Berea vs. Madison Central (Girls)
Madison Central High School
January 6, 2021
Berea coach Dammian Stepp started the following lineup: 5-8 Sr. Emily Maynard, 5-7 Fr. Sophie Brewer, 5-8 Jr. Alexis Newman, 4-9 So. Maddy King, and 5-7 So. Abigail Beard. Madison central coach Brad Lovely countered with 5-10 Sr. Raelynn Miller, 5-7 So. Chloe Freeman, 5-11 Sr. Gretchen Hammitt, 5-4 So. Eve Carter, and 5-5 Sr. Brianna Bierbaum.
Madison Central survived a battle tonight to defeat Berea by the score of 66-62. There were five ties and four lead changes in the game. Madison Central raced out to an 18 point lead early in the second quarter but Berea battled back to take a four point lead in the third quarter before Madison Central rallied for the victory. Berea was plagued in the first half by three early fouls by spark plug PG Mati Stepp who picked up three early fouls. Berea is a talented team with a strong inside-outside game directed by Mati Stepp who is returning from an injury last season. Madison Central was led tonight by Eve Carter who constantly penetrated and scoring off the drive with floaters in the lane and Bailey Hensley who used her quickness and athleticism to score at will inside.
Madison Central shot 34.8% from the field including two of 11 from the three point line. The Indians connected on 16 of 24 free throws, pulled down 41 rebounds, and scored 43 points off 40 Berea turnovers. Berea shot 32.3% from the field including three of 24 from beyond the arc. They connected on 17 of 29 free throws, pulled down 59 rebounds, and scored 31 points off 26 Madison Central turnovers. Berea held a 19-8 advantage on second chance points.
5-10 Fr. Bailey Hensley led Madison Central with 22 points, five rebounds, and five steals. Hensley was nine of nine from the field and four of seven from the free throw line. Eve Carter added 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, and six steals. 5-4 8th Grade Nataya Strader recorded five points, one blocked shot, and two steals.
6-0 Jr. Madison Howell led Berea with 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and six steals. 5-6 Jr. Mati Stepp added 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, and three steals. 5-0 Jr. Isis Rodgers recorded eight points and five steals. 5-8 Jr. Alexis Newman chipped in with seven points and four rebounds. 6-0 Jr. Mackenzie Howell added six points and 12 rebounds. 5-9 So. Chesney Lovins recorded four points, 11 rebounds, and two assists.
Berea (62) – Maynard 0, Brewer 0, A. Newman 7, King 0, Beard 5, M. Stepp 12, Rodgers 8, Lovins 4, Mad. Howell 20, Mac. Howell 6.
Madison Central (66) – Miller 4, Freeman 5, Hammitt 0, Eve Carter 21, Bierbaum 0, Strader 5, Eden Carter 3, Bri. Campbell 2, B. Hensley 22, Lochmueller 4.
A special thanks to the Madison Central Stats crew for providing the comprehensive statistics for tonight’s game.