By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
When Raevin Cain scored in the opening minutes of the second half Monday against Frankfort, it appeared the Lady Indians were ready to roll to a relatively easy win.
That basket put Madison Central on top by 20 points (32-12).
But, that momentum slowly started to slip away.
Frankfort put together a 12-0 run in the third quarter to get back in the game and the Lady Indians had to hit free throws late to seal a hard-fought 46-39 win.
The Lady Panthers (1-3) got within four points with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. A basket by Shadae Bosley on a nice assist from Bailey O’Bryan in the final moments secured the victory.
“We just didn’t match their intensity in the second half,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “You can mark that up to inexperience. We’ve got to learn how to play with a lead and when to buckle down and D up. And we didn’t defend in the second half.”
Early on, the Lady Indians were in complete control.
Central jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held Frankfort scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game.
An 8-0 run — including a pair of baskets from Bosley and baskets by Haley Christian and Kasi Schneid — gave Central a 21-8 lead.
The Lady Indians shot just 33 percent in the first half, but limited Frankfort to 14 percent shooting (3-of-21) and forced 14 turnovers, which led to 15 points.
Bosley, a 6-foot-2 senior who has signed with Cleveland State, had eight points and six rebounds in the first half, but was limited to just nine minutes of action because of foul trouble.
She picked up her third foul early in the third quarter.
Bosley played just 19:47 and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
Without Bosley in the lineup, the Lady Indians’ offense struggle. They shot just 22 percent in the first half — connecting on four-of-18 field goal attempts.
“It limits what we can do,” Cooksey said of playing without Bosley in the lineup.
“When she is in foul trouble and sitting out, it’s gonna hurt us on the boards and defensively. But, I thought some other kids stepped up.”
Central had only one basket in the fourth quarter. The Lady Indians hit 14-of-17 free throw attempts and were 2-of-13 from three-point range.
“We didn’t hit any shots,” Cooksey said. “We were settling for 17, 18-foot jumpers, instead of driving to the basket and getting contact.”
O’Bryan and Schneid had nine points each. Lindsay Johns had eight points. Cain had six points and Christian had seven rebounds and four points.
With only two players on the roster with any extended varsity experience, Cooksey knew his team would struggle early in the season.
And they have.
But, he is confident his young team is going to improve rather quickly.
“As our kids get more experience, they will get better,” Cooksey said.
Central is set to return to action Wednesday at home against Scott County.