Register Staff Report
The Lady Indians were in a funk — and they were desperately searching to find some way to get back on track.
It turned out that an unplanned mid-season break may have been just what they needed.
After not playing for 14 days because of weather-related cancellations, Madison Central (12-8) picked up a solid road win Thursday at Woodford County and then defeated Shelby County (12-5), 46-36, Saturday afternoon in Richmond.
Against the Lady Rockets, the Lady Indians built a 16-point first-half lead and never trailed. Central limited Shelby County to just 19 percent shooting for the game and got another double-double from senior standout center Shadae Bosley — 12 points and 11 rebounds.
“I think we’ve settled in a little bit,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “Defensively, we’ve gotten a little better. I think we’ve figured out that there are going to be nights where we aren’t going to shoot it well and we have to defend.”
Prior to the two-week break, the Lady Indians had lost three-straight, including a 23-point performance against Henry Clay in Lexington.
Central struggled a bit shooting the ball against Shelby County — 31 percent from the field, 17 percent in the second half — but once again was solid defensively. The Lady Rockets had just five field goals in each half and despite having a bigger lineup the visitors had just a slight advantage on the boards — 43-42.
Raevin Cain had three points and a team-best 12 rebounds for Central, seven of which were offensive. Lindsay Johns had six points and five rebounds, while Emily Willoughby and Haley Christian each had nine points.
Bailey O’Bryan had four points and five assists and Kasi Schneid had three points.
“I was just really pleased with the effort,” Cooksey said. “Every kid who came in played really well and did something nice for us.”
Shelby County got back within six points (32-26) late in the third quarter, but Bosley answered for Central. The senior scored the final six points of the period to push the lead back to double-figures.
“Shadae had another monster game for us,” Cooksey said.
Central is set to return to action Monday at home against Bourbon County.