Register Staff Report
Madison Southern and Madison Central have met in the championship game of the 44th District Boys Basketball Tournament in each of the past five seasons.
And the long-time rivals could end up playing for a title again this year.
Madison Central will take on Model in the first semifinal (Tuesday, Feb. 25 — 8:15 p.m.), and Madison Southern is set to take on Berea Community in the other semifinal (Wednesday, Feb. 26 — 8:15 p.m.).
The championship game is set for Friday, Feb. 28 at 8:15 p.m.
All games will be played at McBrayer Arena.
Central has won 18-straight 44th District titles.
The matchups for the girls 44th District Tournament feature the same teams.
Madison Central will take on Model Laboratory (Tuesday, Feb. 25 — 6:30 p.m.) and Madison Southern is set to face Berea Community (Wednesday, Feb. 26 — 8:15 p.m.).
The title game is set for Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Madison Central has won six-straight district championships.
Central falls to Perry County Central
After picking up a thrilling win over Holmes Saturday at home, the Indians weren’t able to battle back from an early deficit Sunday on the road.
Perry County Central jumped out to a nine-point first-quarter lead and went on to pick up a 73-62 win over the Indians Sunday at the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic in Mt. Sterling.
Isaiah Johnson had a team-best 16 points for Central, while Cameron Thomas had 14 points and Demarcus George had 13 rebounds and 10 points. Coty Alexander had 10 points and Sam Jones added six points and seven rebounds.
The Indians had an 8-6 lead, but Perry County Central scored the final 11 points of the first quarter. The Commodores had a 39-24 lead at the half.
Perry County Central was led by Justin Johnson (24 points, 14 rebounds) and Braxton Beverly (25 points, seven assists).
Madison Central (17-8) is set to return to action today at Lexington Catholic.
Scarberry picks up 100th win
Model Laboratory coach Wes Scarberry reached a significant milestone on Friday in Richmond.
The Patriots’ 66-59 victory over Wolfe County gave Scarberry his 100th win. In seven seasons at Model, Scarberry is 101-91.
With a win on Saturday at Pineville, the Patriots moved to 15-8 on the season.
Scarberry led Model to a 23-7 record last season and the school’s first-ever appearance in the Touchstone Energy All “A” State Tournament. Scarberry was also named the 11th Region Coach of the Year.
The Patriots have had winning records in three of the past four seasons — 23-7 in 2013, 16-14 in 2012 and 16-9 in 2010.
After the win over Wolfe County, Scarberry was presented the game ball by his daughter, Jenna.