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November 27, 2012

H.S. HOOPS: Feldhaus, Brooks will be asked to play bigger roles for Central this season

RICHMOND — Ashton Feldhaus and Larryn Brooks have been the driving force behind Madison Central’s success in recent years.

They’ve earned all-state honors, each has scored more than 1,000 points and both have already signed to play for Division I schools — Feldhaus with Butler and Brooks with Indiana.

But, this season they will be asked to do even more.

“I think they are ready for a great senior season,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “It’s their time. We are going to depend on them for leadership and to get us through the tough times. We are going to look for them to carry us.”

The Lady Indians will certainly need the senior duo to carry the load.

Central graduated four key performers from a team that advanced to the 11th Region title game last season — including two starters. The Lady Indians really only have back four players who got any significant varsity playing time last season.

“There’s a huge hole to fill,” Cooksey said. “We return three starters, but there’s a huge leadership hole. There’s a huge hole all the way around. It’s going to different

for a lot of these kids.”

Feldhaus (6-foot-1, forward), Brooks (point guard) and Heather Hinkle (guard) are back in the lineup from last season and Bailey O’Bryan is expected to take over at the other guard spot.

The Lady Indians will turn to a transfer to jump into the lineup on the interior. Shadae Bosley, a 6-foot-2 junior from Indianapolis, has only been playing basketball for a couple of years, but has already shown plenty of potential.

“We feel like she gives us a scoring dimension inside that we haven’t had in a while,” Cooksey said of Bosley, who is the sister of football/basketball standout Ken-Jah Bosley. “She’s a real good athlete. She can get out on the perimeter and defend.”

After those five starters, the Lady Indians really have no experienced players on the bench.

Central has a big junior class, but they haven’t been asked to play at the varsity level, yet.

“They got very limited minutes,” Cooksey said. “So, depth is huge for us.”

Because of that lack of depth, the Lady Indians may not push the ball as much as they have in recent years and they may not press nearly as often.

Developing those players off the bench will be important and there are several players who could make an impact, including sophomore forward Raevin Cain, junior center Aryn Singer, junior guard Hailey Christian and sophomore guard Emily Fultz.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Cooksey said.

The Lady Indians will once again face a difficult schedule. After opening the season Wednesday at home against North Laurel, Central will hit the road to take on Bryan Station Friday and No. 1 Marion County last weekend.

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