By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
MADISON COUNTY —
Early in the second half, the Lady Eagles certainly appeared to be in position to earn a little bit of revenge against the team that knocked them out of the 11th Region Tournament last year.
After Briana Lanham hit a three pointer in the opening moments of the third quarter, Madison Southern had a 28-20 lead Wednesday over Woodford County.
That lead, however, didn't last long.
The Lady Yellowjackets finished the third quarter on an 18-5 run and went on to pick up a 51-44 win on the road. Lanham led Southern (5-7) with 14 points, while Samantha Parms had 12 points.
Woodford defeated the Lady Eagles, 50-45, in the opening round of the 2011 11th Region Tournament at McBrayer Arena.
“Woodford is a good team,” Southern coach Summer Simmons said. “We were pleased with our effort. The third quarter wasn’t good for us, combined with some missed free throws cost us the game.”
Southern won three of its first four games, but has gone just 2-6 since.
The game was tied after the first quarter (14-14) and the Lady Eagles edged out to a four-points (21-17) lead at halftime following a basket by Sarah Smith.
Southern opened the second half on a 7-0 run, including a basket by Parms.
The Lady Yellowjackets scored the next 11 points to take the lead for good. Woodford was up 38-33 heading into the fourth, but Southern was able to get back within four points twice — the first on a basket by Rachel Ramey (40-36) and the other on a Parms basket (42-38).
Ramey finished with seven points, Smith had six points and Kelle Scott added one point.
Southern was 15-of-26 from the free throw line. Woodford County got a game-high 22 points from Chelsey Ford and 16 points from Shelby McDonald.
The Lady Yellowjackets (2-4) also hit seven three-pointers.
Southern is set to return to action Dec. 26 at a tournament in Mercer County.