By Nathan Hutchinson
Register staff report
A quick start carried the Lady Indians to another very impressive win.
Madison Central (11-1) scored the first 11 points of the game and rolled to a 66-53 win over Montgomery County in the semifinals of the Gateway Holiday Classic in Mount Sterling.
Larry Brooks had 22 points and six assists and Ashton Feldhaus had 20 points and 16 rebounds as the Lady Indians picked up their ninth-straight win.
Central is set to take on No. 1 Marion County at 6 p.m. today in the championship game. The Lady Knights are 13-0 on the season and defeated the Lady Indians, 66-35, on Dec. 8.
“I think we are playing good basketball right now,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “I’m real happy with how we are playing.”
Central lead by 11 points twice in the first quarter. Heather Hinkle and Ashton Feldhaus both hit a pair of three-pointers in the opening minutes as the Lady Indians took control.
Central hit nine-of-14 three-pointers and limited Montgomery County to 33 percent shooting.
“This was the second night in a row that we’ve shot the ball really well,” Cooksey said. “We got up big and just went from there.”
Feldhaus was four-of-five from long range and Brooks was 14-of-14 from the free throw line. Hinkle hit three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and three assists.
“Her giving us 13 points is huge,” Cooksey said.
Shadae Bosley had seven points and seven rebounds and Bailey O’Bryan had four points and two assists.
“A lot of kids played well,” Cooksey said. “Aryn Singer and Haley Christian didn’t score, but they both came in and played good minutes for us.”
Berea Community 54, Whitefield Academy 33
The Lady Pirates rolled into the championship game of the Whitefield Academy Christmas Classic with an easy win on Friday.
Jordan Sandefur had 17 points, eight assists and seven steals as Berea Community defeated Whitefield Academy, 54-33. Hannah Haycraft finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds and Chase Fain had 10 points.
The Lady Pirates (7-3) will take on Scott High School at 7:15 p.m. today in the finals.
Berea had a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and a 33-14 advantage at halftime.
Alex Horn had nine points, Victoria Sexton added four points and Emily Keyser had two points.
Seneca 66, Lady Eagles 61
The Lady Eagles had trouble getting their offense on track Friday against Seneca at the Titans Christmas Clash in Mercer County.
Madison Southern (5-10) shot 29 percent from the field (19 percent in the first half) and had 16 turnovers, which lead to 17 points, in a 66-61 loss to the Lady Red Hawks. Briana Lanham had 21 points with seven rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Samantha Parms had 20 points and five rebounds.
The Lady Eagles were 24-of-33 from the free throw line. Lanham was 10-of-13 from the line.
Sarah Smith had eight points for Southern, Rachel Ramey had seven points and Adriannah Willis had five points.
The Lady Eagles trailed 19-10 after the first quarter and were down 27-20 at halftime and 44-39 after three quarters.
Southern is set to return to action Jan. 5 at home against Wayne County.