Last year’s lopsided loss to Clark County might not have been a big motivating factor for the Lady Indians when they took the court Monday, but they still made sure things turned out much differently this time around.

Madison Central cranked up the defensive pressure and despite committing 25 turnovers picked up an impressive 46-33 win over the Lady Cardinals in Richmond. Iesha Farris had a team-high 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Christina Ciolek added eight points and seven rebounds for the Lady Indians, who improved to 11-8 on the season with a third straight win.

Clark County shot just 28 percent and was dominated on the boards, 38-23.

“I don’t know if they remember it or not,” Central coach Guy Gandolfo said of last year’s game. “I mentioned it to them after the game and I’m sure that some of them did remember it. They don’t look back much on the past. We are always looking ahead.”

The Lady Indians had won nine straight when they headed to Winchester last January for a showdown with the Lady Cardinals. But, Clark County ended that wining streak with a very humbling 61-32 victory — Central’s most lopsided loss of the season.

The rematch, which ironically was played almost exactly one year later, turned out to be much different.

The Lady Indians scored 11 of the first 13 points of the game and limited Clark County to just two first-quarter points. Central went into the half with a 10-point lead (20-10) after limiting the Lady Cardinals to just four first-half field goals.

Clark County shot just 25 percent from the field in the first half, had 16 turnovers and was two-of-seven from the free throw line.

“I just thought they all stepped up and played very good defensively,” Gandolfo said.

The Lady Cardinals made several second-half runs, but were never able to get any closer than three points. Clark County slashed the lead to 25-22 late in the third before Central finished the quarter on a 9-2 run. Farris hit a pair of free throws, added another basket, then delivered a long three pointer just before the buzzer that put the Lady Indians back up by 10 points (34-24).

The sophomore guard had the ball well beyond the three-point line and did not appear to realize how much time was left on the clock. But, she calmly and confidently launched a shot that would provide Central some added momentum heading into the final quarter.

“I’ll take those shots any day,” Gandolfo said.

The Lady Indians once again got very balanced scoring as seven players recorded at least a point. Jenna Cornelison and Brislyn Sizemore had eight points each, Kayla Sharp had four points and Markita Wilson and Breanna Johnson each had two points. Farris hit Central’s only two three pointers of the game, but also had 10 turnovers.

Central was just two-of-seven from three-point range and only shot 43 percent (17-of-39).

Jewel Rogers had a team-high 13 points for Clark County, while senior center Whitney Mont-gomery was limited to three points on one-of-10 shooting.

“Defense won the game for us tonight,” Gandolfo said. “We didn’t look sharp on offense, but we made some big plays. They cut it down to three and Christina Ciolek came up with some big steals and we did a good job blocking out.”

Central returns to action Friday at Lafayette.

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