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January 4, 2014

H.S. BASKETBALL: Lady Indians storm back, down Berea

BEREA — In the opening minutes of a 44th District showdown on Friday evening, there was little doubt which team had the momentum.

The Lady Pirates raced out to a quick 7-0 lead and had an 11-7 advantage after the first quarter.

“I was disappointed with the way we started the game,” Madison Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “We didn’t come out with a whole lot of intensity.”

The defending district champs bounced back from the slow start relatively quickly.

The Lady Indians out-scored Berea Community 29-7 in the second quarter and pulled away for a 72-57 road win. Senior center Shadae Bosley finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds in 19 minutes of action and senior guard Bailey O’Bryan added 10 points as Central won its 22nd-straight district game.

The Lady Indians (10-4) had not lost to a district opponent since 2007.

Berea Community (4-6) jumped out early behind a field goals by Victoria Sexton, a three-pointer by Chase Fain and two free throws by Conner Coyle.

Haley Christian had five first-quarter points to keep Central close, but two more baskets by Sexton gave the Lady Pirates a four-point lead.

Central scored the first five points of the second quarter, taking its first lead on a three-pointer by Bailey O’Bryan (12-11). Berea took the lead two more times (13-12 and 15-14) on baskets by Jordan Sandefur before the Lady Indians went on a game-changing run.

Central scored 15 straight points to go up 29-15 with just more than a minute left before the half.

During that run, the Lady Indians hit  eight-of-nine free throws.

“Once you keep stopping the clock and letting them shoot (free throws) then that’s really the story of the game,” Berea coach Jennifer Cornett said.

After not scoring the first quarter, Bosley was dominant. The senior was five-of-seven from the field and nine-of-11 from the free throw line. She also had six offensive rebounds, many of which led to easy putbacks.

“We thought that Shadae and Raevin could both get easy baskets underneath,” Cooksey said. “But, we were real reluctant to get it in there. Shadae got a lot of baskets off rebounds instead of us just getting her the ball.”

The Lady Indians led 57-31 after three quarters and most of their starters spent the final period watching from the bench.

Lindsay Johns had eight points and three rebounds, Kasi Schneid had five points, Raevin Cain had four points, Abbey Hotchkiss and Kenadee Everly each had three points, while Emily Willoughby, Nia Hawkins and Charity Mack had two points each.

“I thought Haley, Lindsay Johns, Kasi Schneid and Emily Willoughby all played really well. I thought al the kids came in and did some nice things. It was nice to see some other kids step up and score.”

Sandefur had 18 points and four steals to lead Berea. Sexton had 15 points, Emily Keyser and Fain had six points each, Miranda Montgomery had five points, Coyle had four points, Cristina Morgan and Alex Horn had two points each and Allie Maynard had one point.

Central is set to return to action Thursday at Montgomery County.

Berea is set to return to action today at home against Beth Haven. Tip-off is set for noon.

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