By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Madison Central’s five seniors spent most of the second half Friday relaxing on the bench.
In the short time they were on the court against Franklin County, they put on a very, very impressive display.
The Indians raced out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter and simply overwhelmed the Flyers (7-13), 85-32, in Richmond. Ken-Jah Bosley had 21 points and six assists and Dominique Hawkins added 14 points as Central (20-4) rolled to its largest victory of the season.
“I don’t know if they weren’t ready to play, or if we just were,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “Our effort was good. We got a lot of easy buckets inside against the zone. You don’t get too many games like that.”
The Indians set the tone early.
Central scored 11 of the first 13 points of the game and after back-to-back dunks by Quan Taylor late in the first had a 26-6 lead.
Taylor had three more dunks in the second quarter as the Indians pushed their lead to 35 points. Three-pointers by Zach Jarvis and Coty Alexander gave Central a 56-17 lead at halftime.
In the first two quarters, Franklin County had just eight field goals, shot 31 percent and had 18 turnovers.
Central shot 63 percent in the first half.
“Everybody who got in there contributed,” Feldhaus said. “I’m glad to have a game like that. It’s good for team morale. With our schedule, we don’t get too many like this.”
None of Central’s starters played more than 14 minutes. Taylor finished with 11 points and five rebounds, while Hunter Stocker had two points and two assists and Daniel Parke had four rebounds.
Central forced 26 turnovers, which led to 35 points.
The Indians’ bench continued to build on the lead in the second half. Central pushed its advantage to as much as 55 points in the second half, despite a running clock.
The Indians had 12 players score, 12 players record a rebound and 10 players with at least one steal.
Sam Jones had eight points and 10 rebounds in a team-best 18 minutes of action and DeMarcus George had seven points.
“I’m sure there’s a lot of people who think after we lose all these seniors we are going to drop off considerably,” Feldhaus said. “We are going to drop off some, but I think we’ve got some kids who can play. In Sam and DeMarcus, we think we have two good post players.”
Cameron Thomas had eight points, Jarvis had five points, Alexander finished with three points, while Chris Conner, Kirk Humphrey and Griff Hotchkiss had two points each.
Central is set to return to action today at Russell County.
“Tomorrow night won’t be the same,” Feldhaus said of the trip to Russell County. “That team tomorrow night will work their tails off. They will put a body on us and they won’t be scared.”