By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
A defensive adjustment was just what the Lady Indians needed to lift them to a victory Sunday in the third-place game of the Berea Holiday Classic.
Shadae Bosley scored a game-high 21 points and had 14 rebounds as Madison Central defeated Rowan County, 43-24, at Madison Southern High School.
The Lady Indians (5-3) did not allow a field goal in the fourth quarter and limited the Lady Vikings to just one point in the final 11 minutes of the game.
“We dropped back and played a little zone and it was effective,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “We were having a real hard time with (Faith Conn). She was posting us up and doing some real nice things, which made it tough for us. So, we decided to get them out of those man-to-man sets and make them shoot from the outside and luckily they went cold. It worked out well for us.”
Conn had six points, three rebounds and a steal in the first half. She scored just two points in the second half and Rowan County connected on only 2-of-12 three-point attempts for the game.
The Lady Indians had a 17-13 lead at halftime and extended that lead in the opening minutes of third quarter.
After Becca Duff connected on a three-pointer with 3:07 left in the period, Rowan County trailed 28-23.
From that point on, Central out-scored the Lady Vikings 15-1.
Rowan County shot just 23 percent from the field for the game, including a four-of-17 performance in the second half.
Central’s offense wasn’t all that much better.
The Lady Indians shot just 30 percent for the game, but they hit 15-of-17 free throws and out-rebounded Rowan County 41-22.
“We get to the hole a lot, but we just don’t convert,” Cooksey said of his team’s offense. “Lindsay Johns went the basket strong four or five times, but just didn’t hit them. The kids are going hard, they are just not falling for us.”
Bosley had 13 points and eight rebounds in the second half. For the game, the senior was seven-of-10 from the field and seven-of-seven from the free throw line.
After the game, she was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Madison Southern’s Briana Lanham.
“Shadae stepped up,” Cooksey said. “She’s had three double-doubles in a row. I thought all the kids played well. We got a lot of production from a lot of kids.”
Raevin Cain had eight points and eight rebounds, Haley Christian had eight points, Bailey O’Bryan battled foul trouble and finished with just three points and Johns had two points and seven rebounds.
Central is set to return to action Friday at the Bourbon County Holiday Tournament in Paris.