zack Rice-Gordon led three Patriots in double figures with 23 points.
Ephraim Otieno added 16 points and Jared Adams had 14 as Model picked up its third straight win in the tournament after losing its opener to Jackson County.
Model jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on two baskets by Rice-Gordon and another by Adams, and after back-to-back baskets by Adams were up 11-6.
Webster quickly answered back to tie it at 11-11, then took a 16-13 lead a few minutes later on a three pointer at the buzzer by Max McMain.
Model re-took the lead for good mid-way through the second quarter and took a 30-25 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Patriots extended their lead to eight, 56-48 at the end of the third quarter, then outscored Webster County 18-11 to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Keith Mason finished with eight points, Caleb Kincaid had another good game on the inside for the Patriots, finishing with seven points and Alex Chen added six points.
Model gets a few days off before taking on Garrard County at home on Jan. 2.