Sweet Sixteen: Madison Central overpowers Wayne Co., 81-56

mfields@herald-leader.comMarch 6, 2013 

Dominique Hawkins was his usual understated stellar self, unaffected by the eyes of Kentucky Coach John Calipari sizing him up.

Ken-Jah Bosley rocked three-point goggles after hitting a half-court heave.

Jumping-jack Quan Taylor had three jams in his customary authoritative fashion.

All in all, it was a fun afternoon for Madison Central as it opened the 96th KHSAA Sweet Sixteen with an 81-56 wipeout of Wayne County in Rupp Arena on Wednesday.

It was what Indians Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. expected of his senior-stocked team, which has been through a gauntlet of tough competition.

"They've been through it," Feldhaus said, "and that's prepared us for this stage."

Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 senior who's lately drawn the attention of UK, hit 11 of 17 shots and had 25 points.

He said he didn't notice "Coach Cal" sitting at an end zone table so he had no reason to be nervous. "It's an honor for me to know he was here," Hawkins said afterward.

Bosley got everybody's attention when he hit a shot from just over half-court to beat the buzzer and give Madison Central a 43-23 halftime lead. "I was in disbelief because it was such a far shot," he said. "But at the same time, it did feel good when it left my hand."

Bosley, a 5-11 senior, finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Taylor, a 6-4 senior, had 13 points, including three dunks, and 15 rebounds.

His first attempt at a jam failed because he said he was fouled. That made him determined to flush his next try.

"I came back and got three more, so it's all good," he said with a smile.

Wayne County Coach Rodney Woods had nothing to smile about. His young lineup, including two freshmen and a sophomore, was overwhelmed.

"At halftime we were probably a little bit shell-shocked," Woods said. "We haven't been kicked around like that. We've been in every game right down to the end."

Woods pointed to Madison Central's 48-21 rebounding edge as decisive.

"They just hammered us on the boards. We never had an answer the whole night," he said. "We gave up 20 offensive rebounds. Most nights we give up maybe eight or 10. But those guys just kept coming."

Bosley's half-court shot was salt in the wound.

"That was not a good sign," Woods said. "It was like the old saying, 'If it can go wrong, it will.'"

Feldhaus thought his Indians' victory was built on defense. Madison Central (29-5) limited Wayne County, which was shooting 52 percent on the season, to just 41 percent.

"(Wayne County) is kind of a dangerous team because they can all put it on the floor and they can all shoot it," Feldhaus said. "But we did a good job cutting off the dribble penetration so we didn't have to help out and could cover the shooter."

Wayne County sophomore Peyton Woods, who led his team with 14 points, was impressed by the Indians' defense. "They denied the passing lanes like nobody we've seen all season," Woods said. "They were a lot bigger and stronger than us, and they ripped us on the boards pretty much."

Freshmen Corey Stearns and Trey Blevins had 10 apiece for Wayne County, which wrapped up an unexpected 27-8 season.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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