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story.lead_photo.caption Ayanna Clarke of Capital City dribbles up the court during Wednesday night's game against Kansas City Central at Capital City High School. Photo by Liv Paggiarino / News Tribune.

In a game like Wednesday night's Capital City-Kansas City Central contest, a 6-0 run was significant.

After trailing by as many as 10, Kansas City Central scored six straight points to close out the third quarter and pull within three.

"I was a little worried about if we're going to let that thing get away," Lady Cavaliers coach Ryan Madison said.

They didn't. Capital City limited Central to one point in the final five minutes and held on for a 40-30 victory.

"I thought we showed a little toughness right there," Madison said.

The Lady Cavs never trailed, scoring the game's first six points and leading 10-2 late in the first quarter.

Brooklynn Greene, one of three Lady Cavs with six points, scored the first points after Kacy Highfill stole the ball away.

"We did tip a few passes early," Madison said.

The Lady Blue Eagles scored the final five points of the opening quarter, including a Devionna Race 3-pointer from the corner to make it 10-7 after eight minutes.

Capital City's Ayanna Clarke and Central's Jeramyiah Marshall traded jump shots in the first minute of the second quarter, but neither team scored again until Greene knocked down a mid-range jump shot at the 3:18 mark.

That was the start of a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 18-9. Marshall hit a jumper in the final seconds of the half for the Lady Blue Eagles and the Lady Cavs took an 18-11 lead into the break.

Central again got an early shot to go to begin the second half, this time a corner 3 by Marshall.

But Capital City's lead reached 26-16 before the midway point of the third quarter thanks to Shayla Stewart scoring six straight points, including four off a pair of offensive rebounds. Stewart finished with a double double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

"She had a stretch at the beginning of the third quarter where she played as well as she's played all year," Madison said. "Energy was really good, she did get some offensive rebounds, had a couple of free throws."

Stewart added a layup at the 2:45 mark for a 28-19 lead before Central made its push.

Marshall, who scored 12 points, got a 6-0 run started with a jumper.

Race then scored four of her game-high 13 points in under a minute to make it a three-point margin at 28-25 after three quarters.

The teams went back and forth for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter before shots stopped dropping for Central (9-12) and Capital City had its guards cut to the basket for layups to close it out.

Five of Capital City's six wins this season have come in the past 34 days.

Madison credited that to the team having more opportunities to practice between games.

"That's been a big part of it," he said.

All seven of the Lady Cavs that took the floor Wednesday scored, including Clarke and Natalie Allison with six points each.

Capital City (6-15) won't have much time to prepare for the Mexico Lady Bulldogs, who host them today.

"They're really good, they're athletic, they've got some size," Madison said.

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