RICHMOND — Register Staff Reports
After building a 19-point halftime lead, it appeared that Madison Southern was going to cruise to a season-opening win over Nicholas County.
But, that didn’t happen.
The Lady Jackets battled back and got within five points, but Southern was able to hang for a 57-51 win Friday in Berea. Kelley Freeman had 18 points, Briana Lanham had 17 points and Samantha Parms had 15 points for the Lady Eagles.
Southern had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime up 32-13. The Lady Eagles scored the first two points of the third quarter, then Nicholas County (0-2) went on a 15-0 run.
Southern still had a 10-point lead heading into the fourth (39-29), but the Lady Jackets scored five-straight points to get within five points.
Lanham helped Southern seal the deal. She scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Freeman hit three three-pointers in the first half and had 11 points at halftime. Parms scored all her points in the first half.
Rachel Ramey had four points and Sarah Smith added three points.
Southern (1-0) is back in action at 7:30 p.m. today at Somerset.
Madison Central 62, Bryan Station 57
The Lady Indians trailed by 12 points in the first half, but rallied for a win on the road over a tough 11th Region opponent.
Senior standout Larryn Brooks had 35 points as Madison Central defeated Bryan Station, 62-57, Friday in Lexington. Ashton Feldhaus, Heather Hinkle and Shadae Bosley each finished with nine points for the Lady Indians (2-0).
“Our defense wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “But, I was proud of how our kids dug in during the third and fourth quarters.”
Central trailed 31-25 at halftime.
Brooks led the comeback. The Indiana University signee was 11-of-14 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 11-of-11 from the free throw line. She also had eight steals, five assists and two rebounds.
Hinkle added seven rebounds and hit a big three in the fourth quarter that put Central up by four points.
Bosley had seven rebounds and Bailey O’Bryan played 35 minutes and did not score.
Central is set to return to action next Saturday at Marion County.