Despite a 66-53 loss to 11th Region rival Lafayette on Friday night in Richmond, the Lady Indians (7-10) still have a reason to celebrate.
Bailee Vanover is the newest member of the school’s 1,000-point club.
The senior point guard needed only 12 points to reach the milestone.
She reached that mark by the end of the third quarter and finished with a double-double — 20 points and 10 rebounds. The senior also had four steals. Vanover shot 70 percent from the field and was five-of-seven from the free throw line.
“I told her in the locker room tonight, that accomplishment is a testament to how hard she has worked. She’s been a really good player for us for four years,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said.
Vanover is expected to be honored at the Lady Indians’ next home game, which is scheduled for Jan. 31 against Harrison County.
After a long break — 11 days — the Lady Indians came out strong against the Generals.
A three-pointer from Madison Barnard gave Central an early lead.
The Lady Indians shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter, however, they would trail 18-15 at the end of the period.
In the second quarter, Lafayette went on a 9-0 run early. The Lady Indians had 13 turnovers in the half and in one possession gave up four offensive rebounds.
Lafayette had a 37-25 lead at halftime and pushed that advantage to as much as 18 points late in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Central managed to cut Lafayette’s lead to 58-50 on baskets from Je’Kauri McKeithen, Vanover and Logan Hudson.
However, Lafayette’s accuracy from the free-throw line would seal the win for the Generals, who shot an impressive 93.3 percent from the charity stripe.
“There is a reason why they are 16-5, they are a really good team,” Cooksey said of Lafayette. “We weren’t able to get it, we got it close, but not manageable for us to get the win. When it came down to fouling, they shot 14-of-15 from the foul line. You get a team like that and it’s gonna be hard to creep up on them when they are shooting that well.”
Cooksey said the team’s Achilles’ heel may have also come back to haunt them on Friday night.
“The three-point line hurt us. In the last four games, I think we are 5-of-56 from the three-point line,” Cooksey said.
The Lady Indians made just three of their 22 attempts from beyond the arc. The Generals hit 10 three-pointers .
Cooksey said the team got some good contributions from the bench from Eliza Minter, Lacie Parks and Hudson, but the Lady Indians still need another consistent scorer to step-up.
“We got two kids who are scoring well for us, we need a third kid to step in and help us. It doesn’t have to be 15 or 16 points each time, but we need someone. We need another consistent third scorer,” Cooksey said.
McKeithen finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds. Madison Barnard contributed six points, Blaze Pacheco had four points and Taleya Todd had three. Minter and Hudson each contributed two points.
Central is set to return to action at 10 a.m. today at East Jessamine.