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Floyd slays Lady Dragons, 48-45


February 08, 2012
With sophomore Brooke Hinton leading the charge, the Floyd Central Lady Highlanders became dragon-slayers Thursday night as they battled to a 48-45 win just days before sectional play. It was an important win for the Lady Highlanders, who were to meet the host school in the Seymour Sectional last night (Tuesday).

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Floyd Central’s Abbie Engle, left, Katie Kaiser (4) and Tori Kingsley all collapse on Silver Creek’s Kelsi Scott after she grabbed a rebound in the first half. The Lady Highlanders came away with a 48-45 win. Photo by Wade Bell
"Anytime you can win in this last week, it's a big deal," Floyd Central coach Kirk Hamsley said. "You want to get some momentum going into the sectional."

It was evident at the beginning of the game that players from both sides would feel some bruising by the game's end, with nobody wanting to give any ground. Floyd Central took the initial lead, but the Lady Dragons used a 7-0 run for a 9-4 edge. Silver Creek stayed on top to end the period but by only a point, 11-10.

The Lady Dragons controlled through the second period but by no more than four points at anytime. Freshman Kelsi Scott put Silver Creek out in front 20-16 with a deuce-and-one. Tori Kingsley came in big in the last minute of the half with a pair of deuces to pull Floyd Central to within one, 21-20, at the break.

"Tori did a heck of a job," Hamsley said. "It's nice to have two post kids that can play and rest those guys. She's been getting better at rebounding and on defense as the season's went."

Floyd Central ramped up its attack in the third period as Silver Creek missed its first six shots.

Hinton and Kelsey Mayfield briefly gave Floyd Central a 26-23 edge, but Alex Tinsley got a deuce-and-one to tie. At that point, the Lady Highlanders put up a 7-0 burst to lead 33-26. Silver Creek scored inside, but Floyd Central pushed its advantage back to seven by the end of the period.

Floyd Central extended its lead to eight early in the fourth period, but Silver Creek wasn't out of the fight, using a 6-2 burst to pull to within four, 44-40, with 2:09 to go.

Riley Kaiser scored inside and Hinton got two freebies to push Floyd Central's lead back to eight. Mandi Martin hit a three and later a deuce for the Lady Dragons that closed the gap to three with less than 30 seconds to go.

Silver Creek had two chances to score from both inside and outside the arc but failed as Floyd Central got the 48-45 win.

"It was ugly," Hamsley admitted. "We played Columbus East Tuesday night in overtime, and that took our legs away. We wanted to press them tonight, and we couldn't do it. We didn't have the energy. It was senior night, and that was another distraction. I thought in the second quarter we started settling down. I was happy to be down only one at half, because the way we played, we played lousy."

Hinton led the Lady Highlanders with 17 points. Floyd Central didn't have the best of shooting nights, hitting just 19 of 51 field goals (37 percent). The Lady Highlanders, however, connected on 9 of 12 free throws but had 14 turnovers.

Martin led Silver Creek (16-4) with 19 points. The Lady Dragons connected on 15 of 48 shots from the field (31 percent) and 12 of 18 free throws. The Lady Dragons had 19 turnovers.

Floyd Central played without freshman starter Maddison Kaiser, who was out with an ankle injury.

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