The Richmond Register

January 14, 2014

H.S. HOOPS: Southern rolls past Estill County

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — The Madison Southern Lady Eagles picked up a 61-36 win Monday over Estill County in Irvine.

Southern (11-4) broke open a close game and pulled away in the second half to cruse to the win.

The Lady Eagles were up only three points, 13-10, at the end of the first quarter. They extended their lead to 29-20 at the half but Estill County point guard Kennedy Flynn single handily kept her team close.

“We started out playing man-to-man but Flynn is lightning quick off the dribble and we couldn’t stay with her,” Southern coach Summer Simmons said. “We went 2-3 zone to try to keep her out of the lane but we were just trading baskets.”

It was a defensive switch at the half that proved to be the difference for the Lady Eagles.

Their trapping 2-2-1 zone defense slowed Flynn down and allowed Southern to outscore the Lady Engineers 17-11 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 46-31 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Southern outscored Estill County 15-5.

“Our 2-2-1 press finally slowed her down and made her have to pass the ball and we were able to steal some. We finally hit some threes and Kristen (Hayes) got some transition baskets and Briana (Lanham) was able to rebound and get some putbacks,” Simmons said. “We decided to pack it in and see what they could do from the outside and we got lucky they and were missing.”

Hayes led three Lady Eagles in double figures with 17 points and six rebounds.  Samantha Parms finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and Lanham had another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Ashlynn Clark finished with eight points while Callie Cook, Rachel Ramey and Kelle Scott added two points apiece. Ramey pulled down five rebounds and Scott had six rebounds.

Flynn led all scorers with a game-high 21 points for Estill County.

The Lady Eagles are back in action Friday when they play host to Berea at 6 p.m.