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No. 8 Cubs Tame Mustangs
Cubs roll to 60-30 rout over Mustangs
, Courier Sportswriter
Friday, January 17, 2014 10:00 AM
Madison’s Whitney Wynn (above, 20) steals the ball from New Washington’s Emilee Holloway during Thursday’s game at Madison. The Cubs’ Delanie Jones (below, 5) passes over the Mustangs’ Brooke Abbott while leading a fast break. Madison forced 19 turnovers and rolled to a 60-30 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison's starters staked the Lady Cubs to an early lead and the bench turned the game into a blowout in a 60-30 basketball rout of New Washington Thursday at home.
Madison, ranked eighth in Class 3A, hit seven of its first eight shots and jumped out to a 16-4 lead. New Washington stayed relatively close for the rest of the opening half but the Cubs still led 32-17 at the break.
After the Cubs scored the first 12 points of the third quarter to pull ahead by 27, Madison coach Willie Humes cleared his bench. The second group pushed the lead to as much as 32 before coasting to the 30-point win.
"I told (the bench) when they went out there that I still wanted them to look to score," Humes said. "I wanted them to still look for their shot and push the ball up the floor. And they do a good job of that. That second five likes to run up and down the floor a lot."
Madison (11-1) opened the game in its customary full-court press and badgered New Washington into turnovers and missed shots. The Lady Cubs had a field day in transition and outscored the Mustangs 12-0 off turnovers in the first half.
Humes quickly backed off the press and the Cubs spent the rest of the game in a zone. As a result, the pace slowed to a crawl. Madison ended up hitting just 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) from the floor in the second half, down from 13-of-29 (44.8 percent) in the opening two quarters.
"We got out of the press quickly because we have a big game on Saturday and I wanted to make sure they were rested," Humes said. "We tried about four or five different defenses in the second half but mainly I wanted to make sure that we were fresh."
While the Cubs' offense may have slipped, its defense was just fine. New Washington turned the ball over 19 times total, leading to 25 Madison points. The Cubs also dominated the paint, outscoring New Washington 28-12 in that area.
But arguably Madison's most impressive stat came in its ball-handling. The Cubs dished out 17 assists on 23 made field goals and turned the ball over just eight times. Senior point guard Delanie Jones had seven assists and just two turnovers and also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.
"She's shooting the three really well, she's driving the ball and she's handling it out there," Humes said of Jones. "She's a great point guard. If somebody isn't looking at her, there is something wrong."
Olivia Crozier, the Cubs' 6-foot-2 junior center who has orally committed to Southeast Missouri State, led all scorers with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting while adding eight rebounds and four blocks.
However, there were several Cubs with big stat lines.
Senior Whitney Wynn had 12 points, four rebounds and three assists; senior Macky Hecox had 10 points and seven rebounds and two steals; Alex Thurnall scored nine points and had two assists; and Katie Hartman had three points, six rebounds and two assists.
New Washington, which was just 13-of-42 (31 percent) from the floor and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc, was led by Courtney Amick's 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Because Madison's game against Brownstown Central will not be made up after it was postponed due to snow, Madison has only seven games left in the regular season. The Cubs host Corydon Central - one of only five teams that beat Madison a year ago - on Saturday and travel to Scottsburg on Tuesday.
While both of those games are against potential sectional foes, Humes still has his eyes on Madison's remaining Hoosier Hills Conference opponetns - Columbus East next week and Jeffersonville in two weeks.
"We figure the conference race is over. Bedford is undefeated and nobody is probably going to beat them," Humes said. "But I still want those two other games. If we win those games, we'll finish second in the conference by ourselves and that's a big accomplishment. It will also be the first time Madison has won six games in the Hoosier Hills. So that is still a big goal for us."
Thursday's Girls Game'
CLASS 3A No. 8 MADISON 60,
NEW WASHINGTON 30
NEW WASHINGTON 13 4 4 9 - 30
MADISON 20 12 12 16 - 60
NEW WASHINGTON (7-7) - (g)Amick 12, (f)Abbott 6, (f)Johnson 6, Tye 2, Haymaker 2, (g)Schindler 2, Krouse 0, Holloway 0, (g)James 0.
MADISON (11-1) - (c)Crozier 14, (f)Wynn 12, (f)Hecox 10, (g)Thurnall 9, (g)Jones 6, Hartman 3, Rice 2, Lee 2, Liter 2, Falconberry 0.
3-Point Goals - New Washington 2 (Amick 2), Madison 7 (Thurnall 3, Jones 2, Hartman 1, Wynn 1). Rebounds - New Washington 31 (Amick 8), Madison 34 (Crozier 8). Assists - New Washington 8 (Amick 3), Madison 17 (Jones 7). Turnovers - New Washington 19, Madison 8. Total Fouls - New Washington 7, Madison 9. Free Throws - New Washington 2-8, Madison 7-10. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - New Washington visits Switzerland Co. Saturday. Madison hosts Corydon Saturday.
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