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10th-ranked Cubs rout Knights
, Courier Sportswriter
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:00 AM
BASKET TIME: Madison’s Delanie Jones (with ball) splits South Dearborn defenders Kourtney Stevens and Morgan Wolfer (22) on the way to the basket during Tuesday’s game. Jones had just intercepted the Knights, one of 32 turnovers Madison forced in the 85-39 rout. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Two games have equaled two blowouts to open the season for Madison's girls basketball team.
Four nights after hammering Switzerland County 37-2 the Lady Cubs put an 85-39 whipping on potential sectional opponent South Dearborn in Madison's home opener on Tuesday.
Five different players scored in double figures for the 10th-ranked Lady Cubs, who shot 46 percent from the floor while forcing 32 South Dearborn turnovers.
"They're not all going to be like that," Madison coach Willie Humes smiled. "Our intensity was not as good in the first half like it was at Switz. but we came out in the second half and picked it up a little bit and it was a little better."
Madison (2-0) shot 28-of-61 (45.9 percent) overall, including 9-of-25 (36 percent) from 3-point range. Senior Hannah Cain had three 3-pointers and tied Whitney Wynn for team-high honors in scoring with 15 points while senior Hannah Bickers was 3-of-5 from long range for a career-high 13 points.
Cadie Povaleri also had a new career-high in scoring with 11 while sophomore Olivia Crozier scored 11 points and had eight rebounds despite battling foul trouble.
Only nine players dressed for Madison due to Ireland Falconberry's knee injury and all nine scored in the rout.
"Hannah (Bickers) came in and played a great game," Humes said. "We're a pretty deep team and players like Hannah and Alex (Thurnall) are such good shooters that they really give us a lift off the bench."
The Cubs opened last week's season-opener at Switzerland County on a 37-0 run and while it didn't get off to as quick of a start on Tuesday, Madison still never trailed against Dearborn.
Cain hit a jumper, Crozier powered her way to the basket for a layup and Povaleri completed a three-point play with a bucket and a free throw to stake Madison to a 7-0 lead and the Cubs never trailed.
Madison pushed its margin to 15-2 and led 23-11 after the first quarter. Fouls plagued the entire first half as a total of 24 fouls were whistled in the game's first 16 minutes.
But thanks to Bickers' shooting performance off the bench - she hit all three of her treys in a four-minute span in the second quarter - the Cubs still led 46-27 at halftime.
Madison's defense clamped down on South Dearborn in the second half limiting the Knights to just 12 points. The Cubs pushed the lead to 68-35 after three quarters and cruised to the 85-39 final score.
South Dearborn, which came into the game with several key players injured, shot just 13-of-40 (32.5 percent) from the floor. Morgan Bressert scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead the Knights.
The Cubs hit the road on Saturday when they travel to Salem. Madison's next home game will be a week from today when it hosts Southwestern in the annual Turkey Shootout.
Tuesday's Madison Boxscore
3A No. 10 MADISON 85,
SOUTH DEARBORN 39
S. DEARBORN 11 16 8 4 - 39
MADISON 23 23 22 17 - 85
SOUTH DEARBORN (1-2) - (f)Bressert 21, (c)Barnett 7, (f)Townsend 5, (g)Stevens 3, (g)Wolfer 3, Hayes 0, Kurtz 0, Vertz 0.
MADISON (2-0) - (g)Cain 15, Wynn 15, Bickers 13, (c)Crozier 11, (f)Povaleri 11, Thurnall 8, (g)Jones 5, (f)Hecox 5, Holland 2.
3-Point Goals - South Dearborn 1 (Wolfer 1), Madison 9 (Cain 3, Bickers 3, Jones 1, Wynn 1, Thurnall 1). Rebounds - South Dearborn 25 (Bressert 4, Townsend 4), Madison 36 (Crozier 8). Assists - South Dearborn 9 (Townsend 3), Madison 16 (Jones 3, Thirnall 3, Cain 3). Turnovers - South Dearborn 32, Madison 16. Total Fouls - South Dearborn 24, Madison 21. Free Throws - South Dearborn 12-18, Madison 20-29. Fouled Out - South Dearborn: Wolfer, Barrett. Madison: Wynn. Next Game - South Dearborn hosts Batesville Saturday. Madison travels to Salem Saturday.
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