The Lady Indians (17-13) coming off a district championship faces a foe they are familiar with in the opening round of the 11th region as they play the Lady Generals of Lafayette (24-9). They matched up in Richmond back in January 19th with Lafayette winning 66-53. In that game the Indians committed 8 turnovers in the first quarter and trailed by 12 at the half. The third quarter saw Lafayette go up by as many as 18 but the Indians fought back and got within 7 at 58-51, the difference in the game was three point shooting as the Generals hit 10 three pointers and the Indians knocked down only three. That will be a huge task tonight in not allowing any open looks from behind the arc.
The game started with Lafayette knocking down a three pointer and running out to a 15-0 lead. Indians can’t get on the scoreboard until the 2:08 mark and it was a couple of free throws by Madison Barnard. A three from Caroline Bennett made it 18-2 and the Generals end the first quarter on a 11-0 run and had a 24-2 lead. Indians score the first six points behind Je’Kauri McKeithen 4 points. Once again Bennett hits a three pointer to stop the mini run. At the half Lafayette led 36-15. Indians shot only 5-27 (18%) with 11 turnovers. Lafayette turned those turnovers into 13 points. Madison Barnard led the scoring for Central with 7 points.
Second half Bailee Vanover started with a trey and a basket cutting the lead to 36-20. Another three from Barnard made it 38-23. Once again Bennett answers with a three pointer. Indians outscore Generals 17-13 and the lead is 17. Indians get as close 13 but the opening quarter was too much to come back from. Indians fall 68-48. Indians end the game shooting 27%, and had 18 turnovers.
In her final game as a Lady Indian Bailee Vanover knocked down her final shot and finished with 14 points. She also had 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Madison Barnard with 11 points, Taleya Todd 10 points and 5 rebounds. Logan Hudson with 6 points off the bench and 3 rebounds. Lacie Parks 5 points, and Blaze Pacheco with 2. Indians lose three seniors but return a lot of experience and in a district with a lot of youth they may the front runner for the championship.