The Richmond Register

December 19, 2012

H.S. HOOPS: Rockets rally to top Model

Register staff report

MADISON COUNTY — Register Staff Reports

The Patriots raced out to a big early lead Tuesday at home against Shelby County, but that momentum simply didn’t last long enough.

Model Laboratory had a 14-point halftime lead (44-30) before the Rockets rallied for a 79-68 win in Richmond. Shelby County (2-6) scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to cap the comeback.

Brendan Hill had a team-high 15 points for Model (5-2). A.J. Hammons had 14 points, Jesse Middleton had 12 points. Jon Ballard scored 11 points, while Anthony Gerald and Zack Rice-Gordon each had eight points.

Model took an 11-2 lead and went up 22-8 on a three-pointer by Hammons. The Rockets trailed by nine points (25-16) after the first quarter, but a late second-quarter surge pushed the Patriot lead back to double digits. Rice-Gordon hit three-of-four free throws in the final minutes of the half to put Model up by 14 points.

Shelby County opened the second half on a 12-2 run and trailed by just two points heading into the fourth (54-52).

Model is set to return to action Thursday against Caverna at the Monticello All “A” Shootout.

Powell County 68, Berea Community 47

The Pirates trailed by just four points at halftime, but Powell County took charge in the final two periods Tuesday in Stanton.

Berea Community was out-scored 25-10 in the third quarter and suffered a 68-47 loss on the road. The Pirates shot just 37 percent from the field and were 11-of-19 from the free throw line.

Daniel Hubbard had a team-best 20 points for Berea (3-5) on seven-of-11 shooting, while Andy Allen added 16 points (on six-of-seven shooting) and eight rebounds.

Trey Terrill had six points for the Pirates, Eli Woodie and Shyiem Alexander had two points each and Dustin Kates had one point.

Berea is set to return to action Friday at the Swauger Holiday Classic at Bellevue.

Dunbar 67, Southern 39

The Eagles had their five-game winning streak snapped with a 67-39 loss to Dunbar Tuesday in Lexington.

Madison Southern (5-2) had not lost since a season-opening setback on the road at Madison Central.

The Eagles are set to return to action Friday against Sayre at home.

Berea Lady Pirates 47, Jackson County 22

After a week off, the Lady Pirates were ready to get back on the court.

Berea Community jumped out to a 12-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and went on to pick up a 47-22 win Tuesday in McKee. Jordan Sandefur finished with 21 points and seven steals for Berea (5-3).

“We had two or three really good practicing leading into this game,” Berea coach Jerry Bingham said. “We had a really good first half.”

Berea had a 22-5 lead at halftme and was never seriously challenged in the second half.

Alex Horn had nine points, Hannah Haycraft had nine rebounds, one point and five blocks, Chase Fain had six points, Victoria Sexton had five points, Ashley Sizemore had three points and Emily Keyser had two points.

Berea is not set to return to action until Dec. 27 at the Whitefield Academy Christmas Classic.

Garrard County 63,  Madison Southern Lady Eagles 45

 A rough shooting first half put the Lady Eagles in a big early deficit Tuesday in Lancaster.

Madison Southern trailed by 18 points and halftime and went on to suffer a 63-45 loss to Garrard County on the road. Briana Lanham had another double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds, Kelley Freeman had 12 points and Samantha Parms finished with seven points and eight rebounds for the Lady Eagles (5-6).

Southern shot just 19 percent in the first half (six-of-32), including three-of-17 from three-point range.

The Lady Eagles are set to return to action today at home against  Woodford County.