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January 8, 2014

H.S. BASKETBALL: Southern rallies for home win over Bryan Station

BEREA — The Madison Southern Lady Eagles picked up a big come-from-behind win, 57-50, over Bryan Station Tuesday at home.

Southern trailed by as many as six points in the second half and were down 49-44 with 3:55 remaining before staging the comeback

Sophomore forward Briana Lanham hit four-straight free throws to get the Lady Eagles within one, at 49-48, with 2:25 remaining.

Her rebound and putback of a missed shot gave Southern the lead with 1:45 left on the clock.

After the Lady Defenders tied the game at 50 all with a free throw, junior point guard Kristen Hayes gave the Lady Eagles the lead again with a driving layup with 1:17 remaining.

Samantha Parms made it 54-50 on a jumper with 51 seconds remaining.

Lanham then came up with a huge play on defense, taking a charge that negated a Bryan Station basket with 46.5 seconds to go.

Parms made a great catch of a bullet pass from Hayes in traffic on a fast break and scored to put Southern on top 56-50.

Lanham rounded out the scoring with a free throw with 26 seconds left and the Lady Eagles hung on for the win.

“This was a good win. I told them to be patient through their runs because they would make some threes and they did, but we really battled them and I’m proud of them,” Southern coach Summer Simmons said. “We’re still learning as we go. We’re starting to learn when we need to pound the ball in the middle when its a tight game like this and we did at the end.”

Hayes led all scorers with 25 points, while Lanham finished with 14 and Parms added 10 points. Kelley Freeman had six points on two three pointers and Rachel Ramey had two points.

The Lady Eagles got off to a good start, taking a 6-4 lead on a three pointer by  Freeman.

But several turnovers by Southern trying to force the ball in the middle when it wasn’t there while passing up good shots allowed Bryan Station to forge out to a 16-14 lead after the first quarter.

Southern built a 23-19 second-quarter lead behind five-straight points by Hayes, but once again, turnovers allowed the Lady Defenders to rally and take a 29-24 lead. Hayes drained a basket to close out the quarter and get the Lady Eagles to within 29-26 at the half.

Take away all the turnovers, Simmons said, and the Lady Eagles would have taken a lead into the locker room.

“We were trying to transition hard but early we were trying to make the extra pass when it didn't need to be made, we just needed to go up strong,” Simmons said. “If we had eliminated half our turnovers, especially in the first half, this would have been a different game.”

The Lady Eagles slowly crept back and took their only lead of the quarter on a three by Hayes with only 18 seconds to go that put them up 42-40 after three quarters.

Hayes gave Southern a 44-40 lead with a basket to start the fourth quarter before the Lady Defenders went on their 9-0 run to take a 49-44 lead and set the stage for the comeback.

Simmons said liked what she saw from her team, especially late in the game.

“Briana and Kristen play their parts and they do their jobs. Briana stepped in there and took that charge, something she’s not done this year. She’s proud of that and I’m proud of her for stepping in there when we really needed it,” she said. “And Sam came up with some big plays. She made a couple of mistakes on defense but she is one that just bounces right back and won’t let it affect the next trip. She hit a couple of big shots when we really need them in the last couple of minutes.”

Southern is back in action on Saturday against Wayne County in Monticello.

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