The Richmond Register

February 2, 2014

H.S. BASKETBALL: Central fights off Russell County

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Madison Central snapped a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought 65-58 victory over Russell County (11-7) on Saturday in Richmond.

Cameron Thomas led the way for the Indians (16-7), scoring a game-high 22 points while adding five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Sam Jones had 11 points and seven rebounds and Demarcus George added eight points and 11 rebounds.

Central jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Lakers battled back. The first half featured eight ties and four lead changes, but the score was tied 21-21 at halftime and 40-40 after three quarters.

The Indians opened the final quarter on an 11-3 run and never relinquished that lead.

Russell County put together one final charge and used a 6-0 run to get back within two points.

But, George had a big putback and Kirk Humphrey had a key basket as Central protected its lead. Jones added two more baskets in the final minute.

The Indians shot 55 percent from the field in the second half (49 percent for the game) and forced 19 turnovers, which led to 24 points. Central was just 15-of-29 from the free throw line.

For the second-straight game, the Indians did not hit a three-pointer.

Coty Alexander and Humphrey had eight points each, Isaiah Johnson had six points and Ross Ramsey had two points.

Central is set to return to action Tuesday at Henry Clay.