Madison Central made if look easy in the first round of the Gateway Holiday Classic.
The Indians jumped out to a 15-0 lead and routed Campbell County 84-51 on Wednesday at Montgomery County High School.
Central (10-0) had its way on offense, scoring uncontested dunks and layups and converting steals and turnovers into easy fast-break points.
“The pressure hurt them,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “That’s one thing about this team. We always seem to come out on fire. Pressing probably helped our intensity and I think they were kind of intimidated. When you create turnovers you get lots of fast breaks and we were finishing. We got on a roll in the first quarter.”
Hunter Allen scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as the Indians went up 22-5 after one quarter and 47-18 at halftime.
Central was 21-of-39 (53.8 percent) from the field in the first half and held Campbell County to six-of-29 (20.7 percent) shooting in the half.
Dominique Hawkins added 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kyle Congleton chipped in 13 points and had seven rebounds and Quan Taylor finished with 12 points.
Central was off and running from the get-go.
In the opening seconds, Hawkins used quick hands to deflect a pass and was off to the races, dunking the ball to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
Taylor stole the ball on the next Campbell County possession, sinking a jumper for a 4-0 lead.
The Indians also scored off the glass, getting offensive rebound buckets from Ken-Jah Bosley and Hawkins to make it 8-0.
Hawkins started a break, spotting Allen for a three pointer, Hawkins grabbed another steal and dunked the ball and Allen found Hunter Stocker wide open under the basket for a deuce and a 15-0 lead.
“I feel like we were working harder than them and forcing them into turnovers and it led to easy buckets,” said Hawkins, who was seven-of-nine from the field. “Most of our shots were layups and in the post.”
Campbell County (6-4) tried to come back in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 25-12.
Central responded by outscoring the Camels 22-6 the rest of the quarter.
By halftime Hawkins had 13 points, Taylor had 10 and Allen had nine points.
Allen scored 11 of his team’s 19 points in the third quarter, as the Indians went up 66-36 heading into the final period.
“We moved faster than they did and we had five guys crashing the boards,” Allen said. “If they missed a shot, we were already down the court by the time we got the rebound. We got out quicker than they did. We just got into position, made sure we were inside of them and didn’t let them get to the bucket.”
Central outscored Campbell County 18-15 in the fourth period and finished the game 38-of-68 (55.9 percent) from the field.
It was the sixth time Central has hit the 80-point mark this season and ninth time the Indians have won by double digits.
“It’s been very similar to other games,” Feldhaus said of the early lead against Campbell County. “We build a big lead in the first half. We have had some trouble finishing people off. We didn’t do that tonight. They were focused the whole game.”
Hawkins and Allen averaged more than a point a minute.
Hawkins scored 15 points in less than 14 minutes of action and Allen had 20 points in less than 18 minutes.
Bosley, Stocker, Daniel Parke, Chris Conner and Sam Jones all scored four points for Central. John O’Bryan and DeMarcus George each scored two points.
The Indians advance to the semifinals to face Bryan Station today at 5:30 p.m.
Bryan Station (3-8) beat Louisville Male 52-33.