BASKET TIME: Madison junior Delanie Jones (with ball) goes to the hoop against New Albany’s Brianne Nixon during Thursday’s game at home. Jones, who missed a month with an arm injury, returned to the lineup on Thursday and had five points in the fifth-ranked Cubs’ 68-57 Hoosier Hills Conference win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
BASKET TIME: Madison junior Delanie Jones (with ball) goes to the hoop against New Albany’s Brianne Nixon during Thursday’s game at home. Jones, who missed a month with an arm injury, returned to the lineup on Thursday and had five points in the fifth-ranked Cubs’ 68-57 Hoosier Hills Conference win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison shook off its own rust and overcame a huge scoring night by New Albany's Tanner Marcum to pull away for a 68-57 win Thursday at Salm Gym.

Marcum torched the Lady Cubs for 38 points, 18 of which came in the fourth quarter in a desperate attempt to bring her team back from a 14-point deficit. Along the way, the 5-foot-8 senior notched her 1,000th-career point and garnered a standing ovation from the Madison faithful.

"(Marcum) is a heck of a player," Madison coach Willie Humes said. "We sent her to the line a lot but she knocked down nearly every shot she took. But that's OK as long as nobody else scores and we get the win."

Madison, ranked fifth in Class 3A, hadn't played a competitive game in more than two weeks and the rust was noticeable in the early going.

The Lady Cubs (11-1, 5-1 Hoosier Hills) turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter alone and had 12 turnovers by halftime. Madison also had trouble executing its half-court offense with precision.

But New Albany (5-7, 1-2 HHC) was just 7-of-14 from the free-throw line in the first quarter and ended up committing 10 turnovers of its own in the first half. As a result, Madison led 14-12 after one quarter and 28-23 at halftime.

It was the third quarter where the Cubs took control of the game. Cadie Povaleri opened the frame with a short jumper, then hit another shot when she flipped the ball up over her head while being fouled. The senior had another layup and knocked down a 3-pointer for a nine-point quarter.

Sophomore Olivia Crozier, who was battling the flu, followed Povaleri's first two scores with a three-point play and Whitney Wynn added a pair of free throws as Madison pushed its advantage to 41-27 with 2:08 left in the third. The Cubs still led 44-31 heading into the final quarter.

"We always play well in the third. I just wish we would play like that in the first quarter as well," Humes said. "But it seems like we need a little time to settle down before taking over the game."

Madison appeared to be in complete control in the fourth. Freshman Katie Hartman hit two free throws and Wynn added one as Madison built its biggest lead of the night at 47-33 with 7:15 to play.

But Marcum made sure the Bulldogs did not go quietly. She started the New Albany rally with a pair of free throws and, after a Brianne Nixon bucket, Marcum scored her team's next 14 points.

Marcum did her damage in a variety of ways. She hit one 3-pointer during the run and drove to the hoop for four other baskets. She was also 3-of-4 from the foul line - part of a 14-for-16 overall performance from the stripe.

Marcum's heroics pulled New Albany to within four (53-49) with four minutes to play but the Bulldogs got no closer. Hannah Cain hit a pair of free throws and Wynn converted a steal into a fast-break basket and just like that the lead was back to eight.

After a Marcum basket, Crozier hit a turnaround jumper and Wynn knocked down a pair of free throws. Crozier then sealed the win with blocks on back-to-back possessions that finally put New Albany away.

"We knew we had to stop (Marcum) and that was our key," Humes said. "But we also had to make some plays down the stretch. Those two blocks by Crozier were huge."

Wynn was 4-for-8 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free-throw line to lead Madison with 16 points. Crozier had an impressive line of 13 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and four blocks. Povaleri also had 13 points while Cain, who is still recovering from a bruised knee bone, had four points and a game-high four assists.

All 10 Madison players in uniform scored in the win and the Cubs shot 50 percent (20-for-40) from the floor, 4-for-9 (44 percent) from 3-point range and 24-for-32 (75 percent) from the line.

Marcum was 11-for-15 overall from the floor, 2-for-2 on 3-pointers and 14-for-16 from the foul line to account for her 38 points. She also had four rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Nixon added 10 points for New Albany, which shot 49 percent (18-for-37) for the game.

The win pushed Madison's record to 11-1, tied for the program's best mark after 12 games with the 1979-80 and 1996-97 teams. It was also the Cubs' fifth win in the Hoosier Hills Conference, tying the 1979-80 and 1990-91 teams for the most ever.

The game was the start of a five-game stretch for Madison over the next three weeks which will be the team's toughest of the regular season.

Next up for the Cubs is a trip to Class 2A No. 9 Austin (10-3) on Saturday, followed by games against Silver Creek (10-4), at Corydon Central (9-5), Class 3A No. 10 Scottsburg (9-2) and at Columbus East (7-5).

"These next four or five games are going to be very tough. Of course we're only looking ahead to Austin," Humes said. "We need to get through these next couple of games before the big one with Scottsburg. If we get through these games unscathed, it will say a lot about us."

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THURSDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Madison

3A No. 5 MADISON 68,

NEW ALBANY 57



NEW ALBANY 12 11 8 26 - 57

MADISON 14 14 16 24 - 68



NEW ALBANY (5-7, 1-2 HHC) - (g)Marcum 38, (f)Nixon 10, (c)Shine 3, (g)Camm 2, (f)Hirsch 2, Bell 2, Atkins 0, Iglesias 0.

MADISON (11-1, 5-1 HHC) - Wynn 16, (c)Crozier 13, (f)Povaleri 13, Hartman 6, Jones 5, (g)Cain 4, (g)Thurnall 3, (f)Hecox 3, Bickers 3, Holland 2.



3-Point Goals - New Albany 3 (Marcum 2, Shine 1), Madison 4 (Thurnall 1, Povaleri 1, Jones 1, Bickers 1). Rebounds - New Albany 19 (Hirsch 6), Madison 25 (Crozier 16). Assists - New Albany 6 (Marcum 3), Madison 18 (Cain 4). Turnovers - New Albany 17, Madison 19. Total Fouls - New Albany 22, Madison 20. Free Throws - New Albany 18-28, Madison 24-32. Fouled Out - New Albany: Shine. Next Game - New Albany hosts Floyd Central Saturday. Madison visits Austin Saturday.