By Dick Ham
The Kentucky State High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament, appropriately named the Sweet Sixteen is always a very special and exciting event. It is more exciting than ever this year because our Madison Central Indians are participating.
The first game was yesterday at noon and featured our Indians in an 81-56 victory over Wayne County.
The crowd was large for the first game, and it seemed that at least two-thirds of the crowd was made up of Madison Central fans.
The cheering section of students was rowdy, and many were wearing Indian headdresses and the feathers were red, white and blue. The wonderful MCHS Band was in its usual great form.
I honestly wonder how many people in Madison County realize what an outstanding band the high school has.
Former UK Coach Joe. B. Hall was on hand in his usual seat. He refers to the Sweet Sixteen as the world’s biggest basketball reunion.
The reason he calls it that is because there are always so many former players and coaches in attendance. Of course, the crowd contains many current college coaches who are scouting for talent.
Everything about that first game made me very proud to be from Madison County.
The crowd, the cheering section, the band and the cheerleaders were great. The cheerleaders’ halftime show was tremendous.
Our basketball team played their hearts out and won rather easily.
They moved the ball quickly and well. They played outstanding defense, blocking a number of shots.
At the end of the first quarter, they led by eight points.
By halftime, the lead had increased to 20. The Indians were ahead by 27 at the end of the third quarter, after which they cruised to an 81-56 win.
One of the most exciting moments came as the first half was coming to an end.
Ken-Jah Bosley threw up a shot from beyond the half-court line in an attempt to beat the clock.
He swished it and the Central crowd went wild.
That is an extremely rare thing in a high school basketball game. To be completely honest, it is rare in any basketball game.
The Indians will play their next game at noon on Friday against the winner of the Covington Holmes-Pleasure Ridge Park game.
It certainly will not surprise me to see an even larger crowd there rooting for the Indians in that quarterfinal game, which starts at noon.
Superintendent Tommy Floyd has canceled school for the day.
Come on out folks, you will be glad you did and the Indians will appreciate your support.