Estill County vs. Madison Central (Girls)
Madison Central High School
February 6, 2020
Estill County coach Ruth Hughes started the following lineup: 5-7 Fr. Haley Angel, 5-6 Sr. Kaylee Riddell, 5-7So. Hannah Baker, 5-4 7th Grade Jayci Long, and 5-7 So. Mia Hale. Madison Central coach Brad Lovely countered with 5-10 Jr. Gretchen Hammitt, 5-9 Sr. Taleya Todd, 5-11 Sr. Jekauri McKeithen, 5-4 Fr. Eve Carter, and 5-5 Jr. Brianna Bierbaum.
Madison Central defeated Estill County 57-56 in a game that had more twists and turns than a good spy novel. There were eight ties and seven lead changes in the game. It started out with Madison Central’s Taleya Todd recording her 1,000 career points on her first basket. Estill County led 18-16 after the first quarter but Estill County’s Haley Angel picked up two fouls and went to the bench and Madison Central took a 30-20 halftime lead. Estill County rallied in the third quarter to tie the score at 39-39 after three quarters as Madison Central’s Jekauri McKeithen and Taleya Todd got in foul trouble. Estill County took a 51-43 lead mid way through the final quarter but the Indians battled back and took a 56-54 lead on a Taleya Todd layup. Mia Hale tied the score at 56-56. Estill County lost Kaylee Riddell via the foul route. Eve Carter hit the second of two free throws to give Madison Central a 57-56 lead with six seconds left on the clock. Estill County had the ball but a foul on Madison Central was not called by the referee because a time out had been granted to the Estill County bench a split-second earlier. Estill County got the play they wanted as Haley Angel was fouled on a drive to the basket with less than a second left. Angel who had previously connected on 11 of 12 free throws missed both free throws and Madison Central held on for the victory.
Madison Central shot 38.8% from the field including two of 11 from the three point line. The Indians connected on 17 of 29 free throws, pulled down 35 rebounds, and scored 26 points off 19 Estill County turnovers. Estill County shot 50% from the field including three of nine from beyond the arc. The Lady Engineers connected on 15 of 22 free throws, pulled down 26 rebounds, and scored four points off 14 Madison Central turnovers.
Jekauri McKeithen led Madison Central with 19 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Taleya Todd added 13 points and two blocked shots. Gretchen Hammitt recorded eight points, four rebounds, and two steals. Eve Carter chipped in with seven points, three rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Haley Angel led Estill County with 15 points including 11 of 14 free throws, four rebounds, and three steals in only 18 minutes of playing time. Mia Hale added 14 points, seven points, and four assists. Jayci Long chipped in with nine points. Hannah Baker added seven points, five assists and two blocked shots. Kaylee Riddell recorded six points, seven rebounds, and five steals.
Estill County (56) – Angel 15, Riddell 6, H. Baker 7, Long 9, Hale 14, Reed 5.
Madison Central (57) – Hammitt 8, Todd 13, McKeithen 19, Eve Carter 7, Bierbaum 0, Strader 4, Brittany Campbell 4, Miller 2.
A special thanks to the Madison Central Stats Crew for providing the comprehensive statistics for tonight’s game.