The last time Central High School played Lawrence County High School, the Wildcats stunned the team with a one-point win in last year's district semifinals. The Red Raiders got their revenge Friday night with a back-and-forth 57-45 win in Lawrenceburg.
"It was a great defensive game. To come in this gym and hold this team to 45 points is amazing," Coach Micah Williams said afterward. "The guys played their tails off tonight."
Lawrence County looked ready to make an offensive run with a 14-3 lead early in the first quarter. The Raiders began to climb back over the next several minutes, starting with a three-pointer from Kyle Farless. By the close of the quarter, CHS had taken a 15-14 lead off a quick jumper from Jaxon Vaughn.
What followed was a tight second quarter that saw several lead changes. After falling behind, Darius Rozier pushed the Raiders back in front with three minutes to go in the half, only for the Wildcats to take a 26-25 advantage at halftime.
The advantage shifted early in the third quarter. Adjustments prior to the start of the second half helped set up the Raiders to break away from Lawrence County.
"I thought we were just a little bit more patient. "First half, we settled a lot for threes, outside shots," Williams said. "Second half we let the offense just flow."
Harley Hinshaw hit a deep three-pointer to tie the game at 28-28 and CHS didn't look back. The Raiders finished the final two quarters with double digit leads to return to Manchester with a district win.
"I'm so excited. My team did wonderful," Farless said. "We've got to work on our defense a little bit, come back stronger, work even harder."
Farless came off the bench to lead the team with 16 points, followed by Rozier's 15. Vaughn ended his night with 12 points. Chase Simpkins hit six points with Andrew Mahaffey right behind at five. Hinshaw rounded out the Raiders' offense with three points.