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Lady Cubs once again too much for Switzerland
, Courier Sportswriter
Saturday, November 16, 2013 4:00 AM
LETTING THE FUN BEGIN: Madison’s Whitney Wynn (above, left) and Olivia Crozier cheer on their teammates from the bench during the Lady Cubs’ 74-37 win over Switzerland County on Friday. Wynn scored a career-high 23 points and Crozier had 13 in the season-opening win. Macky Hecox (below) powers to the basket over the Pacers’ Bre Rickets for two of her eight points. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
There were a lot more points scored but this year's girls basketball matchup between Madison and Switzerland County looked a lot like last year's.
Madison led 19-2 after the first quarter and never looked back, rolling to a dominating 74-37 win over neighboring Switzerland Friday at Connor K. Salm Gymnasium.
The margin of victory was nearly identical to last year's game, also won by the Lady Cubs. But a leaking air duct forced stoppage of that game early in the third quarter with Madison leading 37-2.
With a full four quarters to play, the Lady Cubs doubled their scoring and added two points to the margin to open the season with a bang.
"I'm real happy with the way we came out in the first game," Madison coach Willie Humes said. "I knew there was going to be some little things in there that we needed to tweak but I was proud of the way they played."
Switzerland County (0-2) matched its point total from a year ago two and a half minutes into the game but Madison responded with a 15-0 run to close the opening quarter and blow out the game.
By the time the Lady Pacers scored again they trailed 19-4 and the game was all but over. Madison (1-0) led 37-16 at halftime and 59-26 after three quarters.
It was Whitney Wynn who did the bulk of the damage for the Cubs. The senior swingman led all scorers with a career-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting. She also had four rebounds, four steals and two assists in a strong all-around game.
Most of Wynn's points came on opportunities that she created. Whether picking off Switzerland passes to lead a fast break, or busting down the lane to attack Pacer defenders, Wynn showed the kind of scoring ability that Humes was hoping to see.
"I think this year she's more confident than she has been," Humes said of Wynn. "She's been playing with heart and she's playing hard. I think we're going to get that from her all year. It's her senior year and she wants to go out big."
After the initial first-quarter run, Switzerland steadied itself and while the Pacers didn't play even with Madison, they acquitted themselves much better than they did in the season opener against Southwestern on Tuesday.
It was that kind of improvement that Switzerland coach Ashley Kitts was hoping for. After watching her team struggle in every facet on Tuesday, Kitts was pleased to see Switzerland up its game against arguably the best squad the Pacers will face all season.
"We said that we wanted to get better than we did on Tuesday night and I think we took a big step in that direction," Kitts said. "It's going to take baby steps and we'll get there. It's still early in the season and as long as we're going in the right direction, I'll feel good about where we're going."
One thing Kitts was particularly pleased about was the play of junior center Eve Galbreath. Despite being matched up with Madison's all-state candidate Olivia Crozier, Galbreath still managed to scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Like the rest of her teammates, Galbreath struggled in the opener against Southwestern. But facing the 6-foot-2 Crozier seemed to bring the best out of the Pacer leader.
"We talked to Eve about (Crozier) was going to try to block some shots and I thought Eve did a good job of playing her game," Kitts said. "She got blocked a couple of times but she didn't let it affect her and that was good to see."
Crozier missed her first four shots from the floor but rebounded to score 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Crozier displayed her "new" game, leading fast breaks and even attempting a 3-pointer and was very active on defense.
Kitts, who counts herself among fans of the Cub center, came away even more impressed with Crozier.
"She ran the floor a lot more and I don't think Eve was prepared for a center to go out and pop threes," Kitts said. "But Crozier's a great player and she showed it."
Because of the wide margin, Humes had a chance to play all 10 of his varsity players with all getting extensive minutes. Nine of the 10 scored in the game with Macky Hecox and Alex Thurnall adding eight points each, Katie Hartman scoring seven and Ireland Falconberry getting six points in her first full game in a year and a half after missing nearly all of last season with a knee injury.
"I think my second five came in and really played well. They were very confident," Humes said. "I've told the girls that we're going to need a bench if we're going to be successful this season and they showed it."
Overall, Madison shot 44 percent (30-for-68) from the floor despite hitting just 4-of-18 (22 percent) from 3-point range. The Cubs also struggled somewhat at the free-throw line, hitting just 10-of-16 (63 percent).
Switzerland County was 15-of-41 (37 percent) overall and just 1-of-3 on 3-pointers. Madison dominated the boards, out-rebounding Switzerland County 46-31. The Cubs had 17 offensive rebounds alone.
Both teams will face South Dearborn on the road in their next matchups. Switzerland County visits Aurora tonight while Madison heads to South Dearborn on Tuesday.
FRIDAY'S GIRLS GAME
3A No. 13 MADISON 74,
SWITZERLAND CO. 37
SWITZERLAND CO. 2 14 10 11 - 37
MADISON 19 18 22 15 - 74
SWITZERLAND CO. (0-2) - (c)Galbreath 17, Matthews 9, Lay 4, (g)Todd 3, (g)Parham 2, (f)Ricketts 2, (f)Konkle 0, Coy 0.
MADISON (1-0) - (f)Wynn 23, (c)Crozier 13, (g)Thurnall 8, (f)Hecox 8, Hartman 7, Falconberry 6, Liter 5, (g)Jones 2, Rice 2, Lee 0.
3-Point Goals - Switzerland Co. 1 (Matthews 1), Madison 4 (Thurnall 2, Liter 1, Hartman 1). Rebounds - Switzerland Co. 31 (Konkle 7, Todd 7), Madison 46 (Crozier 9). Assists - Switzerland Co. 10 (Todd 6), Madison 16 (Jones 3, Falconberry 3). Turnovers - Switzerland Co. 25, Madison 15. Total Fouls - Switzerland Co. 15, Madison 17. Free Throws - Switzerland Co. 6-15, Madison 10-18. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Switzerland Co. visits South Dearborn today. Madison visits South Dearborn Tuesday.
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