By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Lady Indians missed 17 free throws and had 20 turnovers, but they still found a way to get past Somerset, 49-41, Friday in the opening round of the Berea Holiday Classic.
While Madison Central advanced in the winner’s bracket, Madison Southern and Model Laboratory suffered first-round losses on Friday. The Lady Eagles rallied late, but fell to Rowan County, 59-58. The Lady Patriots came up short against Lewis County.
The Lady Indians overcame a slow start, a sloppy offense and some bad free throw shooting to top Somerset Friday at the Seabury Center.
Senior Bailey O’Bryan had a team-best 14 points, six steals and five rebounds in the 49-41 win. Central (4-2) will take on Lewis County at 10:30 a.m. today at Madison Southern High School.
“We had a hard time passing the ball, especially in the first half,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “We didn’t play real well. It was ugly. We didn’t shoot the ball well. We didn’t shoot free throws well — and that’s a deadly combination. If that continues, we are going to get beat.”
The Lady Indians trailed 7-2 early in the first quarter, but battled back to take a 9-8 lead heading into the second quarter. Central was just three-of-14 from the field in the first quarter.
The Lady Indians limited Somerset to just three points in the second quarter (all on free throws) and had a 22-12 lead at halftime.
The Lady Jumpers got back in the game by connecting on four three-pointers in the third quarter.
“I thought our zone was pretty effective in the second quarter, so we stuck with it,” Cooksey said. “We wanted to try and stop their penetration and we wanted to force them to shoot. They put a couple in.”
Somerset got within four points late in the third before O’Bryan hit one-of-two free throws then scored off a steal to give the Lady Indians a 36-29 lead heading into the fourth.
Central shot just 36 percent, including 0-of-12 from three-point range, but forced 22 turnovers and limited Somerset to 25 percent shooting (eight-of-20 from three-point range).
Somerset was nine-of-24 from the free throw line.
Shadae Bosley had eight points and 14 rebounds, Raevin Cain had nine points and eight rebounds, Kasi Schneid had seven points, Haley Christian had four points, Lindsay Johns had three points, while Emily Willoughby and Kenadee Everly had two points each.
Rowan County 59, Southern 58
The Lady Eagles trailed by 11 points late in the first quarter, but battled back against Rowan County Friday in the Berea Holiday Classic.
Madison Southern (5-2) got back within a point before falling, 59-58. Sophomore Briana Lanham got off a would-be, game-winning shot at the buzzer that almost went in the basket.
The loss snaps the Lady Eagles’ five-game winning streak.
Southern falls into the loser’s bracket and will take on Harlan County or Pikeville at 1:30 p.m. today at Farristown Middle School.
Lanham and Kelley Freeman each had 16 points for Southern. Lanham also had seven rebounds and Freeman had six rebounds and hit three three-pointers.
“The intensity was there in the fourth quarter,” Southern coach Summer Simmons said. We didn’t give up — and that’s a good thing. I just though in the first half, we weren’t as intense as we need to be.”
Kristen Hayes had eight points and three assists, Rachel Ramey had seven points, Samantha Parms had five points, Ashlynn Clark had four points and Marley Lawson had two points.
Southern had a 14-12 lead after the first quarter, but Rowan stormed back to take a 32-29 lead into halftime.
The Lady Vikings were up by nine points early in the fourth quarter (50-41) before Southern started to chip away.
Rowan County hit just two of its final 10 free throw attempts, allowing the Lady Eagles to close the gap. A three-pointer by Parms got Southern within two points with 53 seconds left and a basket by Freeman cut the lead to one point with 7.6 seconds left.
Lewis County 61, Model 38
The Patriots hit just six-of-18 free throws in the first half Friday against Lewis County, but still trailed by only eight points at halftime (28-20).
The Lady Lions pulled away in the second half and picked up a 61-38 win over Model.
Senior Darrian Botts had a team-best 20 points, while Hayley Hunt added nine points. Abby Vicars had seven points and Julia Smith had two points.
Model was 16-of-32 from the line.
The Lady Patriots (2-5) will play Somerset at 10:30 a.m. today at Farristown Middle School.