By Sarah Hogsed
Register staff report
The Madison Central Indians overcame a sluggish start Tuesday to down West Jessamine, 85-65, in Nicholasville.
The Colts took advantage of six early turnovers to break out to a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Indians came back to tie the score at 17 all on a layup by Quan Taylor then took the lead at 19-17 on two free throws by Ken-Jah Bosley.
But the Colts responded, eventually pulling out to an eight-point lead at 34-26 with just under a minute to go in the half.
The Colts were leading 36-29 with only four seconds on the clock before Dominique Hawkins drilled a long three pointer at the buzzer to pull the Indians to within 36-32 at the half.
Central coach Allen Feldhaus said without the play of Hawkins, who had 21 first-half points, the sluggish Indians would have been blown out.
“We were just flat and not getting after it and getting out-worked in the first half. Dominique was the only one that did anything in the first half. He kept us in the game while everybody else was just standing around not guarding anybody,” Feldhaus said. “It was just bad. It was ugly. But we had a little halftime talk. I had to wake them up a little bit and they responded.”
Whatever Feldhaus said at halftime had the desired effect.
Trailing 40-39, two Hunter Stoker free throws began a 10-1 run over the next two minutes that gave Central a 49-41 lead with just under three minutes to go in the third quarter.
The Colts cut the lead to seven early in the fourth quarter but that was as close as they could get.
“The second half was good,” Feldhaus said. “I have no complaints about how we played in the second half. The ball was moving, the defense was better. It was the way we should have played the first half, basically.”
Hawkins led everyone in scoring, finishing with 31 points and seven rebounds.
Bosley was the only other Indian in double-figures with 27 points and he also pulled down six rebounds.
Hunter Stocker finished the night with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Sam Jones and Taylor had six points each, George Walker had five points and Demarcus George added two points.
The Indians outrebounded the Colts 36-25.
Central will be back in action Friday when they host Lincoln County at 7:30 p.m.