A strong performance at the free throw line in the second half helped the Indians come up with a big road win Tuesday over a long-time 11th Region rival.
Madison Central hit 14-of-17 free throws in the second half (including 10-of-12 in the fourth quarter) and pulled away for a 71-64 win over Lexington Catholic. The Indians (18-8) had four players in double-figures, led by Isaiah Johnson, who finished with a game-best 25 points.
Cameron Thomas had 13 points and nine rebounds, Coty Alexander had 12 points and Demarcus George had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Catholic had the advantage early, taking a 25-18 lead in the second quarter. The Indians responded with a 16-0 run, which included an Johnson dunk, and took a 38-35 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, there were six lead changes and three ties before Central finally took control. Alexander hit a three-pointer with 1:09 left to give the Indians a 49-47 lead.
They never trailed again.
Alexander, Johnson and Thomas all made big free throws in the fourth as Central took an 11-point lead.
The Indians shot 52 percent from the field in the first half and just 39 percent in the second half.
Sam Jones had six points, Kirk Humphrey had three points and Ross Ramsey had two points. Thomas was 9-of-12 from the free throw line and also had seven assists.
Central is set to return to action Friday at Franklin County.
Model 69, Bath County 33
Bath County scored the first basket Tuesday at home against Model.
The Patriots took over from there.
Model Laboratory scored the next 27 points and went to roll to a 69-33 win in Owingsville. Ephraim Otieno had 22 points and seven assists as Model improved its record to 16-8 on the season with a third-straight win.
Alex Chen added 17 points and 15 rebounds, Jared Adams had 16 points, while Zack Rice-Gordon had seven points and nine assists.
“We played really well as a team,” Model coach Wes Scarberry said. “We had 20 assists. That’s the third-straight game we’ve had more than 15 assists.”
Model led 23-2 after the first quarter and 38-11 at halftime.
Chase Mohallatee had three points, while Jacob Backus and Nick Smith had two points each.
The Patriots are set to return to action Friday at home against Robertson County.
Rockcastle County 69, Berea Community 39
The Pirates (5-18) fell behind early and couldn’t find a way to bounce back Tuesday on the road.
Dustan Kates had 11 points and five rebounds and Bradley Atkins added nine points and six rebounds as Berea Community fell at Rockcastle County, 69-39.
The Pirates trailed 18-11 after the first quarter and 40-24 at halftime. Berea shot 40 percent from the field and had 21 turnovers.
Trey Terrill had eight points, eight rebounds and two assists, Austin Warford had five points, Sam Shearer had four points and Cameron Coyle added two points.
Berea is set to return to action Friday at home against Estill County.