The Lady Indians needed a spark.
And that’s when Bailey O’Bryan came off the bench Wednesday to deliver some much-needed momentum.
The sophomore guard scored seven first-quarter points as Madison Central shook out of an early funk and rolled to a 61-50 win over Dixie Heights in Covington. O’Bryan finished with 10 points (two-of-two from three-point range), four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes of action.
“We were a little sluggish,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “Bailey came in and gave us a big lift off the bench.”
The win was the third straight for Central (9-3).
Dixie Heights tied the game just before the end of the first quarter (12-12) on a long three-pointer.
From that point on, the Lady Indians were in control.
Central outscored the Lady Colonels 21-10 in the second quarter. The Lady Indians would go on to push the lead to as much as 18 points in the second half.
Dixie Heights was able to get back within 11 points on a couple of occasions, but couldn’t get any closer.
“We never really could get over the hump (and put them away),” Cooksey said.
Central’s pressure forced 31 turnovers. The Lady Indians were also 16-of-22 from the free throw line.
Larry Brooks led Central with 20 points. She also added three rebounds and six steals.
Ashton Feldhaus finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists, Kristin Congleton had six points and 11 rebounds, Chrystal Miller had four points and three rebounds and Aleia Minter had one point.
Central is set to return to action Friday at home against Montgomery County.