11TH REGION GIRLS: Douglass powers past Central in semifinals

Mar. 8—LEXINGTON — Matched up against an opponent with a much bigger line-up, the Lady Indians (19-12) battled and were able to hold their own.

At least for a while.

Madison Central went into halftime of the 11th Region Tournament semifinals on Thursday trailed by just seven points (24-17).

Frederick Douglass (23-10), however, was able to take control when the teams returned to the court.

The Lady Broncos pulled away in the second half to claim a 66-40 win at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Douglass out-scored the Lady Indians 23-10 in the third quarter and went on to build a 28-point lead.

Nataya Strader had 10 points and five rebounds for Central, while Cameryn Ridderikhoff had 10 points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists.

Douglass had three players in double figures, led by Amya Maxwell (20 points). Ayanna-Sarai Darrington had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lady Broncos will face Franklin County (28-6) on Saturday in the 11th Region title game.

Douglass dominated Central on the interior.

The Lady Broncos out-rebounded the Lady Indians, 43-28 (including a 23-10 advantage in the second half), had 42 points in the paint and 16 second-chance points (on 12 offensive rebounds).

Central senior Eden Carter had nine points and four rebounds. Jordynn Miles had five points. Brooke Campbell had three points and six rebounds, while Brittany Campbell had three points and two rebounds.

The Lady Indians shot just 25.5 percent from the field (3-of-24) from three-point range and hit 9-of-18 free throw attempts.

Central was able to force 18 turnovers, but got only 14 points off those miscues.

Douglass shot 54.7 percent from the field, including 6-of-14 from three-point range.

The Lady Broncos won the only regular-season meeting between the schools, picking up a 63-43 win in Lexington. That game, Douglass also out-rebounded Central, 34-22.