After winning three-straight road games, the Madison Central girl’s basketball team (10-11) returned home Wednesday to face Harrison County (18-4).

After a decent first half, things began to fall apart for Central.

Harrison County blew past the Lady Indians and picked up a 60-47 victory.

The Lady Indians came out strong in the first quarter, making a statement with their first basket of the night when Blaze Pacheco drained a three-pointer.

Je’Kauri McKeithen worked the inside to get two baskets of her own while Bailee Vanover and Taleya Todd worked the outside.

The Lady Indians would go into the second quarter with a three-point lead, 13-10.

Early in the second quarter, Todd hit back-to-back three-pointers.

However, Harrison County put together an 8-0 run highlighted by jumpers from Sydney Morris and Kendall Box.

With two minutes left before the half, the Fillies took the lead, 21-19, on a three-pointer from Katelin Ecklar.

In the second half, Harrison County continued its hot shooting, while Central scrambled to stay in the game.

Without Pacheco, who did not return after suffering an injury in the first half, the Lady Indians started to fade.

At the start of the fourth quarter, they faced a 12-point deficit, 45-33.

Another 9-0 run propelled Harrison County to its  largest lead, 58-39, until a quick steal by Vanover who found McKeithen under the basket interrupted Harrison County’s momentum.

But it wasn’t enough for the Lady Indians to recover.

The Fillies shot 51.1 percent from the field, including 60 percent in the second half, and shot 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Central only connected 18 of their 53 attempts from the field and shot 53.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The Lady Indians were also out-rebounded by the Filllies, 36-27.

McKeithen finished with a double-double, 14 points and 15 rebounds. Todd finished up with 10 points, Vanover had eight points, Lacie Parks had six and Kelsey Powell had four points. Pacheco contributed three points and Madison Barnard had two.

Vanover was honored before Wednesday’s game for scoring her 1,000th point, which she accomplished during Central’s loss to Lafeyette on Jan. 19.

The Lady Indians are back on the road Saturday when they face Collins at 1:30 p.m.

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