By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
After a tough overtime loss to No. 6 Ballard on the road, Madison Central coach Robbie Cooksey thought his team might be a little flat the next time they took the court.
And they certainly were Saturday against Casey County in Richmond.
“It was a tough loss,” Cooksey said of Wednesday’s 70-63 setback. “The kids and the coaching staff felt like that was a game that we had and just one or two little things and we would have won the game. You get a big matchup like that then sometimes you are going to have a letdown the next game. But, I was proud of the way we came out and played in the second half.”
The No. 3 Lady Indians shook off a somewhat lethargic first half and pulled away for a 56-43 win over the Lady Rebels. Ashton Feldhaus had 14 points and nine rebounds and Larry Brooks had 14 points and five assists for Central (15-3).
The Lady Indians never trailed but Casey County wouldn’t go away. The Lady Rebels got back within five points late in the third quarter before a 9-0 run put Central in control.
“I thought we started out kind of slow,” Cooksey said. “We had about a 12-point lead and we kept telling the kids that they’ve got to push it. They are a good team. They can come back and do some things. I thought our effort in the second half was much better.”
The Lady Indians had an eight-point lead (25-17) at halftime, but only had three players score — Brooks (seven), Feldhaus (12) and Heather Hinkle (six points). Central also shot just 35 percent from the field in the first half.
In the second half, the Lady Indians started to get some offensive production from their other two starters. Bailey O’Bryan hit two three-pointers and scored all 11 of her points after halftime. Shadae Bosley had six points and six rebounds in the second half and Hinkle had five points after halftime.
“We got some more balance,” Cooksey said. “Typically, we’ve got two kids who will lead us in scoring and three others who can score. I thought we spread the offense out a little better in the second half.”
Central limited Casey County to 31 percent shooting and forced 10 turnovers. The Lady Rebels shot 24 three-pointers, but shot just 20.8 percent.
With Casey County playing mostly zone, the Lady Indians pounded the ball on the interior to Feldhaus and Bosley. Feldhaus was six-of-16 from the field and Bosley was three-of-eight.
Central had nine second-chance points and out-rebounded Casey County, 38-29.
The Lady Indians also went six-of-15 from three-point range.
“We were trying to get in the post and we did some good things,” Cooksey said. “We were able to get it in there get some shots and also kick it out. I thought we did a nice job moving the ball.”
Bosley finished with 10 rebounds and Hinkle added 11 points.
Central is set to return to action Monday at home against Lexington Catholic.