Madison Kaiser erupted for 24 of her game-high 27 points in the second half as the Floyd Central girls’ basketball team rallied past visiting Charlestown 58-53 in overtime Wednesday night.
“It was a big win for our program and our kids,” Floyd Central coach Kirk Hamsley said. “I think we turned the corner.”
The Highlanders (4-6), playing their third overtime game of the season, snapped a four-game losing streak.
Floyd Central, though, got off to a slow start as Kaiser picked her second foul with 4:18 left in the first quarter and stayed on the bench for the balance of the first half.
With Kaiser on the bench, the Pirates (8-1) built a 12-point lead in the second quarter before building a 28-18 cushion at the break.
“We were hoping we could hang around with her on the bench, and we did,” Hamsley said. “I thought the kids who played did a heck of a job of keeping us in the game.”
Charlestown coach Michael Prichard said his team started to struggle offensively when Floyd Central went from a two-three zone to man-to-man in the first half.
“We struggled in man-to-man offense and we had every opportunity,” he said. “We threw the ball away and we just didn’t make the plays.”
In the third quarter, Kaiser returned and took over. She scored 11 points in the third quarter to ignite the rally. The Highlanders finally caught up and tied the game at 36 when Kaiser hit a layup with 28 seconds left in the third period.
In the fourth quarter, the game went back and forth. Kaiser again tied it with a driving layup with 47 seconds left.
Charlestown held the ball for the last shot of regulation and Justin Burdin missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
In overtime, Kaiser scored six points as the Highlanders started to pull away. When she made a layup with 54 seconds left, Floyd Central led 55-51.
“In the first half, we were playing not to lose,” Kaiser said. “I wanted to get back in there and play to win.”
In the second half, Kaiser hit 11 of 15 shots and both of her free throws.
“She did a nice job of attacking,” Hamsley said of Kaiser. “She’s a slasher. … She played unbelievably tonight. She took care of the ball.”
“She (Kaiser) is the best player we’ve played against so far,” Prichard said.
On the inside, Floyd Central’s Brianna Roth and Katyn Bierman added 10 points apiece.
Kaitlynn Henning led Charlestown — off to its best start in 22 years — with 19 points and Lexi Logsdon added 15.
The Pirates played without one of its starters, Shelby Goedeker, who missed the game with an illness.
“That’s will not an excuse,”Prichard said. “Back to the drawing board.”
Charlestown (8-1) – Henning 19, Logsdon 15, Kimbrell 5, Burdin 14.
Floyd Central (4-6) – Price 2, Wagner 2, Kaiser 27, Probus 7, Bierman 10, Roth 10.
3-point goals – Logsdon 2, Burdin 2, Probus 1.