Turnovers and defense allowed Madison Central to build a lead and roll to a 73-58 win over Mason County Friday in Richmond.

The Lady Indians (17-1) forced 18 turnovers, led mostly by standout guards Erika Parks and Larryn Brooks. Central led 34-26 at halftime.

“Our half court defense was really solid in the first half,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “Our press was effective in the second half. Erika and Larryn, they really get after it on a press. They make a lot of good things happen.”

Jenna Cornelison led the Lady Indians with 19 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Brooks also came up big with 20 points and four rebounds. Brislyn Sizemore fell just short of a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down nine boards.

As usual, Central got a lot of help out of its bench players. Kaity Busch finished with seven points and Christina Ciolek added four.

“Kaity and Christina played well,” Cooksey said. “They’ve been coming in and giving us some really, really good minutes off the bench.”

Iesha Farris added three points and five rebounds, Parks scored six points and Ashton Feldhaus had four.

Central will return to action Tuesday against George Rogers Clark. Game time in Richmond is set for 7:30 p.m.

Former Central players honored, Indians fall to Mason County

Between the Central doubleheader, the members of the state tournament teams from Madison High were honored in a banner-unveiling ceremony.

Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball for 1970, Robert Brooks, was one of the former players on hand. Also attending were Spencer Morgan, Charles Sweat, Jimmy Curry, Emmit Igo, Reggie Camp, Dwight Douglas, Stanley Miller, Howard Miller, Frank Parks, Randy Watts, Eugene Estill, Edward Freeman, coaches Jesse Ward, Kenneth Tate and Ray Vencill and manager Bobby Griggs.

A third-quarter surge by the Royals was enough to give them a 57-41 win over Central on Friday.

Mason County led by just five points at halftime, but outscored the Indians (5-12) 20-8 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Jared Pyatt led Central with 12 points off of 5-of-8 shooting. Brenton Covington added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Casey Schneider and Dominique Hawkins each scored six points.

The Indians were outrebounded, 37-29, and committed 15 turnovers to the Royals’ 10. Central shot just 33 percent for the game.

Central will face Clay County today. Game time in Richmond is set for 7:30 p.m.

Madison Southern 67, Eminence 37

As usual, Jordan Renner and Kristen Hayes gave Madison Southern an excellent effort, as the Lady Eagles rolled to a solid win over Eminence Friday on the road.

Renner scored seven points and Hayes added five as Southern improved to 5-8 on the year with the 67-37 win.

“(Jordan and Kristen) give us a very good spark off the bench,” Southern coach Brian Cunigan said. “They both work very hard defensively. That’s been a theme of the past few games — Jordan and Kristen coming off the bench and giving us what we need.”

Southern led 19-8 after the first quarter and exploded for a 41-16 halftime lead. Out of the Lady Eagles’ 22 second-quarter points, Mary Mullins scored 13 for Southern.

Tosha Boggs led the Lady Eagles with 19 points, Mullins added a double-double effort of 14 points and 11 rebounds and Kandace Cruse scored 12 points, all from long-range shots.

Brooke Casteel added five points, Chelsea Morgenson scored four and Amanda Lewis had one.

Southern will return to action against Jackson County today in Berea. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.

Model 51, Pineville 39

Emily Lowe had a daunting task.

She had to guard Pineville’s Chelsey Smith, who is the second-leading scorer in the state with 30.3 points per game.

Lowe’s defense held Smith to just 16 points and the Lady Patriots (7-7) were able to pick up a 51-39 rallying victory over Pineville on Homecoming.

“Emily was on her most of the night and did a really good job of denying her the ball,” Model coach Jamie Keene said. “We kept her in check. She’s a really good player and Emily did a really good job with the total team defense.”

The Lady Mountain Lions led 19-9 at halftime, but Keene was able to get his girls back on track in the second half.

“I told them to keep the same intensity on defense and the shots will start falling,” Keene said. “We kept up the defensive pressure, finally hit some foul shots and we got a little run going.”

Shelby McNeely led the Patriots with 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks and Shelby Schneid added 12 points, five steals and three assists. Madison Schneid scored six points, Tara Hill added six points and five rebounds and Lowe chipped in five points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Model will return to action Tuesday against Berea in the All “A” Classic. Game time at Lexington Christian Academy is set for 6 p.m.

Model 51, Pineville 29

After a disheartening loss Tuesday against Madison Southern, Model was able to turn it around and pick up a win on Homecoming.

The Patriots used a solid first half to roll to a 51-29 victory over Pineville Friday in Richmond.

“We tried to put Tuesday behind us and focus on tonight,” Model coach Wes Scarberry said. “We did that. I was impressed with our mental toughness to be able to do that.”

Model (10-6) led 29-18 at halftime. The Patriots were led by Dennis Smith, who scored 20 points. Matt Witt added nine points, A.J. Hammons chipped in six and Anders Kipp had five.

The Patriots will face Frankfort on Tuesday in the All “A” Classic. Game time at Lexington Christian Academy is set for 7:30 p.m.

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