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February 28, 2014

H.S. BASKETBALL: Indians, Lady Indians look to continue run of district titles

RICHMOND — In each of the past six years, Madison Central has swept both the girls and boys 44th District Basketball Tournament championships.

And today, both teams will try to extended their impressive streak of titles when they take the floor at McBrayer Arena.

Madison Central will face Madison Southern in the championship game of both tournaments. The girls title matchup is set for 6:30 p.m., with the boys game scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

Boys championship

The Indians (20-10) have dominated the 44th District for most of the past two decades, winning 18-straight titles, a streak that goes back to 1995.

In recent years, the Indians haven’t really even been challenged by district opponents, but they did get a tough test from Model on Tuesday night. The Patriots trailed by just nine at halftime, but Central pulled away for a 77-64 win.

Southern (13-15) had much less trouble advancing to the title game. The Eagles had an 18-point lead at halftime and went on to defeat Berea Community, 87-59, on Wednesday at McBrayer Arena.

Southern and Central played once in the regular season. The Indians rolled to a 77-55 win on Dec. 3 in Berea.

Southern and Central have meet in each of the past five district championship games. The Indians have won those games by an average margin of 28 points, including last year’s 80-40 win.

Girls championship

The Lady Indians have won six-straight district championships and they have rarely been seriously challenged during that streak — winning those titles games by an average margin of 31 points.

But, things could be very different when Central takes on Madison Southern (20-6) today at McBrayer Arena.

The Lady Eagles beat Central (14-14) last Friday in Richmond, 53-42, in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Southern has not won a district title since 2007, but earned a school-record 20th victory on Wednesday by defeating Berea, 50-49, in the district semifinals.

The Lady Eagles trailed for most of the game, but got a basket by freshman Marley Lawson with less than 30 seconds left to re-take the lead.

Central had a much easier time getting past Model on Tuesday in the other district semifinal. The Lady Indians got off to a bit of a slow start before building a 17-point lead and pulling away for a 66-35 win.

Southern’s win over Central last week snapped an 11-game losing streak to its long-time rivals. The Lady Eagles’ last win over the Lady Indians was in 2007 in the district semifinals.

Both Central and Southern will advance to next week’s 11th Region Tournament.

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