By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Madison Central Lady Indians (22-3) picked up their eighth-straight win 43-35 over Franklin County in a grind-it-out close contest Friday.
Larryn Brooks led the way for Central with 15 points, while Shadae Bosley also had a big game, finishing with 13 points on four-of-six shooting and five-of-six free throws, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
“I thought Shadae Bosley played really well. She’s had about four good games in a row for us offensively,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “She hit her free throws and had 10 rebounds and she did a good job in the post. She had a heck of a game.”
Ashton Feldhaus finished with six points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, Heather Hinkle had four points, Emily Fultz had three points and four rebounds and Aryn Singer had two points.
The Lady Flyers came into the game wanting to slow it down and control the pace of the game to limit Central’s fast-paced offense — and that gameplan worked.
The tactic limited the Lady Indians to only five first-quarter points while the Lady Flyers managed only three, and no one scored the final four minutes of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the pace picked up, but only slightly, and even though they struggled from the outside — only 30.4 percent shooting — the Lady Indians began to find Bosley and Feldhaus for some points down low and extended their lead to 20-15 at the half.
“They did an excellent job defensively. They would speed it up, slow it down and made it tough for us,” Cooksey said. “They executed their gameplan very well. They were really prepared.”
In the second half, the Lady Flyers kept the pressure, getting two quick baskets to cut the lead to one (20-19).
But as they did all night, the Lady Indians had an answer as a three by Larryn Brooks and two free throws by Bosley gave Central some breathing room at 25-19.
Two more Bosley free throws a minute later pushed the lead to 27-21 but Franklin once again cut the lead to two at 27-25 with 1:28 to go in the quarter.
This time it was Fultz who stepped up and hit a big three pointer to give the Lady Indians back the momentum and help them to keep their five-point lead at 32-27 at the end of the third quarter.
“Our bench gave us a big lift tonight,” Cooksey said. “Emily hit a huge three and really gave us a big boost.”
After the Lady Flyers pulled to within 32-29 to start the fourth quarter, Central scored five-straight points on a free throw and basket by Brooks and a basket by Bosley to take their biggest lead at 37-29.
Six consecutive free throws down the stretch by Hinkle and Brooks sealed the win.
Cooksey said it was pretty but it was a win.
“Give them credit. They did what they needed to do,” Cooksey said. “It wasn’t one of our best games, but it is one of those things. But it’s a win. When we needed a basket, somebody stepped up and hit a shot.”
Central will be back in action today when they travel to Berea to take on Madison Southern at 7:30 p.m.