By Nathan Hutchinson
Register staff report
The Eagles rallied from a huge early deficit, but couldn’t come up with a victory Saturday over Boyle County in Nicholasville.
Tyler Abshear had 20 points and Michael Rothermel had 13 points as the Eagles (11-8) suffered a 62-57 loss in overtime at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Damien Harris added 12 points for Southern.
“We went to war,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said. “We played at times as well as we have all year.”
Southern trailed 15-3, but fought back and trailed by just nine at halftme. At the end of the third quarter, the Eagles had pulled even and they took a four-point lead later in the period.
The game was tied with less than a minute left and Southern had a chance to take the lead. The Eagles got five shots off before being called for a foul.
Southern shot just 29 percent in the first half, but had only eight turnovers. Boyle County had 17 turnovers.
Drew Taylor and Spencer Stone each had six points.
Southern is set to return to action Tuesday at home against Rockcastle County.
Russell County 71, Southern 49
Samantha Parms had 24 points and Briana Lanham finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, but Madison Southern came up short Saturday against Russell County at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at East Jessamine.
The Lady Eagles (6-15) shot 35 percent from the field, had 19 turnovers and suffered a 71-49 loss.
Russell County jumped out to a 10-1 lead, but Southern was able to get back with a point at the end of the first quarter.
Sarah Smith and Rachel Ramey had two points and Kelley Freeman added one point.
Southern was nine-of-14 from the free throw line, had seven steals and was out-rebounded 29-21.
The Lady Eagles are set to return to action Monday at home against Estill County.
East Ridge 55, Model 40
Darrian Botts and Kasi Schneid each had 11 points as Model suffered a 55-40 loss to East Ridge Saturday in Richmond.
The loss was the fifth-straight for the Lady Patriots (4-15).
Hayley Hunt added seven points, Abby Vicars and Charity Mack had four points each and Maci Hensley had two points.
Model trailed 10-4 after the first quarter and was down 28-12 at halftime. East Ridge led by as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Model is set to return to action Friday at Oneida Baptist Institute.
Berea 37, Whitefield Academy 30
The Berea Community Lady Pirates picked up a 37-30 win Saturday on the road over Whitefield Academy.
The Lady Pirates are now 12-5 on the season.
Berea is set to return to action Tuesday at Campbellsvillle.