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11TH REGION BOYS HOOPS: Indians, Eagles set to face familiar foes

Mar. 5—Madison County teams are set to face familiar foes in the opening round of the 11th Region Tournament.

Madison Southern (22-9) will take on Lexington Christian Academy (15-15) in Berea, while Madison Central (10-22) travels to Lexington to face Frederick Douglass (20-12).

Both games are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The winners advance semifinals, which are scheduled for Saturday at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The title game is set for March 12 in Lexington.

The other first-round games on Tuesday feature Western Hills (8-24) at Lexington Catholic (30-2) and Bryan Station (23-7) at Great Crossing (31-1).

Southern topped LCA just 14 days ago in Lexington. The Eagles hit 19 three-pointers and set a season-high for points in the 105-83 win.

Frederick Douglass beat Madison Central, 56-51, on Jan. 20 in Richmond. The Indians cut a double-digit deficit to two points in the final seconds, but free throws helped the Broncos seal the win.

SOUTHERN-LCA

The Eagles claimed their second 44th District Tournament title in the past three seasons with a win over Madison Central on Friday at Alumni Coliseum.

Senior Jay Rose had 27 points and 11 rebounds in the 69-58 win. Zach Hudson added 20 points and Casen Nobbe added 10 points as the Eagles shot 54.3 percent from the field.

Rose was 10-of-12 from the field and also hit 6-of-10 free throws.

The senior forward leads Southern in scoring (22.9 points a game — best in the 11th Region) and rebounding (8.5 boards a game) and last week was named to the All-11th Region Team.

Zach Hudson (15.6), Braden Hudson (14.0) and Casen Nobbe (13.1) are also averaging double-figures in scoring for Southern — the 10th-highest scoring team in the state (2,330 points, 75.2 ppg).

The Eagles are shooting 52.6 percent from the field (8th best in the state), 39.6 percent from three-point range (13th-best in the state) and 76.2 percent from the free throw line (6th-best in the state).

LCA has lost four of its past five games, including a 57-42 setback to Lexington Catholic in the 43rd District Tournament title game.

Junior guard Saxton Howard leads the team in scoring (18.1 points a game), while Madison Central transfer Kenyatta Hardge (7.0 boards a game) is the squad's leading rebounder.

In the loss to Southern two weeks ago, Howard had 30 points, while Hardge — a senior who has committed to play football at the University of Kentucky — added 18 points and seven rebounds.

Southern has won 10 of the past 14 meetings with LCA.

The Southern-LCA winner will face either Great Crossing or Bryan Station in the semifinals.

CENTRAL-DOUGLASS

The Indians and Broncos are set to meet in the 11th Region Tournament for the third time in the past four seasons.

Central beat Douglass in the 2021 title game, but then fell to the Broncos last year in the semifinals.

The Indians kept their season alive with an 86-41 win over Model Laboratory last week in the 44th District Tournament. Central has lost 12 of its past 16 games — and is the sixth-lowest scoring team in the 11th Region (1,761 points — 55 points a game).

Junior wing Cody Morrison lead the Indians in scoring (15.7 points a game). Senior center Tye Thomas (8.4 points) is the team's top rebounded (7.6), but is out with a knee injury.

Luke Asher and Landon Ray are both averaging more than six points a game.

The Indians are 34th in the state in free throw shooting (72.2 percent).

Douglass has four players who more than 240 points on the season — Armelo Boone (21.3 points a game), DeMarcus Surratt (13.5), Aveion Chenault (12.9) and Logan Busson (9.1).

Chenault and Boone are also pulling down more than six rebounds a game.

The Central-Douglass winner will face either Lexington Catholic or Western Hills in the semifinals.