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BEREA — It’s been a long wait for first-year head coach Josh Curtis and the Lady Eagles.

It finally ended, though, when the ball tipped for Madison Southern’s season opener against Lexington Catholic on Wednesday night.

The Lady Eagles (1-0) defeated the Knights (0-1) 60-53.

Both teams came out of the gate strong, trading the lead back and forth throughout the first half.

Eagles senior guard Samantha Cornelison had a big first half, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, while grabbing four first-half rebounds.

Junior Morgan Flannery also had a good first half showing, shooting over 50 percent in the half, as well as for the entire game.

The leadership and experience of veteran players helped Madison Southern take a 28-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Eagles also came out to a solid start in the second half, which was where they really started seeing the bottom of the net, shooting 50 percent from the field, as well as 50 percent from behind the arc.

Lexington Catholic didn’t go away quietly, however. The Knights strung together their own shooting streak, matching the Eagles point-for-point the entire game.

With a little under three minutes remaining in the game, the Knights took the lead and scored seven-straight points to give them a five-point advantage.

Madison Southern responded with lights-out shooting, going on a 12-0 run to give them the victory.

The Eagles shot 21-of-49 as a team, nine of which were from behind the arc.

Corenlison finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Flannery hit five-of-eight field goal attempts for a total of 12 points, with a rebound, and two assists.

Lacie Parks finished with nine points, all of which were three-pointers. She also grabbed two rebounds and four assists.

The Lady Eagles are set to take on Madison Central this Friday in Richmond at 7:30 p.m.

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