Register staff report
MADISON COUNTY —
The Lady Indians took control early and used another outstanding defensive effort to cruise to an easy win Thursday at the Lady Dragon Hoop Fest at South Oldham.
Madison Central hit its first six shots and took a 17-0 lead, then continued to pull away for a 64-34 victory over Collins (4-4). Senior Ashton Feldhaus led the way for the Lady Indians, scoring 21 points, while bringing down 14 rebounds and blocking four shots.
“We came out and we were red hot,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said.
The Lady Indians (7-1) were solid defensively once again. They limited Collins to just 29 percent shooting and only 18 first-half points.
During a championship run last weekend at the Berea Lady Pirate Holiday Classic, the Lady Indians allowed just 150 points in four games (37.5 points a game). So far this year, they have allowed more than 57 point in a game just once — No. 1 Marion County (66-35).
“I’ve been real impressed with our team defense,” Cooksey said. “We’ve held four straight opponents to less than 30 percent shooting.”
Feldhaus reached double figures in rebounds for the fourth straight game as well, while senior point guard Larryn Brooks had 12 points, four rebounds and three steals. Heather Hinkle had eight points, including two three-pointers, and added two rebounds and three steals. Bailey O’Bryan had six points and three steals, Shadae Bosley had six points, seven rebounds and two blocks, Hailey Christian and Lindsey Johns had four points and Aryn Singer had three points.
Central shot 48 percent from the field and had a 14-point lead at halftime (32-18).
The Lady Indians are set to return to action at 8:15 p.m. today against either Gallatin County or Cooper. The championship game of the tournament is scheduled for Saturday night at South Oldham.
Model Lab 58, Caverna 38
Even without their top two rebounders, the Patriots still had no problem rolling to a win Thursday at the Monticello All “A” Shootout.
Brendan Hill had 20 points and Zack Rice-Gordon added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Model defeated Caverna, 58-38. The Patriots never trailed and had a 35-18 lead at halftime.
Anthony Gerald hit six-of-eight free throws and finished with eight points. Jared Adams had nine points and A.J. Hammons added seven points. Hill was nine-of-10 from the free throw line and Rice-Gordon hit a pair of three-pointers.
Model was 19-of-26 from the free throw line.
Jon Ballard missed the game with a wrist injury and Jesse Middleton was serving the first game of a two-game suspension for being ejected from Tuesday’s game with Shelby County.
Model is set to return to action today against either Middlesboro or Eminence.