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November 15, 2012

H.S. BASKETBALL: Madison Central standouts make it official

RICHMOND — Larryn Brooks tried to fight back her emotions.

She simply couldn’t.

Sitting at the same table with her best friend and long-time teammate as she prepared to sign a national letter of intent in front of a room full of her classmates and coaches, the moment was too overwhelming.

“I got emotional,” Brooks said. “It was hard.”

On Thursday, Madison Central’s two senior standouts signed with Division I schools. Brooks signed with Indiana University and Ashton Feldhaus signed with Butler University.

Brooks and Feldhaus have played together since they were eighth-graders at Clark-Moores and have been the driving force behind Madison Central’s success in recent years.

With Feldhaus and Brooks in the lineup, the Lady Indians have posted a 79-17 overall record the past three years, while advancing to the 11th Region championship game in each of the past two years.

The duo helped lead Central to its first 11th Region title in 2011 and both were selected to the Kentucky Junior All-Star Game last season.

“It’s just been a blessing,” Feldhaus said. “Five years. Best friends. That doesn’t come easy. We’ve been through a lot. We’ve always fought through it.”

The best friends had always hoped to play together in college as well, but they ultimately choose different paths.

Both gave verbal commitments during the summer (Brooks in June and Feldhaus in July) and made those decisions official on Thursday.

“People asked us if we were a package deal. And we always said yes, if it was the right fit,” Feldhaus said. “She loved Indiana and I loved Butler. So, that’s the best fit for the both of us.”

The long-time teammates won’t be far from each other (Butler and IU are separated by just 60 miles) and they will get the opportunity to face each other on the court.

Butler and Indiana are scheduled to play in each of the next two seasons.

“We are not going to be on the same team, but knowing that we are going to get to play against each other, that’s special,” Feldhaus said.

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