TURKEY BASTING: Madison swept both games of the junior varsity Turkey Shootout with dominating wins over Southwestern on Monday. The Cubs’ Kevin Stewart (above, 30) flies to the basket for two of his game-high 13 points in Madison’s 66-18 win in the boys game. Madison’s Katie Hartman (below, 32) knocks down a bucket in front of Southwestern’s Debbie Hardy in the girls game. Both Hartman and Hardy scored 10 points each to lead their respective teams in the 55-24 Madison win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
TURKEY BASTING: Madison swept both games of the junior varsity Turkey Shootout with dominating wins over Southwestern on Monday. The Cubs’ Kevin Stewart (above, 30) flies to the basket for two of his game-high 13 points in Madison’s 66-18 win in the boys game. Madison’s Katie Hartman (below, 32) knocks down a bucket in front of Southwestern’s Debbie Hardy in the girls game. Both Hartman and Hardy scored 10 points each to lead their respective teams in the 55-24 Madison win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
If Wednesday's varsity version of the Turkey Shootout goes the way the junior varsity did on Monday night, Madison fans will have plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

The Cubs rolled to a pair of lopsided wins over archrival Southwestern at Madison's Salm Gymnasium. The Lady Cubs were never threatened while rolling to a 55-24 win in the girls game while the Madison boys struck early and often in a 66-18 rout.

"I know that this game isn't as big a deal as Wednesday's game," Madison girls junior varsity coach Marcus Sullivan said. "But to coach Sullivan and coach (Stephanie) Fox, this IS the Turkey Shootout. We're pretty excited."

Madison's girls varsity team is ranked ninth in Class 3A and the junior Cubs showed that they have learned plenty from their older teammates.

The Lady Cubs (4-0) forced 39 Southwestern turnovers and ran at every opportunity.

"We're going to push the ball, that's the way we want to play," Sullivan said. "The girls did a good job of executing."

Samantha Ison put Southwestern (3-2) on top early with a free throw 23 seconds into the game. But Delany Liter answered for Madison with a three-point play on the other end and the Cubs never trailed again.

Katie Hartman knocked down a 3-pointer and five different players scored as Madison built a 14-5 lead after the first quarter. The Cubs led 27-13 at halftime before blowing the game out in the third with a 13-2 run.

In all, 10 different players scored for Madison, led by Hartman who finished with 10 points. LeAnn Fox scored nine and had nine rebounds.

"Madison is a big school and they have eight players sitting on the bench. We have four," Southwestern girls junior varsity coach Jack Taylor said. "That makes it tough, plus we're a young team. But we're happy with the way we are developing. We've lost two games this season, both to Hoosier Hills Conference teams, and I honestly think we're within 10 points of both of them. Madison just out-played us tonight."

Debbie Hardy scored 10 points to lead Southwestern while Ison added five.

If the girls game was a blowout then the boys game was an explosion. Madison scored 21 points in the first quarter alone, led 37-12 at halftime and did not stop scoring until the final buzzer sounded.

"We have all sophomores and these guys have played together for a long time," Madison boys junior varsity coach Larry Wynn said. "They play well together, they run well. They make my job easy because there are times when I can just sit back on the bench and watch."

Madison (1-0) led by four early on a pair of jumpers by Kyle Tucker before Josiah Lawson answered for Southwestern with a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game.

But the Cubs promptly scored six-straight points, closed the quarter on a 17-1 run and never looked back.

Unlike Madison's sophomore-laden roster, Southwestern's is made up primarily of freshmen. Rebel jayvee coach Ron Couch said the lack of experience was noticeable.

"We're a young team and there are a couple of guys that have never played before," Couch said. "Madison came out hot and there wasn't much we could do. But we'll get back to work and get some things cleaned up and get back to it."

All nine Madison players in uniform scored with seven getting at least seven points in a very balanced effort. Kevin Stewart led the way with 13 points while Tucker and Alex Weaver scored eight each.

Southwestern, which managed just six points total in the second half, was led by Gage Hartman with seven points while Lawson scored five.

Madison's and Southwestern's varsity teams will battle in the annual Turkey Shootout at Madison on Wednesday.

The girls game, scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m., will pit Class 3A No. 9 Madison (3-0) against the Rebels (0-4) in a rematch of last year's 60-59 win by Southwestern. The winner will take possession or retain possession of the Victory Bell trophy.

The boys game to follow will be the season opener for both Madison and Southwestern as both battle for the Old Oaken Bucket won by the Cubs 51-49 last season.

The four junior varsity teams will not be back in action until after Thanksgiving.

Both girls team play Floyd Central in their next games. Madison hosts Floyd Central on Tuesday, Nov. 27 while Southwestern hosts Floyd on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Southwestern's boys travel to Switzerland County on Saturday while Madison hosts Jennings County on Friday, Nov. 30.

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MONDAY'S JAYVEE GAMES

at Madison

GIRLS GAME

MADISON 55, SOUTHWESTERN 24



SOUTHWESTERN 5 8 2 9 - 24

MADISON 14 13 13 15 - 55



SOUTHWESTERN (3-2) - (c)Hardy 10, (f)Ison 5, Rueda 3, (g)Garrett 2, (g)Bruther 2, (f)Moore 2, Griffin 0.

MADISON (4-0) - (g)Hartman 10, (f)L. Fox 9, Hackney 8, (f)Liter 7, (g)Lee 6, (g)Allen 4, Smith 4, Whalen 3, Rice 2, Beasley 2, H. Fox 0, Wilson 0, Bushong 0.



3-Point Goals - Southwestern 2 (Hardy 2), Madison 2 (Lee 1, Hartman 1). Rebounds - Southwestern 18 (Hardy 6), Madison 35 (L. Fox 9). Assists - Southwestern 4 (Rueda 1, Bruther 1, Hardy 1, Moore 1), Madison 11 (Hackney 3, Whalen 3). Turnovers - Southwestern 39, Madison 24. Total Fouls - Southwestern 15, Madison 19. Free Throws - Southwestern 8-18, Madison 5-17. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Southwestern hosts Floyd Central Dec. 1. Madison hosts Floyd Central Nov. 27.

BOYS GAME

MADISON 66, SOUTHWESTERN 18



SOUTHWESTERN 4 8 3 3 - 18

MADISON 21 16 15 14 - 66



SOUTHWESTERN (0-1) - (g)Hartman 7, (g)Lawson 5, (f)Brooks 3, Hayes 2, Williams 1, (g)Shepherd 0, Bentley 0, Hadley 0, Mathis 0.

MADISON (1-0) - (f)Stewart 13, (g)Tucker 8, (f)Weaver 8, (g)White 7, (g)Callis 7, McCarty 7, Seng 7, Facemire 6, Harmon 3.



3-Point Goals - Southwestern 1 (Lawson 1), Madison 2 (Harmon 1, Seng 1). Turnovers - Southwestern 27, Madison10. Total Fouls - Southwestern 11, Madison 16. Free Throws - Southwestern 9-16, Madison 10-16. Fouled Out - Madison: Weaver, Harmon. Next Game - Southwestern visits Switzerland Co. Saturday. Madison hosts Jennings Co. Nov. 30.