Back on the court for the first time in a week, the short-handed Lady Eagles couldn’t come up with a win in the opening round of the Titans Christmas Clash.
Samantha Parms had 28 points and Briana Lanham added 11 points as Madison Southern suffered a 75-43 loss to Boyle County (8-3), in Harrodsburg. The Lady Rebels had a 16-11 lead after the first quarter and extended that advantage to 37-21 at halftime.
Southern was without two key performers — Kelley Freeman and Sarah Smith.
“Our defense was bad,” Southern coach Summer Simmons said. “We’ve didn’t have enough intensity. They scored easily on us.”
Boyle County used its press to force 23 turnovers, most of which came in the second and third quarters.
Callie Cook and Rachel Ramey each had two points.
Southern is set to return to action at 4:30 p.m. today against Tates Creek.
Kearns Invitational starts today
The Shirley Kearns Invitational is set to get under way today at Model Laboratory School.
Berea Community will take on Western Hills at noon. Model will face Leslie County at 2 p.m.
Today’s other first-round games include: Grant County vs. Woodford County at 6 p.m. and Boyle County vs. Whitefield Academy 4 p.m.
The eight-team tournament runs through Saturday.
Other tournament action
The Madison Central girls basketball team will look to extend its winning streak to eight games today at the Gateway Holiday Classic.
The Lady Indians (9-1) will take on Butler at 6 p.m. at Montgomery County High School.
The Madison Southern (7-3) boys basketball team will take on Houston High School (Tenn.) today at the Southern Central Bank Halton Classic.
Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Allen County-Scottsville.
The Berea Community girls basketball team (5-3) is set to take on North Oldham today at the Whitefield Academy Christmas Classic.
Game time is set for 7:15 p.m.