Register staff report
The Madison Southern Lady Eagles (7-15) picked up their seventh win of the season Monday, 53-45, at home over Estill County.
The Lady Eagles got off to a slow start and trailed the Lady Engineers 9-8 after the first quarter.
The offense began to get going in the second quarter and the Lady Eagles outscored Estill 15-5 to take a 23-14 halftime lead.
In the second half a defensive change slowed down Estill point guard Kennedy Flynn and the Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Engineers 15-7 to take a commanding lead.
Estill cut the margin a little in the last few minutes of the game after Southern coach Summer Simmons pulled her starters mid-way through the fourth quarter.
Simmons said she was pleased with her team’s offense after the first quarter, but the defense was lacking.
“We looked pretty good tonight. At the beginning we were a little stale. We were taking the easiest shot we could find, but in the second quarter we began to figure things out and began to outscore them,” Simmons said. “Our defense didn’t give us much all night.”
The Lady Eagles had trouble containing Flynn most of the night, Simmons said, so they had to try different defenses to shut her down.
“We played our 3-2 zone again tonight but it didn’t give us much because Flynn just sees the floor so well and stayed calm and didn’t try to force it much,” Simmons said. “So we went to a box-and-one on her for a little while and that gave us a little bit more because we were able to contain her a little bit more.”
Briana Lanham had a huge night for the Lady Eagles, recording a double-double with 19 points and 19 rebounds.
Kelley Freeman was also in double figures with 15 points, while Samantha Parms finished with nine points.
Rachel Ramey added six points and Hayden Westfall had four.
The Lady Eagles will be back in action Wednesday when they take on Sayre.
Simmons said to win, her team will have to stop Sayre center Gabbie Bowie, the daughter of former University of Kentucky Center Sam Bowie.
“Gabbie Bowie is a very good player and at 6-foot-6 she’s going to be a challenge for us,” Simmons said. “She’s been playing varsity for several years now and it’s hard to stop her. We are just going to play around with some different defenses and see if we can slow her down and see what happens.”