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Madison Central’s Ashton Feldhaus puts up a shot over a North Laurel player during a 73-43 win Monday in Richmond.

The defending 11th Region champs busted out of an early-season offensive slump and cruised to an easy win over North Laurel Monday in Richmond.

Junior point guard Larryn Brooks had a game-high 20 points, nine assists, seven steals and five rebounds as Madison Central (2-1) shot 62 percent from the field and picked up a 73-43 win.

Ashton Feldhaus had 17 points and Chrystal Miller added 15 points off the bench.

“All in all, everyone played well,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “It was a good night.”

After averaging just 45 points through the first two games of the season, the Lady Indians raced out to a 39-13 halftime lead and were never really challenged.

Central held North Laurel to just 34 percent shooting and forced 26 turnovers, which turned into 32 points.

In a loss Friday at home to Bryan Station, the Lady Indians shot 25 percent and were three-of-23 from three-point range.

Against North Laurel, Central attempted only six three pointers, hitting three of them.

“We did more of what we wanted to do,” Cooksey said. “We’ve got good shooters, but we don’t have to shoot that many threes.”

Central’s offense got a big boost with the return of Feldhaus. The junior forward sat out the first two games.

In her return to the lineup, she hit seven-of-15 shots, including two-of-five from three-point range and had three rebounds.

“She’s a really part (of our offense),” Brooks said. “We really need her. She stepped up and hit a lot of shots.”

Staring guard Ashley Hinkle missed the game because of an illness.

Miller provided a spark off the bench, hitting six-of-seven shots while bring down four rebounds and dishing out two assists.

“I thought Chrystal played a heck of a game,” Cooksey said.

Heather Hinkle had seven points, Kristin Congleton had six points, Aleia Minter and Katlyn Forish had three points each and Bailey O’Bryan had two points.

Central is set to return to action Saturday at home against Marion County.

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