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December 21, 2013

H.S. BASKETBALL: Lady Indians beat Somerset, Lewis County beats Model

BEREA — 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.

Central survives

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.

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