POST PLAY: Madison’s Macky Hecox (above) rips a rebound away from Switzerland County’s Eve Galbreath (far right) as the Cubs’ Olivia Crozier and the Pacers’ Brooke Todd close in. Crozier goes to the basket (below) over Todd. The Cubs dominated the interior, scoring 34 of their 37 points on free throws or in the paint in the 37-2 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
POST PLAY: Madison’s Macky Hecox (above) rips a rebound away from Switzerland County’s Eve Galbreath (far right) as the Cubs’ Olivia Crozier and the Pacers’ Brooke Todd close in. Crozier goes to the basket (below) over Todd. The Cubs dominated the interior, scoring 34 of their 37 points on free throws or in the paint in the 37-2 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
As it turned out, the only thing that could stop Madison was a leaky ceiling.

The Lady Cubs, determined to show they deserve more respect than their preseason No. 11 ranking, ran away with a 37-2 whipping of Switzerland County in the season opener for both teams on Friday.

Madison held Switzerland scoreless through the first half and pushed the lead to 37-0 in the opening minutes of the third quarter.

The Pacers' Brooke Todd broke the shutout with 7:19 left in the third, just seconds before play was stopped due a leak in the duct work at the south end of the gym. After a delay of about 20 minutes, officials, in consultation with Switzerland County High School athletic director David Todd and both coaches, called the game.

"I'm disappointed," joked Switzerland coach Ashley Chase. "After we got that basket I thought we had all the momentum."

It actually took a few minutes before Madison got rolling. The Cubs managed only three baskets in the game's first four minutes and led only 6-0.

But as the game wore on, the Cubs heated up. Led by a dominating defensive effort, Madison throttled the Pacers into an 0-for-12 performance and 15 turnovers in the first half while blocking five shots.

"I think we were a little nervous to start off but once we got going we started to roll," Madison coach Willie Humes said.

Roll they did. Using a decided height and size advantage inside, the Cubs scored 34 of their 37 points either in the paint or at the free throw line. Macky Hecox powered her way to eight of her game-high 14 points in the opening quarter as Madison built a 17-0 lead.

The Cubs spread it out in the second quarter. Olivia Crozier scored 10 points and had eight rebounds, Whitney Wynn got loose for a pair of strong drives to the basket, and Hannah Bickers launched a 3-pointer from the left corner, Madison's lone points away from the hoop.

Six different players scored for Madison in the abbreviated game.

"We knew coming in that they were good," Chase said. "We wanted to come in and be competitive and play hard, win or lose, that's what we wanted to see."

As strong as the Cubs were offensively, it was the defense that was the difference. The Pacers resorted to just throwing the ball up toward the basket because they had little chance of getting off good shots.

"We worked hard on defense in the offseason because we know it is something we're going to need," Humes said. "And you saw it tonight with the way we were hitting the floor and getting at it. The girls understand what they need to do."

The one downside of the game for Madison was the apparent knee injury suffered by junior Ireland Falconberry. She came down awkwardly while pressing a Pacer player near the sideline but eventually walked out of the gym on her own power.

"My biggest concern is with Ireland right now," Humes said. "She's a big part of what we do and you hope she is OK. They said she walked out on her own so hopefully it's not serious but you never know."

Madison shot 51.4 percent (18-for-35) from the floor compared to just 1-of-14 (7.1 percent) for Switzerland. The Panthers also did not attempt a free throw while the Cubs were 4-of-6 from the line.

Both teams host South Dearborn in their next games. While Madison faces the Knights on Tuesday, Switzerland County plays Dearborn tonight.

"I'm a firm believer in what coach Cal says about a 24-hour rule. You have 24 hours then you erase it and it's gone," Chase said of the Kentucky coach. "We don't have that luxury because we have to play tomorrow but we have to let it go and move on."

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Friday's Madison-Switzerland Girls Boxscore

at Vevay

MADISON 37, SWITZERLAND CO. 2



MADISON 17 18 2 x - 37

SWITZERLAND 0 0 2 x - 2

(Game suspended in third qiarter

due to unplayable conditions)



MADISON (1-0) - (f)Hecox 14, (c)Crozier 10, (g)Cain 4, Wynn 4, Bickers 3, (f)Povaleri 2, (g)Jones 0, Falconberry 0, Holland 0, Thurnall 0.

SWITZERLAND CO. (0-1) - (f)Todd 2, (g)Ricketts 0, (g)Parham 0, (c)Galbreath 0, (f)White 0, O'Neal 0, Knokle 0, Coy 0.



3-Point Goals - Madison 1 (Bickers 1), Switzerland Co. 0. Rebounds - Madison 20 (Crozier 8), Switzerland Co. 11. Turnovers - Madison 11, Switzerland Co. 15. Total Fouls - Madison 5, Switzerland Co. 8. Free Throws - Madison 4-6, Switzerland Co. 0-0. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Madison hosts South Dearborn Tuesday. Switzerland Co. hosts South Dearborn tonight.