By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Lady Indians stormed back from a big early deficit to pick up a hard-fought win Thursday on the road.
Madison Central trailed by 14 points in the first quarter but rallied for a 49-46 overtime victory over Clay County. Larryn Brooks had 23 points and five assists and Ashton Feldhaus had eight points and six rebounds as the No. 4 Lady Indians (20-3) won their fifth-straight game.
“We showed a lot of composure,” Central coach Robbie Cooksey said. “We got out-rebounded. They shot it better than us. And we still got the win. In the second half we really dug our heels in.”
Central was out-rebounded 35-22 and shot just 35 percent and hit only eight-of-14 free throws. Clay County shot 46 percent from the field.
The Lady Indians trailed 20-9 after the first quarter rallied to tie the game at halftime (26-26).
Brooks had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but couldn’t get off a good shot.
The senior, however, came up big in overtime. With Clay County up by one point, Brooks hit two free throws, then came up with a steal and a layup that gave Central a three-point lead with 14 seconds left.
Brooks was seven-of-14 from the field and was four-of-five from three-point range.
Heather Hinkle hit a pair of big three pointers and finished with six points, two steals and one rebound. Bailey O’Bryan had four points and three steals and Shadae Bosley had eight points and 12 rebounds, five of which were offensive. She also added two steals and a block.
“She was a difference maker tonight,” Cooksey said of Bosley. “She really, really got after it.”
Central is set to return to action Saturday at Paul Blazer.