After a quick look at the final statistics from Friday’s very disappointing loss to Bryan Station, Madison Central coach Robbie Cooksey didn’t really have all that much to say.
“(Shooting) less than 25 percent and turning it over 23 times, you are not going to win any game.”
The Lady Indians hit just 15-of-61 field goal attempts, including three-of-23 from three-point range, and were handed a 58-48 loss at home by Station. Central was down 16 points at halftime (35-19) and trailed by 21 points on several occasions.
The Lady Indians were able to get back within nine points four times in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.
“Give Bryan Station credit. Their defense was good,” Cooksey said. “In the first half, our defense was non-exsistant. We were content to let them drive to the basket. They killed us in transition. They got layup after layup in the first half.”
The first half was a disaster for the defending 11th Region champs.
Station jumped out to a 11-2 lead and never trailed. By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Defenders had a 17-6 advantage.
Playing without junior forward Ashton Feldhaus, Central never found any kind of offensive rhythm.
The Lady Indians shot just 14 percent from the field (four-of-29) in the first half, including one-of-13 from three-point range.
Feldhaus averaged 12.5 points and four rebounds last season. She is expected to be back in the lineup Monday when Central takes on North Laurel at home.
“Obviously, she’s going to help us offensively,” Cooksey said. “But, there’s going to be nights where other kids are not going to be able to play and we’ve got to step up and make plays.”
Junior guard Larryn Brooks had another solid offensive performance. After scoring 16 points in Monday’s season-opening win over Clark County, Brooks had 22 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Senior center Kristin Congleton had nine points and 15 rebounds and Chrystal Miller had nine points and six rebounds. Ashley and Heather Hinkle each had three points and Aleia Minter had two points.
“I thought we showed a little more effort in the second half, but it wasn’t enough,” Cooksey said. “We have got a long way to go.”
Serena Sandusky had a team-high 19 points for Bryan Station. Victoria McCoy had 13 points and Lakeysha Stennis added 12 points.
The Lady Defenders shot just 37 percent and had 20 turnovers.