Madison’s Quenton White, Alex Weaver and Scott King (above, from left) celebrate from the bench after watching teammate Tanner Sauley sink a 3-pointer late in the Cubs’ 76-54 win at Scottsburg on Friday. Senior Landon Perry eludes the defense of Scottsburg’s Cameron Schmidt (23) as he glides into the basket for two points. Perry led all scorers with 30 points in the Cubs’ fourth-straight win. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison’s Quenton White, Alex Weaver and Scott King (above, from left) celebrate from the bench after watching teammate Tanner Sauley sink a 3-pointer late in the Cubs’ 76-54 win at Scottsburg on Friday. Senior Landon Perry eludes the defense of Scottsburg’s Cameron Schmidt (23) as he glides into the basket for two points. Perry led all scorers with 30 points in the Cubs’ fourth-straight win. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
SCOTTSBURG - Madison beat Scottsburg at its own game, running and gunning to a 76-54 win in boys basketball Friday on the road.

The Warriors' up-tempo style played right into the Cubs' wheelhouse as Madison was more than willing to get up and down the floor.

Madison used a 15-2 rally in the second quarter to seize control and then blew open the game with a 22-5 third quarter. The Cubs led by as many as 31 before settling into the 22-point victory.

"Scottsburg we know can run up and down the floor. We wanted to stop their transition game," said Madison senior Landon Perry, who led all scorers with 30 points. "What we did was out-run them. They had the press, we handled it well. We had a few turnovers but overall we played very well."

Madison (6-1) has won games this season with several different styles of play. Friday the Cubs showcased arguably their most effective offense on the Warriors' homecoming.

Even without the services of junior point guard Nick Macon, who missed the game with a sore back, the Cubs turned the ball over just 11 times while forcing 22 turnovers by Scottsburg. Madison also shot a whopping 53.6 percent (30-for-56) from the floor, all while navigating the Warrior press.

"Our bigs can get up and down the floor very well and of course our guards love to penetrate and kick," Perry said. "We played an all-around great game tonight."

The two teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter with five lead changes over the game's first seven minutes. Scottsburg's last lead came with 1:12 left in the first when Seth Helton hit a short jumper to put the Warriors up 13-12.

Alex Weaver answered for Madison and Perry hit the second of his four 3-pointers to give the Cubs the lead for good. A Carson Wattenbarger basket with two seconds left put Madison ahead 19-15 after one.

The Cubs scored the first eight points of the second quarter to go ahead by 12 and Perry scored Madison's final 10 points of the half to stake the Cubs to a 41-31 lead at the break.

Without Macon, who is second on the team in scoring at 15 points per game on the floor, the scoring onus fell to Perry and the senior responded with ease. The four-year starter scored 21 points in the first half and finished with 30 points overall on 12-of-21 shooting to go with six rebounds, four assists and five steals.

"He's really worked really hard over the summer. When he gets his feet set, he's a good shooter," Madison coach Pat King said. "He can light it up if he needs to and the nice thing was that our kids were so unselfish tonight. They found him, they knew he had the hot hand. And Landon had assists. The only reason why he didn't have more was that we missed shots."

"My teammates are great. We don't have any selfish players on this team," Perry said. "We share the ball very well."

Madison put the game away in the third quarter. King inserted Kyle Tucker into the lineup to start the half and went smal. The result was a dominating quarter of basketball as Perry scored seven points and Wattenbarger two whiel the Cubs pulled ahead 50-35 with 5:09 left.

After point guard Cameron Schmidt hit a free throw for the Warriors, Madison closed the quarter on a 14-0 run, capped by a Quenton White free throw when the junior forced a foul with a shot at the buzzer. The Cubs took a 64-36 lead into the fourth.

"We went with four smalls with (Scott) King as our four man and put Kyle Tucker along with Willie (Huffman) and Landon and boy, did it work," coach King said. "I don't know why. It's a lineup we use during practice, we experiment with those. But for some reason, that was the one. We rolled the dice and there it was."

Madison pushed its lead to 31 on two different occasions in the fourth before Scottsburg closed the game on a 16-7 run to pull within 22 at the final horn.

For King, one of the keys to the win was Madison's depth. Even without Macon, the Cub coach ran eight players in and out of the game all night and eventually wore the Warriors down.

"We felt like Scottsburg was only six deep and whenever Schmidt came off the floor we went right after that next ball-handler and that shortened his time on the bench," King said. "I don't think people realize but when you mess with the other coach's substitution pattern, it can really pay dividends. You might not see it in the first or second quarter, but eventually, you can wear them down."

Along with Perry's big scoring game, Wattenbarger scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and had seven rebounds and three assists. Huffman had six assists and just one turnover from the point guard position.

Scottsburg (5-4) was just 19-of-52 (36.5 percent) for the game. The Warriors were led by Schmidt and Helton with14 points each. Christian Evans added 11.

Thanks the winter weather postponements, Madison has played just seven games in the first seven weeks of the season but the Cubs will get a chance to be much busier in the coming weeks. Madison travels to Jennings County on Tuesday and hosts New Albany on Friday.

"The layoff has hurt at times. We've never gone through anything like that before," Perry said. "But we're playing a college schedule now and we have two big conference games next week. We're playing well but we've got to stay humble and keep doing what we've been doing well."

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FRIDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Scottsburg

MADISON 76, SCOTTSBURG 54



MADISON 19 22 22 13 - 76

SCOTTSBURG 15 16 5 18 - 54



MADISON (6-1) - (g)Perry 30, (f)Wattenbarger 15, Tucker 8, Sauley 8, (c)Manaugh 8, Weaver 4, (g)Huffman 2, White 1, (f)King 0, Stewart 0, Bilz 0.

SCOTTSBURG (5-4) - (g)Schmidt 14, Helton 14, (f)Evans 11, (c)Barrett 8, (f)Hardin 4, Soloe 3, Barber 0, Meagher 0, (g)Boswell 0, Hunger 0.



3-Point Goals - Madison 6 (Perry 4, Sauley 2), Scottsburg 5 (Helton 2, Schmidt 1, Evans 1, Soloe 1). Rebounds - Madison 30 (Wattenbarger 7), Scottsburg 32 (Barrett 8). Assists - Madison 20 (Huffman 6), Scottsburg 11 (Boswell 3). Turnovers - Madison 11, Scottsburg 22. Total Fouls - Madison 12, Scottsburg 13. Free Throws - Madison 10-14, Scottsburg 11-12. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Madison visits Jennings Co. Tuesday. Scottsburg visits North Harrison tonight.