Register Sports Writer
The Madison Central Lady Indians (12-12) broke a four-game losing streak with a 70-34 blowout win over Tates Creek Monday in Richmond.
The Lady Indians led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter then put the game away in the second quarter.
Central outscored the Lady Commodores 24-4 — including the first 20 points — to take a 40-16 lead at the half.
The Lady Indians were never threatened in the second half, pulling out to a 56-22 lead after three quarters and building as much as a 39-point lead mid-way through the fourth quarter.
Senior Shadae Bosley lead four Lady Indians in double figures with a double-double — 16 points and 12 rebounds. She also had two blocked shots and two steals.
Kasi Schneid had 14 points, Bailey O’Bryan added 11 points and Lyndsey Johns had 10 points.
Central coach Robbie Cooksey said it was a team effort.
“I thought that everybody who got in did something really positive and played really hard,” Cooksey said. I thought our half-court defense was really good, especially in the second quarter. That fed our offense and the kids were unselfish and we hit the open people and it seemed like we hit two or three baskets in a matter of 10-15 seconds.”
Central pounded the ball inside early to Bosley and Raevin Cain, who scored nine of the Lady Indians 16 first-quarter points.
That opened up the outside for the Central guards and O’Bryan, Schneid, Hayley Christian and Emily Willoughby found repeated lanes to the basket where they scored or were fouled.
“Look at Shadae’s numbers, 16 (points) and 12 (rebounds). She had another monster night. She’s carried us pretty much the whole time and she opened up things for everybody else,” Cooksey said. “Our timing was on tonight. I thought we played the pick-and-roll well. We got to the basket and if we didn’t get to the basket we kicked it to the wing and that’s when Casey hit two threes. So we did a lot of good things tonight.”
In all, eight Lady Indians got in the scoring column.
Emily Willoughby had seven points, a rebound and two assists off the bench, while Cain finished with six points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots and five steals. Hayley Christian added four points and two rebounds and Alex Stanley had two points.
Cooksey said it was a good win heading into the district tournament, which begins next week.
“Tonight we wanted to play really well basically because district is right on us and we are going to need this type effort,” Cooksey said. “It is going to be a tough two games for us in the district and we are going to have to be ready to play.”
Central is back in action on Friday with a big Senior Night matchup with rival Madison Southern at 7:30 p.m.