One thing’s for sure: Brenton Covington is someone Madison Central can count on.

Covington quietly scored 24 points and sank 6-of-7 free throws as the Indians rebounded from two tough losses this week to top Seven Hills, 75-69, Saturday at the Wierwille Classic.

“Brenton can score. He has the scorer’s mentality,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “He’s done a great job with shot fakes and driving to the basket. He made his free throws. We need someone I can count on to give me 15 points a game and he’s done that to this point.”

Central (1-2) had a 15-point lead at one point in the second half, but needed a solid fourth-quarter effort to pull out the win.

“Third quarter, we came out and were hot,” Feldhaus said. “It was the best three-to-four-minute stretch of the year. We got up 15 points and our post players were taking it to the basket. They cut it to three late in the third quarter but we stepped up and hit our free throws at the end of the game.”

Central started off strong, scoring the first seven points of the game. Seven Hills did not hit their second shot of the game until five minutes into the game and trailed, 17-8, after the first quarter.

However, the Stingers more than made up for it in the second half, scoring the first seven points of the game, including a pair of three-pointers by Jake Davis and Anthony Clark. Seven Hills started on a 12-3 run and took their first lead of the game with two minutes left in the first half off a three-pointer by Clark.

Covington hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws and Hunter Stocker hit a jumper at the buzzer to give the Indians a 33-30 halftime lead.

Dominique Hawkins added 17 points and 15 rebounds to the Central effort and was named the Player of the Game. Nick Ford and Jared Pyatt each scored 11 and Stephen Guerra added 10. Guerra and Ford also each had 10 rebounds.

Central shot 28-of-41 from the free-throw line and was 48.8 percent from the field. They will return to action Tuesday against George Rogers Clark. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Richmond.



Berea falls behind early to Owen County

Nathan Vaughn hit four three-pointers and had a game-high 19 points, but the Berea boy’s basketball team fell behind the Rebels in the second quarter en route to a 58-42 loss to Owen County in the Wierwille Classic at the Seabury Center.

Vaughn kept trying to make something happen for his team, including hitting a pair of threes in the fourth quarter, but the Rebels outscored the Pirates 15-7 in the second quarter to put Berea away.

“Nathan’s one of those guys who wants to win and has such a competitive fire in him that sometimes, when things aren’t going well, he feels like he has to take over,” Berea coach Bill Smallwood said. “Part of that is a great feature but he overdid some things. He’s someone we look to give us a spark. He does it in the spirit of competitiveness.”

Berea (2-1) was only behind, 11-10, after the first quarter but the Rebels used their physical size to take advantage. Berea closed the gap to five points off a Chase Riddle three late in the first half, but Owen County scored the final four points of the first half and began the second half on a 12-1 run.

“We knew going in they were a very big team and a very physical team,” Smallwood said. “When you don’t shoot the ball well and you don’t block out on the first shot and unforced turnovers will sink you. We stalled out against the matchup. There’s not one aspect of the game that we didn’t get outplayed on or outcoached on.”

Owen County (2-1) was led by Sawyer Williams, who had 16 points and was named the Player of the Game. Blake Lewis added 13 points and Kyle Kelly contributed 11 for the Rebels.

Riddle scored 10 for the Pirates, Luke Ambrose and Nate Arvin added four apiece, Ben Miller scored three and Jeremy Hamilton added two. The Pirates committed 14 turnovers to the Rebels’ 13.

Berea will return to action Thursday against Model in the Berea Invitational. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Berea.



Southern suffers first loss of season

The Eagles couldn’t pull off their third big win of the week Saturday at the Wierwille Classic, falling to Henry Clay, 68-55, in the final game of the night.

Joey Wallace led Madison Southern (2-1) with 19 points, Carrington Roberts added 14 and Jimmy Freel chipped in 11.

The Eagles will return to action this weekend in the Berea Invitational.

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