It was business as usual for Central High School boys' basketball Monday night. Taking on Lincoln County, the Red Raiders took the lead from the first quarter for a 55-35 victory and to finish the month of January without a loss.
"We're extremely proud of them, kept the momemtum going," Coach Micah Williams said afterward. "Lincoln County's a really good team and they were averaging about 60 points a game within the district and we held them to 35."
Williams's stated goal for the team defensively is to hold opponents to no more than 45 points a game. He credited team communication with helping to accomplish this against the Falcons.
"To be a good defensive team we talk every day in practice," Williams explained. "If you want to be really good, be a great defensive team you've gotta talk and help each other out and I thought we did a pretty good job of that today."
CHS opened the game on an 8-0 run before Lincoln County got its first shot off. The Raiders continued to push ahead, taking an 18-10 lead at the close of the first quarter.
Starting with a three-pointer from Darius Rozier, CHS continued to push ahead in the second quarter. The Falcons followed, but couldn't climb back completely as the Raiders took a 28-20 lead into the half.
After Shawn Anderson opened the third quarter with a three pointer, CHS didn't let its lead fall below double digits through the rest of the game. The Raiders took a 38-25 lead after the third, followed by a 20-point advantage at the end of regulation.
"We just had to be smart. We did most of the time tonight," Rozier said. "We had to gather ourselves after a bit, after going up taking a lead, but we did and got the job done."
Rozier led the way by hitting 23 points for CHS. He was followed by Harley Hinshaw with seven points, just ahead of Anderson's six. Chase Simpkins brought in five points, followed by four for Kyle Farless and Rod Brinkley. Hayden Hullett brought in three points, with two coming from Connor Shemwell. Jaxon Vaughn hit a single free throw to finish the game with one point.