Cubs rebound from 1st loss with 60-45 win over Braves
Only glitch in 10th win was knee injury scare to guard Cain
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:00 AM
Madison rebounded from its first loss of the season with a resounding 60-45 win over Brownstown Central in girls basketball action Tuesday at Salm Gymnasium.
AT THE RIM: Madison freshman Katie Hartman (with ball) shoots over Brownstown’s Jaelyn Reynolds (40) during Tuesday’s game at home. Hartman played well in relief of the injured Hannah Cain and the Cubs picked up their 10th win of the season, 60-45. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
The Lady Cubs, ranked fifth in Class 3A, had their school-record nine-game win streak snapped with a loss to Class 4A No. 3 Bedford North Lawrence on Saturday.
Not ready for a second-straight loss, Madison jumped out to a 9-2 lead early, shrugged off a mid-game slump and led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter before settling for the final 15-point margin.
"I was very interested in seeing how we would respond from that loss," Madison coach Willie Humes said. "I think we did well."
The Cubs (10-1) led only 29-24 at halftime and may very well have delivered the knock-out blow earlier if not for the loss of senior point guard Hannah Cain midway through the first quarter.
Cain, the team's second-leading scorer at nearly 11 points per game, injured her right knee while being fouled on a layup less than four minutes into the game. It was a not a hard foul but Cain landed right on her knee and writhed on the floor in pain for several minutes before being helped out of the gym.
With Cain gone the Cubs appeared shell-shocked. Playing without a point guard and shaken by the loss of one of their captains, Madison allowed Brownstown to stay in the game throughout the second quarter.
But the Cubs regrouped. Freshman Katie Hartman eventually took over Cain's spot on the floor and steadied the team. When Cain returned to the bench late in the second quarter with news that her injury was just a bruised knee, the team's mood lightened considerably.
"We got in the locker room and the girls were laughing and loose. You could tell that it was a load off," Humes said. "They felt better and they played better."
Cain never returned to the game but with her on the bench cheering them on, the Cubs took over the game in the third quarter. Cadie Povaleri powered her way to a bucket, Whitney Wynn converted a three-point play and Macky Hecox had a layup off a steal to push the Madison lead to 36-24 less that three minutes into the third quarter.
Brownstown (4-5) eventually cut the lead to seven (38-31) late in that quarter but Madison upped the margin back to 11 on four free throws by Wynn and Povaleri at the end of the period.
The Cubs then blew out the game with three-straight baskets by Wynn, Hannah Bickers and Olivia Crozier to open the fourth quarter.
Crozier finished the game with an impressive 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead Madison while Wynn had 13 points, six assists, four steals and three rebounds in an impressive all-around game.
"I thought Whitney Wynn came off the bench and really played well for us when Hannah went down," Humes said. "And Hartman played really well. I've been wanting to bring her along slowly and get her ready for the sectional but with the way she played tonight, she'll get more playing time."
Madison shot only 39 percent from the floor (20-of-51) and 1-of-9 (11 percent) on 3-pointers. Brownstown was worse, going 16-of-43 (37 percent) overall, 2-of-10 (20 percent) from outside.
The Cubs had a huge advantage in free throws (19-11) and rebounding (38-30) and turned the ball over just 10 times.
Presley Dmitriev led Brownstown with 12 points.
No timetable was set for Cain's return but with more than two weeks until the Cubs' next game, she has plenty of time to heal over the Christmas Break. Madison hosts New Albany on Jan. 3 and the Cubs hope to have another starter, point guard Delanie Jones who is recovering from a broken wrist, back on the floor.
A third injured Cub, junior Ireland Falconberry, is scheduled to have knee surgery on Thursday and will be out for the season.
"We have two weeks off and hopefully that will give everybody time to get better and be back on the floor," Humes said. "We're a deep team but every time I looked down the bench I had fewer players on it. We started this game with four and we ended up with three.
"We can joke about it now because Hannah is back and she's going to be OK," Humes said. "But we can't afford to lose too many more."
Notes: At 10-1, the Cubs tied the school mark for best record after 11 games, joining the 1979-80, 1996-97 and 1998-99 teams. Six other Madison teams started 9-2 ... It was Madison's first win over Brownstown in three tries. The Braves won each of the last two years, including 75-68 last year ... A win over New Albany on Jan. 3 would be Madison's fifth in the Hoosier Hills Conference this season. The 1979-80 (5-2) and 1990-91 (5-1) are the only other teams to win five conference games in a season. Madison has never won six.
TUESDAY'S GIRLS GAME
3A No. 5 MADISON 60,
BROWNSTOWN 6 18 7 14 - 45
MADISON 13 16 13 18 - 60
BROWNSTOWN (4-5) - (g)Dmitriev 12, (g)Rieckers 9, (g)Warren 8, (f)Bennett 8, Reynolds 4, Booher 2, (f)Ebbing 2, Lorenzo 0, Wischmeier 0.
MADISON (10-1) - (c)Crozier 18, Wynn 13, (f)Povaleri 10, Bickers 8, (f)Hecox 7, (g)Thurnall 2, Hartman 2, (g)Cain 0, Holland 0.
3-Point Goals - Brownstown 2 (Rieckers 2), Madison 1 (Bickers 1). Rebounds - Brownstown 30 (Bennett 9), Madison 38 (Crozier 16). Assists - Brownstown 10 (Rieckers 4), Madison 12 (Wynn 6). Turnovers - Brownstown 19, Madison 10. Total Fouls - Brownstown 24, Madison 15. Free Throws - Brownstown 11-16, Madison 19-32. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Brownstown plays Bloomington North in the Eastern (Greene) Tournament on Dec. 27. Madison hosts New Albany on Jan. 3.