The Indians certainly appear to be peaking at the right time.
Madison Central wrapped up an impressive final week of the regular season with another lopsided victory.
The Indians shot 55 percent from the field, got 36 points off their bench and had 13 players score as they blasted Covington Catholic, 76-51, Friday in Richmond.
Hunter Allen had a team-high 12 points and Dominique Hawkins added nine points as Central (18-9) cruised to a third-straight win.
“That was one of the best games we’ve played all year,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. That’s a pretty good team. Covington Catholic is one of the better teams in the 9th Region. I just liked the way we came out early. We had some fire.”
For the second straight game, Central jumped out to a big early lead.
On Tuesday, the Indians took a 27-point halftime lead on Shelby County and went to pick up a 92-49 win.
Against Covington Catholic, Central was sharp early once again.
The Indians had a 10-point lead after the first quarter (22-12) and went into halftime with a 40-21 advantage.
“I like our balance,” Feldhaus said. “I think we had 10 players score in the first half.”
Central shot 52 percent in the first half and turned 10 Covington Catholic turnovers in 15 points.
In the opening minutes of the third quarter, Allen hit a pair of three-pointers and added another basket. Eventually, the Indians would push their lead to 28 points (72-44).
“Practices have been good,” Feldhaus said. “The thing that I like is that they believe they have a chance (to win the 11th Region title) and that’s 90 percent of it. I think we are in the right frame of mind.”
After hitting 14 three-pointers against Shelby County, Central was eight-of-19 from three-point range against Covington Catholic.
John O’Bryan had nine points for Central, while Brenton Covington and Hunter Stocker each had eight points. Jared Pyatt added seven points, Ken-Jah Bosley had six points, Quan Taylor and Kyle Congleton each had four points, Ben Fisher and Daniel Parke each had three points, Nick Ford had two points and George Walker added a point.
Taylor had seven rebounds.
Central is set to return to action Monday against Berea Community at McBrayer Arena in the opening round of the 44th District Tournament.
“We’ve come a long way,” Feldhaus said. “They just believe in each other.”