Things spin out of control for FC in loss to Lady Toppers PDF Print E-mail

The first semi-final at last Friday’s Floyd Central Shootout featuring the host Lady Highlanders and Louisville Presentation was a game of runs.
Presentation started strong, but gave way to FC in the middle portion of the game before rallying late to take the 64-61 win.
The Lady Toppers led 23-17 at the end of the first quarter, but FC went on a 19-2 run to take control of the game.
Riley Kaiser sparked the run with a three to start the second quarter.
That shot was followed by a basket and one of two free throws from Madison Kaiser.
Riley collected a steal, which led her to an and-one, which she converted.
Madison scored a put-back basket and FC’s six-point deficit was now a 28-23 lead, which forced Presentation Head Coach David Jackson to call a timeout.
The stop in action did little to stop the Lady Highlander run.
Madison scored four more points and Tori Kingsley added two.
The run was capped with two free throws by Brooke Hinton, giving FC an 11-point advantage at halftime.
In the third, FC picked up where they left off.
A basket by Bruno kept the lead at 11, but Presentation began to chip away.
Back-to-back threes by PHS’s Shelby Adams and Bailey Reeder trimmed the Lady Higlander lead to five, 38-33.
Timely baskets by Madison Kaiser kept FC in front. Her basket from just inside the free throw stripe late in the third made the score 44-39.
The hot-handed Lady Toppers got another three from Reeder, but FC’s Riley Kaiser made her team’s cushion four, 46-42 heading into the fourth.
Riley Kaiser scored four quick points to start the fourth and Madison hit two free throws to make the Lady Highlander lead nine, 51-42.
FC maintained a seven to 10 point lead and went up 58-49 off a three pointer by Riley Kaiser.
From there, the Lady Toppers took over.
Aliyah Johnson hit one of two free throws, but her second was rebounded by Adams who scored the putback basket, cutting Floyd’s lead to six, 58-52.
That’s when Johnson took the game over, scoring 10 points in a two minute span that put Presentation on top 62-58.
FC’s Kelsey Smith hit one of two free throws and Hinton hit two, that pulled them to within one, 62-61.
The Lady Highlanders had opportunities, but couldn’t get any of them to fall. Pres hit two of four free throws down the stretch to escape with a win.
“After we gave up a 19-2 run in the second quarter I thought we were in deep trouble,” said Jackson, “but we challenged the kids at half-time and they responded. That’s the best we’ve played all year,” he said.
Jackson said he wasn’t surprised by Johnson’s flurry late in the game. He said that’s the reason she is on the floor.
“She scored 10 quick,” he said. “She can shoot. The problem with her is keeping her focused. She is in the game to shoot the ball. I took her out and had to tell her twice I wanted her to shoot the ball. She is probably the best pure shooter we have.”
Riley Kaiser led FC with 17 points and Madison Kaiser tossed in 14.
Adams led Presentation with 16 points.
Presentation advanced to play Eastern in the tournament championship, while Floyd took on Tipton in the consolation game.