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Lady Highlanders crush S. Central by 40


January 25, 2012
The Floyd Central Lady Highlanders used their steamrolling defense to squash visiting South Central, 76-36, last Tuesday night. With the exception of one quarter, it was a dominating night for the Lady Highlanders.

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Floyd Central’s Kelsey Mayfield puts some heat on South Central’s Samantha Turner in the first quarter of the Lady Highlanders’ 76-36 win. Photo by Wade Bell
"The best thing was we came back in that second half and we picked it up and played hard," Floyd Central coach Kirk Hamsley said. "They responded. That was the best thing. They wanted to get out there and prove they were better than what they showed in the first half."

Floyd Central raced to an 18-4 lead, getting eight baskets in the paint. Haley Shaffer got a deuce-and-one for the Lady Rebels at the end of the quarter and Floyd Central's lead had shrunk to 11. That began a 10-2 run into the second quarter as South Central closed the gap to six, 20-14.

Kelsey Mayfield created her own 6-1 burst for the Lady Highlanders with three quick buckets for a 26-15 lead, but Kelsey Miller immediately responded with a South Central three-ball, keeping Floyd Central's advantage to single digits.

The Lady Highlanders finished the half with a 6-2 run and took a 32-20 advantage to the locker room at halftime.

Hamsley wasn't pleased with his team's second-quarter performance.

"We got a little passive and complacent with ourselves," he said. "That second quarter we got happy with what we had done, so we kind of backed off. So, at halftime, we had a discussion about playing hard, and I thought we came back out and played hard in the third quarter."

The game was called tightly by officials, and both coaches said that played to their favor.

"It did make a difference," Hamsley said. "It was called tighter, and I thought that helped us tonight more than it helped them, because I thought there was some fouls early on them that got their kids in foul trouble. Their big kid got in foul trouble, and she was in foul trouble all night and fouled out in the third quarter."

"That was to our advantage," South Central coach Randall Schoen said. "We had talked before they would get physical with us and try to knock us off our heels. That was about as tight of game as I've seen called at Floyd Central, but that was to our advantage. That helped out a lot."

South Central's Samantha Turner scored the first point of the second half, closing the gap back to 11 at 32-21. At that point, however, the Lady Highlanders began their takeover with an 11-1 run to lead 42-22.

Floyd Central outscored the Lady Rebels 29-9 in the fourth quarter and cruised to the 76-36 win.

"We really picked it up in the middle of third quarter and went on like that, but we should have played like that the whole time," Hamsley said. "That was our concern at the half, just playing hard."

Mayfield led Floyd Central (8-8) with 18 points, and Niki Bruno followed with 15. Riley Kaiser came off the bench for 12 points for the Lady Highlanders, who connected on 31 of 77 shots (40 percent) and 14 of 19 free throws. The Lady Highlanders finished with 13 turnovers.

Miller led South Central (3-11) with 16 points. The Lady Rebels hit 11 of 30 shots (37 percent) and struggled from the charity stripe, sinking just 9 of 26. South Central committed 37 turnovers.

Hamsley said he feels good about his team … at times.

"Depends on the time of day," he said. "They're a great group of kids. They're fun to be around, and they do what you ask. Our maturity for basketball, we do immature things. We need to grow up."

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