By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Lady Indians found a way to rally from big first-half deficits to claim victories in each of their first two games in the Berea Holiday Classic.
And against Corbin Saturday in the semifinals, they once again found themselves trailing early.
The Lady RedHounds took an 8-2 lead just more than a minute into the game and had a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
This time, Central simply couldn’t put together a comeback.
The defending champions got another solid performance from senior center Shadae Bosley (16 points and 10 rebounds), but suffered a 70-50 setback. Central shot just 32 percent from the field and had 15 turnovers.
Corbin hit 10-of-17 three-pointers and got a game-high 27 points from Miranda Wilson. The Lady RedHounds move into the championship game, while Central will take on Rowan County or Whitley County at 8 p.m. today at Berea Community in the third-place game.
“They are a pretty good team,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “Our defense was pretty solid, I thought. They shot 60 percent from the field. We shot 31 percent. That really tells the story. But, I tell you what, every person in this gym would tell you that our kids played extremely, extremely hard. They never quit.”
Corbin had a 10-4 lead before the Lady Indians started to get back into the game. Bosley and Bailey O’Bryan combined for seven-straight points and a three-pointer by Kasi Schneid pulled Central within three points.
But, Corbin scored the final seven points of the quarter to take a 24-14 lead.
Led by Haley Christian, Raevin Cain and O’Bryan, Central put together a late run in the second half to get within three points (30-27) before Corbin took a four-point lead into halftime.
Late in the third quarter, the Lady RedHounds started to pull away. A pair of three pointer push the lead back to double digits and Corbin carried a 55-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
“You shoot in the 30s, you are really going to struggle,” Cooksey said. “We just can’t put in it the hole. We’ve just got to keep working and staying positive.”
Central was never able to get closer than 12 points the rest of the way and shot just 29 percent in the second half.
Christian and O’Bryan finished with eight points, Cain had nine rebounds and seven points, Schneid had seven points, while Emily Willoughby and Charity Mack each had two points.
On Saturday morning, Central rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to beat Lewis County, 51-43, in the quarterfinals. Bosley had 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Lady Indians allowed only 13 second-half points.
“She had a huge game,” Cooksey said of Bosley. “They had some bigs. They had some kids bigger than her. But, she was dominant.”
The Lady Indians shot just 37 percent, but forced 17 turnovers and out-rebounded Lewis County 42-26. O’Bryan ad Christian had eight points each, Schneid and Cain each had five points, Willoughby had four points and Lindsay Johns had three points.
Lewis County shot 16 percent from the field in the second half after hitting six-of-12 three-pointers in the first half. Central also had 17 second-chance points.