HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS: Lady Eagles rally; North Laurel tops Southern, Model and Central fall

Jan. 25—Nathan Hutchinson

Lincoln County (9-11) delivered a few big punches in the opening minutes of a match-up with Madison Southern on Tuesday in Berea.

That, however, didn't seem to phase the Lady Eagles (13-8).

"I was glad we got to go through that," Madison Southern coach Josh Curtis said. "At this point of the year, you want to be put in difficult situations. It's fun to beat people by 20, but you need to face some adversity and get punched in the mouth."

The Lady Eagles punched back.

Hadley French had 18 points as Madison Southern rallied for a 49-37 win at home. Bella Moberly had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Megan Correll had eight points.

The win was the fourth-straight for the Lady Eagles.

Lincoln County was up 16-10 after the first quarter, but Southern went into the half with a 25-20 lead.

Tara Wooten had six points and Laci Sandlin had three points.

The Lady Eagles are set to return to action Friday at Berea Community.

North Laurel surges past Southern

The short-handed Eagles (14-7) couldn't slow one of the state's top offensive teams on Tuesday in Berea.

Reed Sheppard had 31 points (10-of-14 FG, 6-of-8 three-pointers), 11 assists and seven rebounds as North Laurel (13-9) topped Madison Southern, 95-66.

Zach Hudson had a team-best 21 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Braden Hudson had 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Southern was without two starters — point guard Casen Nobbe and Ashton Hazelwood — because of injury.

North Laurel had a 37-26 lead at halftime, then opened the second half on a 9-0 run.

The Eagles shot 48 percent from the field, but made only 11-of-29 three-point attempts and were 7-of-14 from the free throw line.

Southern had 14 turnovers, which led to 24 North Laurel points.

Jay Rose had 11 points and three rebounds for the Eagles. Avery Davidson had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Micah Whitaker had six points and Brett Erslan had five points and four rebounds.

The Jaguars shot 53 percent from the field, including 14-of-27 from three-point range, and hit 17-of-19 free throws.

Southern is set to return to action Friday at home against Boyle County.