RICHMOND — Madison Central has the best scoring backcourt in the state in Dominique Hawkins and Ken-Jah Bosley.
They strutted their stuff in helping the No. 6 Indians to a 78-63 victory over No. 4 Henry Clay on Tuesday night, with Hawkins getting 26 points and Bosley 20.
But Madison Central's senior guards weren't the big story in their team's 10th win in a row. Quan Taylor was the Indians' headline-maker.
The 6-foot-4 senior jumping jack had 24 rebounds — 13 on the offensive boards — to go with 14 points and four blocked shots.
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"That's unbelievable," Hawkins said of his rebound-crazy teammate. "He just worked 110 percent out there and we loved it."
Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. was equally impressed.
"I thought Quan dominated the whole game with his effort. He's a freak of nature athletically."
Taylor, who kiddingly said he had his Wheaties for breakfast, was a little miffed at halftime because he had missed nine of 10 shots.
"But they told me I had 11 rebounds and to keep attacking the offensive boards, and keep putting up my shots," he said.
Taylor had five field goals in the second half, including a couple of dunks that came off nifty passes from Hawkins, who had eight assists and 10 rebounds to round out his superb performance.
Feldhaus also credited his role players — DeMarcus George (six points, three rebounds), Hunter Stocker (seven points, four rebounds) and Daniel Parke (five points, two assists).
"DeMarcus gave us a lift when we got in foul trouble. Stocker knocked down some shots. And Daniel just played hard. Those guys did their jobs, and everybody played good, hard defense."
Henry Clay stayed close until Madison Central started pulling away early in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Devils probably would've been in the hunt until the end if they had hit their free throws. They were 4-for-12 in the first half, and finished the night 19-for-35.
Henry Clay also lost the rebounding battle, 46-40, to the smaller Indians.
Henry Clay Coach Daniel Brown, like everybody else, was wowed by Taylor's work on the boards.
"He wanted it a little more than us. That's probably one of the best games of the year with that type of double-double — 24 rebounds."
Christen Cunningham led the Devils with 22 points, including 13-for-15 on free throws. He also had six rebounds and four assists.
Jordan Green had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Trey Grundy added 11 points and seven rebounds.
"It was a closer game than the score. Things got out of hand there at the end," Brown said. "That's the way it goes sometimes when two top 10 teams get together."
The schedule doesn't lighten up for either team. They both have a date this week with No. 2 and defending state champ Trinity.
Madison Central visits the Shamrocks in Louisville on Friday night. Henry Clay plays them in the Jock Sutherland Classic at Lafayette on Saturday night.
Madison Central 78, Henry Clay 63
HENRY CLAY (18-5) — Green 18, Grundy 11, Cunningham 22, Ware 3, Tisdale 4, Tichenor 4, Alford 1.
MADISON CENTRAL (18-3) — Hawkins 26, Bosley 20, Taylor 14, Stocker 7, Parke 5, George 6.
Henry Clay 15 12 18 18—63
Madison Central 17 12 19 30—78