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Madison Central's Will Hardin had hit 49 of his 52 free throw attempts — (94.2 percent — best in the state) — in the first 12 games of the season.

On Saturday, the senior missed four times.

"He didn't miss any of the fourth quarter, though," Madison Central Allen Feldhaus said of Hardin.

Hardin hit all eight of his free throws in the final minute, lifting the Indians (8-5) to a 74-70 win over Harlan County at the Tim Short Automotive Classic in Winchester. The senior was 16-of-20 from the line and finished with 37 points and 15 rebounds.

"He should have had 40 points," Feldhaus said with a laugh.

Jaylen Davis had 21 points, three steals and three rebounds. Trey Skaggs had 10 points and seven assists and Robby Todd had four points and five blocks as Central snapped a three-game losing streak.

As they have done for much of the season, Hardin, Todd, Skaggs and Davis played almost every second. Hardin only came off the court for 21 seconds near the end of the first half.

"We've just got to play smart and not get in foul trouble," Hardin said.

Central had a 36-32 lead at halftime, the Black Bears surged in front with a 13-2 run. The game was tied (50-50) heading into the fourth, where the Indians used an 8-1 spurt to get back in front.

Central shot 47 percent from the field and had 14 assists on 25 field goals.

Eli Steele had two points. The Indians were 18-of-24 from the free throw line and hit 6-of-19 three-point attempts.

"That's a good win over us," Feldhaus said. "We needed something positive like that."

Central is set to return to action Monday at Scott County.

Lady Pirates roll to 12-1

The Lady Pirates got off to a fast start against North Oldham on Saturday at the Bluegrass Orthopedics/Penn Station Classic at Franklin County.

Berea Community had an 18-9 lead after the first quarter and pulled away for a 68-49 victory. With the win, the Lady Pirates move to 12-1 on the season.

Madison Howell had 18 points and five rebounds. Abigail Beard had 15 points, while Chesney Lovins had 12 points, six rebounds and six steals. Alexis Newman also had 12 points.

Berea shot 52 percent from the field, was 6-of-12 from three-point range and hit 6-of-8 free throws.

Maddy King had five points. Mati Stepp finished with four points and nine assists. Mackenzie Howell had two points.

The Lady Pirates are set to return to action Monday against Lexington Christian Academy in the opening round of the 11th Region All "A" Classic at Model Laboratory.

Great Crossing rallies to beat Eagles

The Eagles (9-5) raced out to a 10-point, first-quarter lead against 11th Region rival Great Crossing on Saturday at Farristown Middle School.

That advantage, though, slowly slipped away.

"We ran out of gas in the second half," Southern coach Austin Newton said. "We didn't shoot the ball well at all."

The Warhawks (10-3) battled back to a take a one-point halftime time advantage and went on to pick up a 63-54 win over Madison Southern. Braden Hudson had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, while Jay Rose finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

Southern shot just 35.5 percent from the field for the game, including 7-of-26 from three-point range and hit 3-of-4 free throws. The Eagles were 4-of-14 from the field in the third quarter as Great Crossing pushed out to a 40-32 lead.

Brett Erslan had nine points and four rebounds. Kyle Linville had nine points and hit three three-pointers. Casen Nobbe had five points and four assists. Nate Turner had four points and eight rebounds. Blake Simpson finished with two points, while Hezekiah Fogle had two points and four rebounds.

Southern is set to return to action Tuesday at Estill County.

Lady Eagles fall at Garrard County

Hadley French had a team-best 13 points as the Lady Eagles (8-6) were handed a 49-42 loss by Garrard County on Saturday at the Elleman Contracting Winter Classic in Lancaster.

Morgan Flannery had nine points, Bella Moberly had eight points and Tara Wooten had seven points.

The Lady Lions led 9-6 after the first quarter and took a 22-21 advantage into halftime. Garrard County out-scored Southern, 9-5, in the third.

Jada Carter had four points and Macie Daniels finished with one point.

Southern is set to return to action Tuesday at home against West Jessamine.

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