By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Indians are back in the semifinals of the 11th Region Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year.
It certainly wasn’t easy to go there, though.
Madison Central (22-10) trailed by three points mid-way through the fourth quarter before rallying for a 75-72 win over Franklin County Thursday at the Frankfort Convention Center. The Indians hit 16 of their final 18 free throws, including 11 straight, to seal a hard-fought win.
That victory sets up a showdown with Scott County (30-3) in today’s semifinals.
Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. in Frankfort.
Henry Clay and Woodford County will met in the other semifinal at 8:15 p.m. The championship game is set for Tuesday in Frankfort.
Despite losing all five starters from last year’s Sweet 16 Championship team, the Indians have won 22 games this season and rolled to a 19th-straight 44th District title last week.
Central got another solid performance from its outstanding interior duo in the win over Franklin County (15-13). Senior DeMarcus George had 19 points and 13 rebounds and junior Sam Jones had 20 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Cameron Thomas added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Central did not play Scott County during the regular season. The long-time rivals have not played since 2009.
Scott County has been ranked at the top of most state-wide polls all season. The Cardinals won 21-straight games before being upset by Henry Clay in the title game of the 42nd District Tournament last week.
On Thursday, Scott County got off to a fast start and went on to beat Lexington Catholic, 62-49, in the 11th Region quarterfinals. The Cardinals had a 26-10 lead in the first half and were never really threatened the rest of the way.
Trent Gilbert had a game-best 30 points and eight rebounds for Scott County (15-of-16 free throws). Teddy Ware added 17 points and Rackwon Long had eight points off the bench.
The Cardinals shot 51 percent from the field for the game, including 8-of-15 from the three-point range.