By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Lady Indians won their sixth-consecutive 44th District Championship in dominant fashion, blowing out Southern 69-30 Friday in McBrayer Arena.
Ashton Feldhaus and Larryn Brooks combined for 45 points for Central and the Lady Indians defense dominated the smaller Southern lineup all night.
“We got hot there for a few minutes and shot the ball fairly well for a few minutes,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “We started getting the ball up and down the floor and getting out in transition and when you can do that and they are not scoring on the other end it starts to hurt. But I thought Madison Southern came out and played well. They played hard for four quarters and you’ve got to give them some credit.”
Southern played well early on, jumping out to a 6-2 lead on three pointers by Samantha Parms and Kelley Freeman and only trailed 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Central began to crank things up in the second quarter as they scored the first nine points and held the Lady Eagles to only two free throws the entire quarter.
Back-to-back three pointers by Brooks gave Central a 29-15 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, both teams found their range from behind the arc.
Parms and Briana Lanham drained threes for Southern, while Brooks had one and Feldhaus added two for Central as the Lady Indians stretched their lead to 49-23 after three quarters of play.
Central ran off the first 10 points of the fourth quarter and cruised to the victory.
“They are a very good team. They look for each other on transition, share the ball and run the floor extremely well and they are great players,” Southern coach Summer Simmons said. “Our gameplan was to make them hit some shots from the outside. They were hitting them and we weren’t always getting out because we were worried about the inside. But, I’m proud of my team with all the adversity they’ve gone through, they are still giving their all.”
Parms led the way for Southern with 13 points. Lanham finished with eight points and nine rebounds, while Freeman had five points and four rebounds, Adriannah Willis had three points and Hayden Westfall had one point.
Shadae Bosley had six points and seven rebounds for Central, while Bailey O'Bryan had six points and three rebounds, Heather Hinkle had five points, Hailey Christian, Raevin Cain and Lindsay Johns had two each and Aryn Singer had one point.
Both teams advance to next week’s 11th Region Tournament at McBrayer Arena.