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No. 6 Cubs return to form in win over Creek
, Courier Sportswriter
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 10:00 AM
BOMBS AWAY: Madison’s Whitney Wynn (above, 20) congratulates teammate Delanie Jones after Jones banked in a 3-pointer from halfcourt at the end of the third quarter during Tuesday’s game at Salm Gym. Junior Alex Thurnall shoots a three (below) over Silver Creek’s Kira Jamros. Three days after going 0-for-23 on 3-pointers, the Lady Cubs hit six from long range in the 74-64 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Madison struggled shooting the ball in every conceivable way in a loss at Austin on Saturday. The Lady Cubs didn't have such problems on Tuesday.
Class 3A No. 6 Madison knocked down six 3-pointers, shot 44 percent from the floor overall and hit an astonishing 30 free throws in a 74-64 win over Silver Creek at Salm Gymnasium.
Those numbers were a far cry from the 25 percent shooting, 0-for-23 from behind the arc and 5-for-15 misfiring the Lady Cubs tallied against Austin on Saturday.
"We really wanted this game," said senior Hannah Cain, who led all scorers with 20 points. "We talked about just slowing down. We just weren't hitting any shots. So we said to just focus, put our arm through it and hit our shots and we'll be fine."
Madison (12-2) didn't exactly blow the Dragons away at the start although the Cubs did lead 12-5 after the first quarter.
It wasn't until late in the second that the Cubs finally knocked down a long-range shot. That 3-pointer came courtesy of junior Alex Thurnall, who hit a trey from the top of the arc with 2:33 left in the quarter just moments after Silver Creek had pulled within two (19-17).
Thurnall's basket seemed to finally lift the shooting funk off the Cubs. Cain followed with 3-pointers on Madison's next two possessions.
"I think it was just confidence in our head that we could hit the next one," Cain said.
Leading only 28-24 at halftime, Madison took control of the game in the third. Thurnall, Cain and Delanie Jones each hit 3-pointers and the Cubs outscored Silver Creek 22-12 in the period to take a 50-36 lead into the fourth.
The Dragons (11-5) opened the fourth with a three-point play by Alex Tinsley and Creek spent the rest of the quarter sending the Cubs to the free-throw line. The result was a nearly 40-minute quarter as Madison players slowly made the walk to the stripe to attempt two shots.
The Cubs were 20-for-29 from the line over the final eight minutes and hit only two shots from the floor. The ploy nearly worked however as the Dragons pulled to within four at 65-61 before Madison pulled away for the 10-point win.
"It's kind of hard knowing that they're going to foul you but you just have to have confidence that you can hit your free throws," said Cain, who was 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch. "That's what (coach Willie Humes) told us. He said you know they're going to foul you, you just have to be confident. So that's what we did."
Although Madison won the game by 10 points, the Cubs were not the dominating team they were earlier in the season. Sophomore Olivia Crozier, the team's leading scorer, had just eight points before fouling out and the Cubs seemed to be out of sorts at times on the court.
Humes gave credit to Silver Creek for much of his team's woes but also noted that with a total of 53 fouls called in the game, it was hard for either side to get much traction.
"We weren't as crisp as we have been but I think with all the touch fouls we couldn't get any rhythm," Humes said. "If they had let us play and I think we would have done much better than that."
Cain, who appears to be all the way back from a knee injury suffered right before Christmas, was 5-for-7 from the floor - including 3-for-5 on 3-pointers - and 7-for-8 from the line for 20 points.
"Hannah played very well. She wears that thing on her knee as a precaution but she looks like she's back," Humes said. "Good thing because she means a lot to us. She's my field general on the floor."
Macky Hecox finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and Thurnall had 10 points. Cadie Povaleri had six points and a team-high four assists and was credited with four deflections.
Tinsley led Silver Creek with 22 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out early in the fourth. In her place, Emily Clayton nearly led the Dragons to victory with a 16 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 19 total.
The Lady Cubs improved to 12-2 on the season for the fourth time in the program's history. Madison also started 12-2 in 1977-78, 1979-80 and 1996-97. That record represents the team's best record after 14 games.
Madison will attempt to join the 1979-80 and 1996-97 teams as the only ones to start 13-2 when it travels to Corydon Central on Saturday.
Despite the shining record and lofty ranking, the team still feels like there is room for improvement.
"We're getting there," Cain said. "We can still play better than what we did, but we're getting there."
TUESDAY'S GIRLS GAME
3A No. 6 MADISON 74,
SILVER CREEK 64
SILVER CREEK 5 19 12 28 - 64
MADISON 12 16 22 24 - 74
SILVER CREEK (11-5) - (g)Tinsley 22, (f)Clayton 19, (g)McFarland 11, Barnett 5, Scott 5, (g)Toby 2, (f)Jamros 0, Bennett 0, Mattingly 0.
MADISON (12-2) - (g)Cain 20, (f)Hecox 12, (f)Thurnall 10, (c)Crozier 8, Wynn 7, Povaleri 6, (g)Jones 5, Bickers 2, Holland 2, Hartman 2.
3-Point Goals - Silver Creek 7 (Clayton 4, McFarland 3), Madison 6 (Cain 3, Thurnall 2, Jones 1). Rebounds - Silver Creek 33 (Tinsley 14), Madison 32 (Crozier 10). Assists - Silver Creek 11 (McFarland 5), Madison 12 (Povaleri 4). Turnovers - Silver Creek 14, Madison 13. Total Fouls - Silver Creek 30, Madison 23. Free Throws - Silver Creek 23-28, Madison 30-44. Fouled Out - Silver Creek: Tinsley, Jamros. Madison: Crozier, Wynn. Technical Fouls - Silver Creek: Bench. Next Game - Silver Creek hosts Austin Saturday. Madison visits Corydon Saturday.
PHOTOS: No. 6 Cubs return to form in win over Creek
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