Madison Central’s zone defense didn’t seem to trouble West Jessamine.

Not at all.

The Colts hit six first-half three-pointers and, after building a 20-point halftime lead, cruised to a 72-61 win over the Indians (2-6) Friday in Richmond. West Jessamine (1-3) shot 60 percent from the field, had 16 assists, had just eight turnovers and had four players reach double figures.

“That’s the way to play them,” Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “Other teams have had success playing a zone (against them). I know we don’t play it much, but we came out and acted like because we were playing a zone that we didn’t have to work as hard. We’ve got to work harder if we are going to play zone defense. That was the difference in the game. We just came out not ready to play.”

The Colts hit four three-pointers in the first quarter, including three by Kyle Mefford, and quickly took an eight-point lead.

West Jessamine opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run and pushed its lead to 20 points mid-way though the period.

Central did not have a field goal in the second quarter. The only offense the Indians could generate was seven free throws by center Nick Ford.

“We just didn’t come ready to play,” Feldhaus said. “We didn’t have any energy.”

Central shot just 23 percent in the first half, while West Jessamine was 16-of-24 (67 percent) from the field.

Ford had 11 points at halftime and finished with a game-high 19 points. The junior connected on 11-of-12 free throws and had a game-best 11 rebounds.

“He battles,” Feldhaus said of Ford. “Bless his heart. We are so limited at the post and if we sub for him we have to go with a freshman or a sophomore or someone who doesn’t have much experience. He’s working hard. He’s getting a double-double every game.”

Central out-scored West Jessamine, 42-33, in the second half and out-rebounded the Colts, 30-24. Still, the Indians were never able to get closer than 11 points in the final two quarters.

“We are still just really searching defensively,” Feldhaus said.

Brenton Covington had 12 points and five rebounds, Dominique Hawkins had 13 points and Jared Pyatt finished with 11 points.

Led by Ford, Central did hit 23-of-28 free-throw attempts. Hawkins was eight-of-eight from the line.

“The last two games we’ve hit our free throws a lot better,” Feldhaus said.

Mefford and Dylan Pohl had 14 points each for West Jessamine, while David Elliott had 12 points and Keston Bartholomew had 11 points off the bench.

Central is set to return to action at 7:30 p.m. Sunday against Holy Cross (Louisville) at the Battle of the Bluegrass in Frankfort.

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