FLOYDS KNOBS —
The nightcap of the Floyd Central Shootout saw the victors both have strong second half surges en route to wins.
The host Highlanders shot 58 percent in the second half to move past Indianapolis Homeschool 71-56 and rolled into Saturday’s championship game, while Class 4A No. 10 Bloomington South held Jeffersonville to 30 percent shooting over the last two periods to claim a 55-38 victory.
The Highlanders will face Louisville Ballard in the championship game. The Red Devils went 0-2 on the day and will face Fern Creek (Ky.) in this morning’s fifth-place game.
HIGHLANDERS DOWN TRAILBLAZERS
The Highlanders placed four players in double-figures to capture their second win of the day.
After trailing 15-13 at the end of the opening period, Shelby Rost poured in all 10 of her points in the second frame to power the host to a 32-24 halftime lead. The senior guard hit two 3s in the final minute of the first half to give her team momentum heading to the locker room.
“She stepped up,” Floyd head coach Kirk Hamsley said of Rost, who hit two 3s in the final minute of the first half. “She was kind of surprised she hit that little 12-foot jump shot and that got her going. She’s the type of kid if she quits thinking about things and just plays, she’s a pretty good player. I don’t think she had any turnovers tonight and she kept shooting well. She did a great job.”
Floyd’s defense put the clamps on the Blazers in the third period, holding them to 2 of 11 shooting en route to a 16-point lead heading to the final stanza.
“We tried to get more pressure on double zero,” Hamsley said of Blazer star Dani Brewer, who pumped in a game-high 24 points. “They were trying to get her in a position to score. We tried to double her when she came off screens and tried to make her give up the ball. Making her pick the ball up helped us a lot.”
Brooke Hinton ensured the Floyd win by scoring 12 of her team high 18 in the fourth quarter. The senior was 6 of 7 from the foul line and found center Brianna Roth for easy buckets in the paint on multiple occasions.
“Brooke understood better than the rest of our kids that the middle of the floor was open,” Hamsley said. “They were out covering us on the wings and the baseline and Brooke understood the lane was open. She got to the rim, made a few buckets and got to the line.”