Confident Cubs rip Highlanders
Coach Pat King: 'We played well, in all phases of the game.'
Monday, January 21, 2013 10:00 AM
GALENA - The Madison Cubs rebounded from a 30-point loss on Friday with a lopsided win of their own, 63-41, at Floyd Central on Saturday.
TO THE RIM: Madison’s Matt Woolard shoots over Floyd Central’s Travis Foster during Saturday’s game in Galena. Woolard was 10-of-15 from the floor for a career-high 24 points in the Cubs’ 63-41 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Senior Matt Woolard scored a career-high 24 points and had seven rebounds, Nick Macon had 15 points, five rebounds and six assists and Carson Wattenbarger had 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists as the Cubs won for the fifth time in the past seven games.
"We played well, in all phases of the game," Madison coach Pat King said. "This team now understands what it needs to do and the players don't need me to do a lot on the sidelines. That's a big change from last year and even in November and December where they were still looking over every time. They are playing with a lot of confidence right now."
Madison (7-6, 1-4 Hoosier Hills) played well enough to beat most teams on Friday but had the misfortune of running into a buzzsaw, Class 4A No. 5 Columbus North, which lived up to its ranking by rolling to an 88-57 win.
But the Cubs carried over the same energy they showed against North into Saturday's game against Floyd Central and against a lesser opponent, the outcome was much different.
Madison never trailed, jumping out to a 12-4 lead four minutes into the game. The Cubs took a 19-16 lead into the second quarter but upped that advantage to 12 (33-21) by halftime.
Madison built on the lead from there, going ahead 47-28 by the end of three and leading by as many as 25 (61-36) late in the game before settling for the 22-point win.
"We really wanted to come out and play well against Floyd and take control," Woolard said. "Everybody is playing well right now and we just wanted to keep it going."
Woolard was nearly unstoppable despite spending large chunks of time on the bench as King substituted heavily in the second half. The 6-foot-2 center was 10-of-15 from the floor and did more of his damage on mid-range jumpers particularly along the baseline.
It was during one stretch in the fourth where Woolard flashed his shot the best. After Floyd Central (3-12, 0-5 HHC) had cut the lead to 11, Woolard hit three shots in the span of four possessions, all on short jumpers. The last two came in transition as the Highlanders sprinted back to defend the basket and Woolard simply pulled up to drain jumpers.
"Teams have been giving me that shot and I'm more than happy to take it," Woolard said with a smile. "I hope they keep leaving me out there."
"Matt played a fantastic game," King said. "We ask a lot of Matt. Last night he had to guard a 6-8 kid, tonight it was a 6-5 kid. That's just the nature of what we have to do. But he keeps responding."
Woolard was far from the only Cub to have a big game. Macon was 5-for-8 from the floor and Wattenbarger was 4-for-7 from 3-point range but also showed his variety of skills in all phases of the game.
Arguably the most impressive part of the game for Madison was its execution. The Cubs had 18 assists on 24 field goals and three different players had at least four assists. Madison also turned the ball over just seven times.
That execution, coupled with a 59 percent (24-for-41) performance from the floor led to the relatively easy win.
"What I was most impressed with was the floor game," King said. "We're unselfish, we're moving the ball and we're playing well. You really can't ask for more."
Travis Foster was the only Highlander in double figures with 12 points. As a team, Floyd shot just 32 percent (17-for-53) from the floor and went to the free-throw line only three times.
The victory was Madison's first in Hoosier Hills Conference play and came despite the Cubs playing without the services of leading scorer Landon Perry for the third-straight game. The junior guard is still recovering from a knee injury but is expected to be back this week.
"We just all had to step up with Landon out," Woolard said. "Especially Carson (Wattenbarger). He's been averaging like 17 points a game here recently and has really done well."
The win was Madison's first over Floyd since the 2007-08 season, a span of four games. Before the recent losing skid, the Cubs had won 14 out of 15 games against the Highlanders dating back to the 1993-94 season.
Madison hosts Silver Creek Friday and visits North Harrison on Saturday.
"The goal this weekend is to get two wins. We split last weekend and we split the weekend before. Now we want to get a sweep," King said. "Creek is young but they are talented and North Harrison is a very good team and it's a long drive. If we can get past North Harrison, I think we have a chance to finish the season on a pretty good roll."
SATURDAY'S BOYS GAME
MADISON 63, FLOYD CENTRAL 41
MADISON 19 14 14 16 - 63
FLOYD CENTRAL 16 5 7 13 - 41
MADISON (7-6, 1-4 HHC) - (c)Woolard 24, (g)Macon 15, (f)Wattenbarger 14, (f)Thurston 5, Sauley 5, (g)Huffman 0, King 0, Vaughn 0.
FLOYD CENTRAL (3-12, 0-5 HHC) - (g)Foster 12, (f)Logsdon 9, (g)Hussung 6, (c)Hamsley 6, T. Smith 3, Cora 3, Nichols 2, Kimm 0, Truong 0, Newell 0, Rogers 0, B. Smith 0.
3-Point Goals - Madison 7 (Wattenbarger 4, Macon 2, Thurston 1), Floyd Central 5 (Hussung 2, Foster 1, Logsdon 1, Cora 1). Rebounds - Madison 31 (Woolard 7), Floyd Central 25 (Hamsley 7). Assists - Madison 18 (Wattenbarger 7), Floyd Central 7 (Hussung 2, Foster 2). Turnovers - Madison 7, Floyd Central 6. Total Fouls - Madison 10, Floyd Central 13. Free Throws - Madison 8-12, Floyd Central 2-3. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Madison hosts Silver Creek Friday. Floyd Central visits Seymour Friday.