By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Lady Indians went into halftime of Wednesday’s 11th Region showdown with Scott County in Richmond trailing by just four points (35-31).
But, the Lady Cardinals quickly took control in the second half.
Scott County (2-0) opened the third quarter on an 11-0 run and went on to lead by as much 23 points before eventually claiming a 65-56 win over Madison Central (2-1).
The Lady Indians were out-scored 19-4 in the third quarter and never recovered, despite a late surge in the closing minutes.
Junior forward Raevin Cain had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Indians, while senior Bailey O’Bryan added 13 points.
“They got a steal or two and hit a couple of quick baskets,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said of Scott County’s third-quarter run. “That was our Achilles’ heel the other night against Frankfort. We came out with a double-digit lead and we let them back in the game.”
Against Frankfort, the Lady Indians were able to bounce back from a sub-par start to the second half and still picked up a 46-39 victory.
That didn’t happen this time.
Scott County switched to a zone to start the second half, seemingly catching Central a little off guard. The Lady Indians were held scoreless for the first 4:12 of the second half before Kasi Schneid hit a pair of free throws that cut the Lady Cardinals’ lead to 46-33.
Cain gave Central its first second-half field goal with 2:51 left in the third quarter.
Scott County took a 54-35 lead into the fourth quarter and pushed that advantage to 63-40 in the closing moments.
“We will take the loss with our heads held high and we will get in here tomorrow and watch film and move on from there,” Cooksey said.
Central did try to battle back, though.
The Lady Indians put together an 11-0 run fueled by Cain and O’Bryan.
But, it was too little, too late.
“I was extremely proud of our effort,” Cooksey said. “We showed a little bit there in the final three or four minutes of the game. We really, really got after them. We had kids get after it and really play. They still had their starters in the game and we kept trying to get steals.”
Cain led the charge offensively and defensively for Central. She hit seven-of-10 field goal attempts, was three-of-four from the line, had six offensive rebounds and four steals.
“Raevin really stood out,” Cooksey said. “She would have had 21 points, but she walked twice when she was wide-open going to the basket. She played extremely well.”
Cain had eight points and six rebounds in the first half as Central and Scott County exchanged leads.
The Lady Cardinals went up 10-4, but the Lady Indians used a 10-0 run to take a 14-12 lead after the first quarter.
Cain gave Central a 29-26 lead late in the second quarter on two free throws, but Scott County got back-to-back three-pointers by Bailey Hawkins to re-take the lead.
Senior center Shadae Bosley had six points and eight rebounds in the first half. She attempted just one field goal in the second half and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
“They did some things to take it away from her,” Cooksey said of Bosley. “They were going to double her. You could see that in the first half. They were going to make us shot it from the outside.”
Emily Willoughby had eight points, Schneid and Haley Christian had four points each and Lindsay Johns had one point.
Central shot just 34 percent from the field and was two-of-12 from three point range.
The Lady Indians are set to return to action Monday at Clark County.