By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
MADISON COUNTY —
Just as they have done so many other times, Ashton Feldhaus and Larryn Brooks came up big just at the right moment.
The standout seniors scored 23 of their team’s 26 fourth-quarter points as Madison Central rallied to defeat 11th Region rival Lafayette, 66-61, Monday in Richmond.
The No. 4 Lady Indians trailed by four points after three quarters before the dynamic duo led the charge on a game-changing comeback.
“Larryn and Ashton, they’ve been there and they’ve done that,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “They’ve got icewater in their veins. They are going to step up and make big shots and that’s who we are going to roll with.”
Brooks finished with 25 points, five steals and four assists and Feldhaus finished with 23 points, six rebounds and two steals.
The win was the seventh-straight for the Lady Indians (21-3).
Early on, it looked like Central would roll past the Lady Generals (13-11).
The Lady Indians hit a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter and jumped out to a 20-5 lead. They were up by 11 points (20-9) heading into the second quarter.
That lead slowly began to disappear.
Lafayette put together a 12-0 run and then tied the game just before halftime. Brooks scored the Lady Indians’ final five points of the half, allowing them to take a 28-25 lead into halftime.
“In the second quarter, we just couldn’t hit a shot,” Cooksey said. “They were nice shots. They weren’t bad shots.”
Central jumped back out to a six-point lead early in the third quarter, but Lafayette connected three times from long range to once again pull even. The Lady Generals finished the quarter on a 5-1 run to take a 44-40 lead.
“We handled their zone a little better in the third and fourth quarter,” Cooksey said. “It was one of those games. At halftime, we were shooting 38 percent. There were some easy buckets in their that we needed to hit.”
While Brooks and Feldhaus were leading the way for Central, Lafayette was getting big production from a pair of post players. Junior Sarah Cooley had 17 points and 12 rebounds and sophomore Ashanti Thomas had eight points and eight rebounds.
Led by that pair of six-footers, Lafayette out-rebounded Central, 38-29.
“They play well together,” Cooksey said of Cooley and Thomas. “They did a lot of good things.”
Feldhaus opened the fourth-quarter with a three-point play, then Shadae Bosley pulled the Lady Indians within a point by hitting two free throws.
Brooks put Central back in front (48-47) with a scooping drive in the lane with 5:25 left. After Lafayette regained the lead moments later, Feldhaus converted another three-point play to put the Lady Indians in front for good.
“We’ve got five kids who are winners and they don’t want to lose,” Cooksey said. “They showed that tonight.”
Bosley finished with eight points, 12 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and one assist.
“The past three of four games, Shadae Bosley has played excellent basketball,” Cooksey said. “She’s the reason we won the Clay County (last week). The extra effort she gives was very, very helpful tonight.”
Heather Hinkle had six points and five rebounds and Bailey O’Bryan had four points and three assists.
Brooks, Feldhaus, Bosley and O’Bryan all played all 32 minutes.
Central is set to return to action Friday at home against Franklin County.