By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
It took the Lady Indians quite a while to get on track Saturday at home against Henry Clay.
After trailing by a point at halftime (20-19), Madison Central out-scored the Lady Blue Devils 16-7 in the third quarter and went on to pick up a hard-fought 50-42 win. Larryn Brooks had 18 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists and Shadae Bosley added 12 points and five rebounds for the Lady Indians (13-2).
“In the first half, they hit some shots and we didn’t rebound the basketball,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “In the first half, they had more offensive rebounds then we had total rebounds. We told our kids that if that happens in the second half, we will lose the game.”
The first half was ugly for Central.
The Lady Indians had 10 turnovers and were out-rebounded 16-7. They shot just 44 percent and only got to the free throw line twice.
“We can’t drop our heads,” Cooksey said. “We’ve got to keep playing. And I thought in the second half we did that.”
The Lady Indians finally took control in the third quarter. Central opened the second half on a 13-2 run, lead by Brooks and Bailey O’Bryan. Brooks had eight points in third and O’Bryan added six points.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Central had a 36-26 lead.
Even after falling behind by double-digits, Henry Clay continued to set the tempo with a very deliberate half-court offense. The Lady Blue Devils (8-8) were able to get back to within six points and never really went away.
“They wait for you to fall asleep and make a mistake,” Cooksey said of Henry Clay. “They are a tough matchup. They’ve got a lot of athletes. You’ve just got to move on.”
Central had only one field in the fourth quarter, but hit 12-of-16 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
“We hit some when we needed to,” Cooksey said.
Ashton Feldhaus had 11 points and nine rebounds and O’Bryan had nine points.
Central is set to return to action Monday at Scott County.