Register Staff Reports
Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins gave his team an opportunity to knock off one of the top-ranked teams in the country Saturday at the Marshall County Hoopfest.
Hawkins scored 29 points, had five rebounds and two steals as the Indians (1-1) fell to Travis High School (Texas), 64-57. Central’s standout senior played all 32 minutes and outscored Travis’ Harrison twins — Aaron and Andrew — who have committed to Kentucky.
Andrew had 25 points and Aaron finished with just three points.
Hawkins was 11-of-17 from the field.
“He had a big game, but that’s what we expect,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said of Hawkins. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from him.”
The Indians pulled even at 38-38 late in the third quarter, but they missed their first 18 three-point attempts and had 17 turnovers.
Senior Ken-Jah Bosley had 12 points, but was 0-of-9 from three-point range.
“Ken-Jah really struggled from behind the three-point line,” Feldhaus said. “If we just have an average night shooting, then we have a chance (to win the game). We never could get anything to fall.”
Travis was two-of-19 from three-point range and was 16-of-22 from the free throw line.
Central was six-of-10 from the line.
“That was a big difference,” Feldhaus said of the free throws.
Quan Taylor had 12 points and eight rebounds while limiting Aaron Harrison on the defensive end. Daniel Parke and Hunter Stocker each had two points.
Central trailed 8-0 in the opening minutes before rallying to take a 14-10 lead after one quarter.
“We guarded those suckers man-to-man the whole game,” Feldhaus said. “There’s not many teams that would be able to say that.”
Travis is 5-0 on the season.
The Indians are set to return to action Tuesday at Clark County.
Madison Southern 72, Leslie Co.37
The Eagles had little trouble rolling past Leslie County Saturday at the PRTC Classic at Jackson County High School.
Madison Southern (2-1) jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead and had 11 players score on the way to a 72-37 victory. Senior point guard Tyler Abshear had 21 points and was named the player of the game.
Southern forced 29 turnovers and hit nine three pointers.
“We pressed them and that led to some turnovers and some easy baskets,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said.
Michael Rothermel had 13 points and Trevor Huff had 10 points as Southern picked up a second-straight win. Spencer Stone had one point and nine rebounds, Jake Napier and Kenden Angel had six points, Clayton Barnes and Marlin Taylor had four points each, Blake Hedges-Sharon had six points, Stacy Burns had five points and Nick Hume had two points.
Southern is set to return to action Tuesday at home against Bell County.