BEREA -- Berea Community battled but Madison Southern swept both the boys and girls basketball games in a doubleheader at Berea Community on Friday in front of a packed crowd.
The Lady Eagles let an early lead slip away, but was able to hit some crucial free throws down the stretch to pick up a 47-43 win.
The Pirates (10-4) raced out to a 12-9 lead after the first quarter, but the Eagles (8-6) closed the gap and outscored Berea 21-14 in the fourth quarter to rally for 64-52 win.
It was Southern's second-straight district win after topping Model earlier this week at home.
The boys game featured 11 lead changes and seven ties as the Pirates and Eagles battled on the court.
It was a physical battle as the Eagles racked up 29 fouls and the Pirates had 27.
Three players on Berea fouled out, while Southern had two.
The Pirates dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Eagles by 20 (49-29), however the Eagles won the turnover battle 28-14.
Southern racked up 26 points off the Pirate miscues and had eight steals for the game.
Both teams had two players in double figures on Friday.
Nate Turner led the Eagles with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Samuel Lee finished with 14 points and was 10-of-11 from the foul line.
The Pirates were led by Jayden Smith, who had 16 points and eight rebounds. Jaylen Dorsey had 11 points and seven rebounds and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Turner and Dorsey fouled out in the fourth quarter on Friday.
"It was a typical Berea Southern game," Southern head coach Austin Newton said after the game with a chuckle. "Last year, it was exactly like it was tonight. We tried to do some things in practice not to make a foul fest, but both these team fight hard."
However, it was Berea that brought the fight in the first half.
The Pirates charged out on a 7-0 run to take an early lead.
Timmy Thompson sparked the run with a jumper, Dorsey added a free throw and a tip-in and Thompson capped the run with another jumper.
Turner nailed a three-pointer to stop the run, but Berea went up by seven once more when Thompson fought through defenders for a layup to make it 12-7 with 1:33 left in the first quarter.
Colby Sebastian's jumper seconds later trimmed the Pirates lead to three 12-9 going into the second quarter.
After a three-pointer from Chad Fugate tied the game up 12-12 in the opening minute of the second quarter, no team led by more than five points until the last five minutes of the game.
Two free throws from Walt Smith put the Eagles ahead by one point with less than two minutes to go untill halftime, but a free throw from Berea's Kobe Combs tied the game up 25-25 going into the locker.
The Pirates had an impressive 31 rebounds in the first half, compared to the Eagles 13.
"I thought they were going to break the state record with the rebounds," Newton said. "They absolutely played harder than we did. They wanted it more. They got to every loose ball. They kicked our tail. They were sending five guys to the glass and we just didn't compete. They played harder than we did the entire game"
The coach said he spoke with his team at halftime about their effort and was rewarded very quickly in the third quarter.
Dorsey gave the Pirates back the lead with two minutes left in the third quarter off a jump shot, 36-34, but Sebastian tied the game up once more seconds later with a layup.
After Fugate nailed a jumper to put the Eagles ahead 38-36 seconds later, the Eagles never trailed for the rest of the game.
The Eagles shot 57.1 percent from the field in the third quarter and outscored the Pirates 18-13.
The Pirates were able to draw back within four points after Trenton Wilson drained a three-pointer from the left wing to make it 55-51 with 38 seconds left in the game.
It was the closest they would get as the Eagles went on to hit 9-of-10 of their free throws in the final seconds.
Samuel Lee was a perfect 6-of-6 at the line in the last minute of the game.
"We were able to turn them over and make some points off that and we were able to hit our free throws down the stretch. However, we have to be more physical. Berea absolutely played harder than we did for the entire game. We are undersized and we have to play hard," Newton said.
Southern shot 38.8 percent from the field and Berea was 31.1 percent for the game, however the Eagles were 75.9 percent (22-of-29) from the charity stripe on Friday while the Pirates were 58.3 percent (21-of-36).
For Southern, Sebastian had nine points and three steals. Fugate had nine points. Hunter Buchanan contributed nine points. Walt Smith add four points, four rebounds and three assists. Jonah Wooten had two points and Britten Robinson added three assists and a point.
For Berea, Trenton Wilson had six points and four rebounds. Kobe Combs had six points. Timmy Thompson had six points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Will Brennan contributed four points and 11 rebounds. Quenten Morgan added three points and two assists and was 3-of-4 from the foul line.
Turley picks up first district win
First-year Madison Southern girls basketball coach Allie Turley grabbed his first district win on Friday when the Lady Eagles staved off a late rally by the Lady Pirates.
"That's what high school basketball is meant to be," Turley said after the game. "I have missed that. The atmosphere was great, the crowd was great. Both teams were fighting. I had chills, honestly."
Southern took control early with Samantha Cornelison bringing the fire in the first quarter with three straight three-pointers.
Macie Daniels added a layup and a free throw to give the Lady Eagles a 12-5 lead after the first quarter.
Southern continued to push ahead in the second and outscored Berea 17- 12 in the second quarter.
Cornelison knocked down three straight free throws in the final minutes of the second quarter to give the Lady Eagles an 11-point lead, 38-27, at halftime.
However, the Lady Pirates clawed back in the third quarter.
Isis Rodgers got hot and knocked down three three-pointers to help Berea chip away at Southern's lead.
The Lady Eagles struggled as Berea stepped up it's defense - scoring only eight points in the third quarter as the Lady Pirates had 15.
A Rodgers three-pointer with eight seconds left in the third quarter brought the Pirates within four points, 36-32, of the Eagles going into the fourth quarter.
The team's continued to battle back and fourth in the final quarter.
Madison and Mackenzie Howell got the Lady Pirates back within two points, 42-40, with three free throws at the line with three minutes left on the clock.
However, it was the closest Berea would get as the Lady Eagles defense kept the Lady Pirates at bay.
Rodgers drained a three-pointer with nine seconds left on the clock to make a three-point game 46-43, but the Lady Eagles made 3-of-4 at the line in the final seconds to secure the victory.
Cornelison made both her attempts and Sunni Walters knocked down 1-of-2 to keep the Eagles ahead.
Cornelison fought through tough defenders in the finals seconds for a rebound to prevent a last second shot by Berea.
"I know we gave up the lead, but I'm proud of how my team stepped up and didn't quit. That's who we are. We are always fighting and scrapping and I'm so proud of them," Turley said.
Cornelison led the Lady Eagles with 22 points. Macie Daniels had 13 points. Sunni Walter and Skylar Sparks both contributed four points each. Morgan Flannery and Aleigh Richardson had two points each.
Rodgers led Berea with 20 points and had six three pointers for the game. Madison Howell added seven points. Alexis Newman and Mackenzie Howell both added five points each and Sophie Brewer had two points.