Register staff report
MADISON COUNTY —
Model Laboratory’s six seniors made sure their final home game was a very memorable one.
The Patriots got 21 points and eight rebounds from Jon Ballard and pulled away for a 66-45 win over Estill County Saturday in Richmond. Model led by just three points (29-26) at halftime, but used a big third-quarter surge to take control.
Three Model seniors reached double figures in scoring — Ballard, Anthony Gerald (11 points) and A.J. Hammons (13 points) — while two other made big contributions — Brendan Hill (seven points) and Jesse Middleton (six points).
“Our press started to work (in the third quarter),” Model coach Wes Scarberry said. “We turned them over quite a bit and that led to a lot of easy scores.”
The Patriots out-scored Estill County 21-6 in the third quarter.
The win was the fifth-straight for Model (23-6).
Prior to the game it was announced that Scarberry had been named the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches 11th Region Coach of the Year.
Scarberry led the Patriots to their first All “A” State Tournament last month and has guided the team to a school-record 23 victories.
Model is set to return to action Thursday against Madison Southern in the opening round of the 44th District Tournament at McBrayer Arena.
Lady Pirates 47, Whitefield Academy 39
The Berea Community Lady Pirates closed out their regular season picking up their 19 win of the year 47-39 Saturday over Whitefield Academy in Berea.
Senior Hannah Haycraft had a game-high 13 points in her final game in front of the home crowd to lead the Lady Pirates.
Alex Horn also finished in double figures with 12 points, while Chase Fain and Victoria Sexton added eight points each and Jordan Sandefur finished with six points.
With the win, Berea is 19-10 on the season.
The Lady Pirates return to action Tuesday when they take on Madison Central at 6:30 p.m. in the 44th District Tournament in McBrayer Arena.
Monticello 56, Berea 54
Andy Allen had 16 points and 13 rebounds, but the Pirates couldn’t come up with a win Saturday in their regular-season finale.
Monticello held on for a 56-54 win at home despite hitting on 17-of-37 free throw attempts. Berea (8-21) shot just 40 percent from the field and was 11-of-25 from the line.
Nolan Sweet had 14 points for the Pirates, while Daniel Hubbard added 11 points, Eli Woodie had six points, Trey Terrill had four points and Deondre Tate added three points.
Berea trailed 25-23 at halftime and was down 41-33 after three quarters.
The Pirates are scheduled to return to action Tuesday against Madison Central in the opening round of the 44th District Tournament at McBrayer Arena.