The Indians got the kind of performances they expected from their most experienced varsity players in Tuesday's season opener.
Juniors Braeden Ray and Kole Browne combined to scored 49 points and collect 10 rebounds against Pulaski County.
It was the contributions, however, of some younger players that made a big difference in a 76-69 win in Richmond.
"Every single person who played gave us positive minutes," Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus said.
The Indians shot 51 percent from the field, including 64 percent in the second half, and had 10 players record either a point, assist or rebound.
Sophomore Will Hardin and junior Luke Coleman had seven points each, while junior Taishon Chenault and senior Williams Jacobs added four points each.
"I thought the effort was really, really good," Feldhaus said. "We have options. In the first half, I played 10 people. Last year, there were many games where I only played five. I didn't have options."
Browne and Ray are the only players on the Central roster with significant experience at the varsity level.
They took control against Pulaski County.
The duo combined to score Central's first 21 points.
"Braeden and Kole. They are supposed to lead us," Feldhaus said.
Browne got hot early.
The junior had eight points in the first quarter. He connected on his first three three-point attempts and at halftime had 16 points.
Central took a 29-19 lead into the break.
"He's streaky like that," Feldhaus said of Browne. "The key with him is just to slow down. That's what we preach to all our kids."
Ray took over in the second half.
He scored 16 points in the third quarter as Central pushed out to a 13-point lead.
"He got good shots in the first half. He was getting to the rim and rushing instead of coming to a jump-stop," Feldhaus said of Ray. "Braeden has gotten so much stronger. He was primary a three-point shooter last year."
Ray was 8-of-16 from the field (0-of-1 from three-point range) and 9-of-15 at the free throw line for 25 points.
Browne was 8-of-10 from the field (3-of-4 from three-point range) and 5-of-7 from the line for 24 points.
The rest of the Indians were 8-of-21 shooting.
The Maroons got back within six points in the fourth quarter, but Hardin had a big basket and also hit two free throws. Chenault hit two free throws. Jacobs had a field goal and Coleman had three points in the closing minutes.
Central is set to return to action Friday at home against Lafayette.
"It's going to be a process, but that's a good win for us," Feldhaus said.