Register staff report
Playing their first game in nine days, the Lady Pirates (6-3) blasted North Oldham (4-8) 82-50 Thursday in the opening round of the Whitefield Academy Christmas Classic in Oldham County.
Berea Community took the lead early and was on top 25-11 after one quarter and 44-25 at the half.
The Lady Mustangs tried to make a game of it, outscoring the Lady Pirates 17-14 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 58-42, but never got any closer.
Four Lady Pirates scored in double figures, led by eighth-grader Jordan Sandefur, who had a huge night, pouring in 31 points while handing out 10 assists. Also in double figures were Hannah Haycraft with 16, Victoria Sexton with 11 and Chase Fain with 10 points.
“It was a good win for us,” Berea coach Jerry Bingham said. “We didn’t play in our tournament so I think the girls were really ready to play tonight.”
The Lady Pirates also got scoring from Ashley Sizemore, Alex Horn and Emily Keyser with four points each and Taylor Powell, who added two points.
The Lady Pirates will take on host Whitefield Academy, who beat Rock Creek Academy In. 47-21, at 7:15 p.m. today in the semifinals of the eight-team classic.
Berea beat Whitefield in the regular season last year and Bingham said the game should be a good match-up.
“I think we match up with them well. But anytime you play the host school in a tournament it is always a challenge,” Bingham said.
Scott High School and Sayre play in the other semifinal game today.
The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and the consolation game is set to tip off at 5:30 p.m.
Houston High (Tenn.) 67, Madison Southern 54
A dreadful performance at the free throw line kept the Eagles from pulling off an upset at the South Central Bank Halton Classic at Allen County-Scottsville.
Madison Southern was just 11-of-28 from the line and suffered a 67-54 loss to Houston High — the 11th ranked team in Tennessee. Tyler Abshear had 23 points and Michael Rothermel had 17 points for the Eagles (7-4).
Southern will take on Bowling Green at 10:30 a.m. today in the consolation bracket action.
“The free throws were the story of the game,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said. “If we make our free throws, we could have won the game.”
Southern trailed 17-11 after the first quarter and was out-scored 15-6 in the second half. After trailing by 15 at halftime, the Eagles never get any closer than seven points in the second half.
Spencer Stone and Drew Taylor had five points each, Devante Linville had three points and Trevor Huff had one point.
Houston High was 15-of-20 from the free throw line.
Tates Creek 57, Lady Eagles 32
The Lady Eagles had a two-point lead at halftime, but Tates Creek stormed back with a big second-half performance Thursday at the Titans Christmas Clash in Harrodsburg.
The Lady Commodores out-scored Madison Southern 37-10 in the final two quarters of a 57-32 win. Briana Lanham had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Eagles (5-9) and Rachel Ramey added seven points.
Southern will wrap up play in the tournament at 3 p.m. today against Seneca.
The Lady Eagles out-rebounded Creek 44-30, but shot just 26 percent from the field.
The Lady Commodores had a 13-6 lead after the first quarter before Southern rallied to take a 22-20 lead at halftime. Creek was up 35-28 after three quarters.
Hayden Westfall had four points and Callie Cook had three points for Southern.