By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
With just more than a minute left in Tuesday’s showdown with 11th Region rival Lexington Catholic in Richmond, Madison Central had the ball and a very comfortable lead.
At that point, the outcome had already been decided, but Dominique Hawkins wanted to cap an impressive victory in style.
The senior point guard blew past a defender, got into the lane and threw down a nasty, one-handed dunk over Lexington Catholic’s Jack Whitman.
“I just did it. I don’t know,” Hawkins said. “I felt like I was dreaming after it happened.”
It was a perfect ending to another solid victory. Hawkins had 21 points, six assists and four rebounds as the Indians picked up a 76-58 victory over the Knights (17-8). Ken-Jah Bosley had 23 points as Central (19-3) had four players reach double-figures in scoring.
“We are hoping this is statement game heading into the 11th Region Tournament, because we may see them again,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said.
With the win, the Indians improved their record to 5-0 against 11th Region competition this season.
Back on the court for the first time since a loss to No. 1 Trinity Friday in Louisville, Central had a two-point lead after the first quarter, then pushed out to a 38-26 lead at halftime.
Hawkins and Quan Taylor both had 13 points in the first half as Central held Catholic to 38 percent shooting.
“We were definitely ready for this game,” Hawkins said. “We knew it was an 11th Region game and we wanted to show them what we can do. We might see them again.”
Taylor finished with a double-double — 17 points and 12 rebounds — and senior guard Daniel Parke had 11 points, connecting on three three-pointers.
“Daniel works hard,” Hawkins said of Parke. “He’s one of our best defenders. He can knock down shots too.”
Hawkins gave Central a 20-point lead mid-way through the third quarter and Catholic was never able to get back within single digits the rest of the way.
The Indians shot just 41 percent from the field for the game, but they were nine-of-24 from three-point range and 17-of-21 from the free throw line.
“They had a real hard time guarding us,” Feldhaus said. “They tried some different things, but we are pretty skilled offensively.”
Hunter Stocker and DeMarcus George each had two points and Sam Jones added a point.
Whitman had 20 points to lead Catholic.
Central had 16 assists on 25 field goals.
“It was a good effort,” Feldhaus said. “They are the No. 1 seed in their district. That’s a pretty convincing win. We will take it.”
Central is set to return to action Friday at home against Franklin County.