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.