MADISON COUNTY — Register Staff Reports
The Eagles once again found a way to battle their way to a hard-fought victory.
Drew Taylor had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Madison Southern (5-1) extended its winning streak to five games with a 63-57 victory Thursday over Garrard County in Lancaster. Tyler Abshear had 25 points and hit all four of his free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
“We would have lost a game like this last year,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said. “We lost a lot of close games last year. We’ve had chances to fold in three of our five games, and we didn’t.”
The Eagles had just a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but hit eight-of-nine free throws in the final period. Southern had a two-point lead with two and half minutes left when Taylor came up with back-to-back buckets that provided some much-needed breathing room.
“He played the best game of his career,” Buttry said of Taylor.
Abshear finished with more than 20 points for the fourth straight game and Michael Rothermel added 19 points. Damien Harris had eight rebounds and one point, while Jake Napier and Trevor Huff had two points each.
Southern had an eight-point lead in the first quarter, but scored only six points in the second quarter and trailed 33-31 at halftime. The Eagles were down eight in the third quarter before using a 9-0 run to regain the lead.
Madison Southern is set to return to action Tuesday at Dunbar.
Berea Holiday Classic begins today
The annual Berea Holiday Classic will get under way today at both Berea College and Berea Community School.
Three local girls high school teams are set to compete in the event — Madison Central, Madison Southern and Model.
Madison Central will take on Muhlenberg County at 9 p.m. at the Seabury Center. Model will take on Jackson County at 5 p.m. at the Seabury Center and Madison Southern will face Notre Dame at 9 p.m. at Berea Community.
All 16 teams will play two games on Saturday. The tournament runs through Sunday.
Madison Central won last year’s title.