RICHMOND — For the first time in school history, Madison Central's girls upstaged the boys in basketball.
After Madison Central upset Tates Creek in the boys' 11th Region semifinals Saturday afternoon in EKU's McBrayer Arena, the Lady Indians cut down the nets after knocking off Scott County 85-72 to win their first-ever region title Saturday night.
Madison Central will play 12th Region champ Rockcastle County in the Sweet Sixteen on Thursday in Bowling Green.
"It's an unbelievable feeling that words can't describe," Coach Robbie Cooksey said as he watched his players celebrate. "When I took this job three years ago, a lot of naysayers said it couldn't be done. We proved a lot of people wrong tonight."
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No. 22 Madison Central did it in impressive fashion, outrunning the run-happy No. 15 Lady Cards.
Scott County Coach Steve Helton conceded that "Madison Central was the hungrier team. We never did match their intensity."
Leading the Lady Indians was sophomore point guard Larryn Brooks, who ran the show with extraordinary poise. She had 31 points, seven assists, four rebounds and only two turnovers while going the full 32 minutes.
"What can you say about a sophomore who can do that against all that pressure," Cooksey said.
Helton's take on MVP Brooks: "We didn't guard her the whole night. We had trouble all season stopping the dribble drive."
Madison Central also got clutch play from senior Jenna Cornelison, junior Kristen Congleton and sophomore Ashton Feldhaus.
Cornelison had 21 points, including a three to end the first half and a three to start the second half to keep her team's momentum going. She also hit 11 of 13 free throws.
"This means the world to me," a tearful Cornelison said. "It's a dream come true."
Congleton had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and negated the inside presence of Scott County's Alex McKenzie.
Feldhaus, whose dad, Allen, coaches Madison Central's boys, contributed 14 points, half of them coming in a 90-second span in the third quarter when the Lady Indians pushed their lead to 15.
"It's amazing," Feldhaus said. "Now I know that feeling Dad got when he won this afternoon."
Can Ashton claim family bragging rights?
"Yes sir, at least for a day," she said with a laugh.
Scott County's trademark pressure defense never rattled Madison Central, which had only six turnovers. The Lady Indians shot well, hitting 24 of 51 (47 percent), including six of 13 threes. They cashed 31 of 44 free throws.
Scott County star Kristen Stainback, who has signed with Austin Peay, closed her career with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists.
"Hats off to Madison Central," Helton said. "They played harder than we did. This hurts really bad, but the good Lord willing, the sun will rise tomorrow and we'll learn from this."