Candy Walls was dominant once again Saturday against Midway.

Behind the senior’s 40 points, Berea College held off a run by the Lady Eagles and rolled to a 95-80 win at the Seabury Center.

“Candy was amazing, as always,” Berea assistant coach Summer Smith said. “She’s worked so hard to get to where she’s at. She’s become a tremendous player and she does everything she can to help us at all times.”

Smith had to fill in for head coach Bunky Harkleroad, who left the game at halftime to tend to an injured back. His team, who was up 45-35 at halftime, was able to fend without him, outscoring Midway, 50-45, in the second half.

“He had some back problems and he was feeling really bad, so I filled in,” Smith said. “It’s happened before, he’s had to miss games before. It’s always difficult without your head coach, but you have to rally your team and go from there.”

Midway (2-18, 1-4 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) closed the score to 65-62, but Berea responded with an 19-2 run led by Walls and Annbruce Madden. The Lady Mountaineers shot 54.8 percent from the floor in the second half. They also converted 11-of-15 from the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes.

“We slowed the ball down and tried to make better decisions,” Smith said. “We had our three best players on the floor to try to get them more shots. You always need free throws in a game like this, especially a conference game. We knocked those down and it was huge for us.”

Berea (14-10, 4-2 KIAC) was led by Walls, who shot 14-of-22 on the day. Madden had 24 points, Heather Hutchins scored 12 points, Calloray Howard scored nine, Kaylan Dixon had three, Katie Bailey, Stephanie Whitt and Kendra Combs had two points each and Meagan Downs chipped in a point.

Jackie Hicks had a team-high 19 points for the Lady Eagles and Kayla Rose scored 18.

With the win, the Lady Mountaineers complete a season sweep of Midway. They topped the Lady Eagles, 80-64, Jan. 22 in Midway.

“Getting the sweep is an awesome feeling,” Smith said. “It’s always good to get those. It helps you in the tournament, mentally.”

Berea will return to action Tuesday against Brescia University at the Seabury Center in Berea. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Mountaineers fall in close game to Asbury

After tying the game at 42 at halftime, the Berea College men’s basketball fell in the closing moments to KIAC rival Asbury, 78-77, Saturday in Wilmore.

Berea (12-10, 4-4 KIAC) only shot 41.6 percent from the floor for the game. They outrebounded the Eagles, 42-38, including 16 offensive rebounds.

Jordan Hammonds led the Eagles (16-8, 4-3 KIAC) in scoring, with 21 points.

The Mountaineers will return to action Tuesday against IU-Southeast at the Seabury Center in Berea. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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