NO EXCUSES, COACH: Madison Lady Cubs basketball coach Willie Humes takes good-natured teasing from the girls on his team after they watched him play through a rough first half in the "Shootout for Education" basketball game at Madison Consolidated High School. (2012 Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
NO EXCUSES, COACH: Madison Lady Cubs basketball coach Willie Humes takes good-natured teasing from the girls on his team after they watched him play through a rough first half in the "Shootout for Education" basketball game at Madison Consolidated High School. (2012 Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
Local groups are lacing up their basketball shoes and hitting the hardwood floor Friday night to help raise money for the academic teams at Madison Consolidated Schools.

The Madison Consolidated Education Foundation will host its annual Basketball Showdown on Friday at the Madison Consolidated High School Connor K. Salm gymnasium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m.

The event will raise money for Madison Consolidated Schools high school and junior high school academic teams, like the Spell Bowl, foundation president Alan Ehlert said.

"We try to support those teams because they don't get state funds," Ehlert said.

Terry Crank, a member of the foundation, said the event was started because the group was looking for another fundraiser besides their annual dinner.

The event has become successful enough, Crank said, that the foundation will begin offering a few scholarships to seniors in 2014.

"We actually have more activities for the teams and more interest because of that," he said.

Teams from the Madison Police Department, Grote Industries, the MCS Alumni Association and a group of high school teachers will take to the court to square off in two games.

The games aren't full length.

"They're shorter than normal, and we've got a good break between (quarters)," Ehlert said.

Ehlert said there will also be a "halftime extravaganza."

"This will be our third annual scrimmage," Ehlert said.

The event, which was originally scheduled for October, was delayed because of weather conditions and having to reschedule Halloween trick-or-treat hours.

Adult tickets are $5, student tickets are $3 and children in pre-school or younger can enter for free.