Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:14 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2013 12:31 PM
In a battle between two of the state's top teams, No. 4 Madison Central knocked off eighth ranked Henry Clay 78-63 in an 11th Region showdown.
Dominique Hawkins led the Indians with 26 points, scoring 10 in the deciding final quarter, and Quan Taylor dominated the boards, yanking down 24 rebounds. The 6-foot-4 senior forward also blocked four shots and finished with 14 points. Hawkins helped out on the boards with 10 rebounds, and Ken-Jah Bosley lit up the scoreboard with 20 points.
Madison Central locked Henry Clay's explosive offense down, forcing 14 turnovers and holding the Blue Devils to 37 percent shooting from the field. Henry Clay also had a miserable night at the charity stripe, going 19-for-35 from the free throw line.
Christen Cunningham led the Blue Devils with 22 points. Jordan Green finished with 18.
Indian coach Allen Feldhaus told the Richmond Register he thought his team made a statement.
"Oh yeah, I think we definitely (sent a message)," Taylor told the paper. "I'm just ready to kick some butt in the 11th Region."
The win improved Madison Central to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in the region. The Indians have won 10 straight since losing 88-86 to No. 3 Ballard.
Henry Clay dropped 18-5.