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January 31, 2014

H.S. GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Kaisers combine for 39 points in FC’s 55-43 win over Pioneers

Younger sibling Madison has 20; Riley Kaiser tallies 19

CLARKSVILLE — Riley Kaiser kept Floyd Central within striking distance in the first half against archrival Providence on Thursday night at the Larkin Center.

In the second half, younger sister Madison Kaiser helped the Highlanders finish off the Pioneers.

The siblings accounted for 70.9 percent of Floyd Central’s scoring in its 55-43 victory over Providence.

“If they keep that up, we’ll be great,” Highlanders’ coach Kirk Hamsley said.

Madison Kaiser tallied a game-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting, scoring 18 in the second half. The junior forward also contributed on defense and the glass, as she had game-highs in rebounding (eight) and steals (eight).

“She had some easy buckets [in the second half],” Hamsley said. “She forced some things early. We talked to her at halftime about settling in and taking the ball to the hole. I thought if she took the ball in the hole, I felt they couldn’t handle her. That’s what she did.”

Riley Kaiser had 19 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the free throw line along with eight boards. The senior guard scored 11 of the Highlanders’ 19 points in the opening half.

“I thought Riley made some big buckets and scored some key points,” Hamsley said.

Madison Kaiser was really effective in the middle portions of the fourth quarter.

With Floyd Central (7-9) leading 40-36, she scored all of the Highlanders’ points in an 8-2 run to put them up 48-38 with 4:40 left in regulation. Kaiser converted two 3-point plays during that stretch.

A key defensive adjustment out of intermission also helped Floyd Central seize control of the contest.

The Highlanders extended their 1-3-1 trapping defense out into the backcourt. As a result, the Pioneers (12-7) made 11 second-half turnovers, including seven in the third quarter.

Floyd Central got several points off Providence’s miscues as it turned a 19-19 halftime tie into a 38-30 lead at the end of the third quarter.

“In the second half, I thought that 1-3-1 and getting after their guards probably changed the game,” Hamsley said. “I thought they struggled, and we got some easy buckets there. They hit a few shots, but they didn’t go inside against the 1-3-1. We covered the corners really well.”

Providence coach Brad Burden concurred with that assessment.

“When the pace of the game gets elevated like it does against Floyd Central, some of these younger kids have a hard time adjusting to it,” Burden said. “I’m just really pleased with the effort. There will be some things we’ll take from this and learn from it to get ready for sectional.”

It was another solid night for Pioneer freshman Claire Rauck. The 5-foot-8 forward led Providence with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Like for the majority of the season, the Pioneers struggled to find a scoring complement for Rauck. No other Providence player reached double figures.

“We’ve been searching for that all year long,” Burden said. “We’ve got several capable of getting six to eight [points], but we would like to have one that can get us 12-15 [points] to go with that. We need that second scorer, for sure.”

Floyd Central will host Presentation Academy (10-10) from Louisville on Saturday. The Pioneers will host Austin (9-8) in a make-up game on Monday.

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