In Feb. 3 Issue
The Madison Central Indians traveled to Russell County Friday night and picked up a big win over the 12-7 Laker basketball team, ending the streak of consecutive home games won by the Lakers at 20.
The Indians went on a 16-7 run in the first quarter and the Lakers never could recover. Both teams finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field but Russell County gave the ball up 15 times and the Indians had 10 steals to help knock off the Lakers.
Madison Central, coach by Allen Feldhaus Jr., also played 11 players on the night to Russell County's seven and seemingly did not lose any productivity when the subs checked in.
"They were pretty physical," Laker coach Willie Feldhaus said of the interchangeable Indians.
"They are kids that had a lot of strength and quickness."
Feldhaus said the full-court defensive pressure also hounded the Lakers for much of the night as frontcourt players Barton Mann and Nick Coffey had to try and handle the ball in the backcourt as the Lakers tried to beat the press. Russell County even came within six points late in the game but the Indians proved too much for Russell County on this night.
Sophomore Tyler Robertson finished the game with 28 points on 10-17 shooting and junior Blake Aaron added 14 points on the night.
Eighth grader Nick Coffey also finished with 11 points and seven rebounds while sophomore Barton Mann tallied six points and five rebounds. Senior Logan Smith also came off the bench to score two points. The Indians were led in scoring by Dominique Hawkins with 18 points.
"We're young and we're getting better," Feldhaus said. "We do continue to battle."
Feldhaus said the key to getting his team to where it needed to be was to limit the opposition's first quarter scoring.
If the Lakers could stop teams from jumping out to big leads, they would be in more ballgames at the end, he said.