GOING UP: Madison’s Luke Ommen fires over Lawrenceburg’s Zach Mollaun (23) and Kamar Chenault (22) during the Cubs’ road game on Thursday. Madison’s offense struggled for the second-straight game but the Cubs came away with the 54-48 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
GOING UP: Madison’s Luke Ommen fires over Lawrenceburg’s Zach Mollaun (23) and Kamar Chenault (22) during the Cubs’ road game on Thursday. Madison’s offense struggled for the second-straight game but the Cubs came away with the 54-48 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
LAWRENCEBURG — Madison’s scoring woes continued for a second-straight game on Thursday but this time the Cubs found a way to pull out the win.

Two days after posting its worst scoring night in more than half a century, Madison once again found points hard to come by, managing just 33 through three quarters against Lawrenceburg.

But the Cubs clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter and finally got some shots to fall to pull away to a 54-48 win on the road.

“It was good to hang on and get a ‘W,’” Madison coach Mark McFarland said. “We’re trying to get better about closing out games and staying ahead and fight to get a ‘W.’ In the past we’ve lost some of these games and now we’re starting to win them. We lost to Scottsburg but we didn’t lose this one and (Lawrenceburg) has some really good players.”

The Cubs managed just 22 points in a 42-point loss to Class 4A No. 4 Floyd Central on Tuesday, their lowest point total since a 17-16 overtime loss to Scottsburg in the 1955 sectional tournament.

There were no indications early that Madison would struggle again on Thursday. The Cubs jumped out to an 8-0 lead less than three minutes into the game, jumped ahead 13-3 and eclipsed Tuesday’s point total by the midway point of the second quarter.

“I thought we were going to roll because when we get going like that we’re usually really good,” McFarland said. “That was our focus, getting off to a fast start. And we did that.”

But Madison cooled quickly and Lawrenceburg took advantage, pulling to within 25-17 at halftime and 33-31 after three quarters.

Madison found itself trailing for the first time early in the fourth quarter and the contest was still tied at 38-38 after a Carson Livingston basket with four minutes to play.

But the Cubs responded with a quick five-point burst to finally get some breathing room. Mason Welsh powered his way to the basket, was fouled and completed the three-point play. After the Tigers missed a shot on the other end, Luke Ommen put in an easy layup to psh Madison ahead 43-38 with 2:44 left in the game.

Lawrenceburg (7-10) didn’t go away, eventually pulling within 47-45 on an Adam Burd 3-pointer with 54.8 seconds to go. Another quick Madison burst, capped by a Luke Miller three-point play, gave the Cubs a 52-45 lead with 28 seconds left.

Gavin Yoon knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end for the Tigers, but free throws by Cooper Yancey and Miller, coupled with steals by Miller and Welsh, finally sealed the win.

Madison finished the game 14-for-18 from the free-throw line, including 11-for-14 in the fourth quarter.

“We were able to close it out at the free-throw line which was good to see,” McFarland said. “There were some real positives out there. We played good defense in the first half but relaxed in the second half. But we came out on top and we can learn from winning.”

After shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half, Madison cooled off to 41 percent in the second, including only 4-of-11 in the third quarter. The Cubs struggled the most behind the 3-point arc, hitting only two of their 28 attempts.

Yancey scored 16 points to lead the Cubs while Welsh had 15 and Miller added 11. Ommen scored five points and had seven rebounds.

Gavin Yoon scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Lawrenceburg, which shot 41 percent (16-of-39) from the floor and turned the ball over 13 times to just eight by Madison.

Thursday’s game was the fourth in a stretch of six games over 13 days for the Cubs. Madison returns home to host Class 3A No. 2 Greensburg on Saturday for homecoming. The game will be the Cubs’ third against a top five team this season, joining games against current Class 2A No. 1 Southwestern and Floyd Central on Tuesday.

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THURSDAY’S BOYS GAME

at Lawrenceburg

MADISON 54, LAWRENCEBURG 48



MADISON 13 12 8 21 — 54

LAWRENCEBURG 8 9 14 17 — 48



MADISON (11-7) — (g)Yancey 16, (f)Welsh 15, (g)Miller 11, (f)Ommen 5, Livingston 3, Center 2, Humes 2, (g)Holt 0, Falconberry 0.

LAWRENCEBURG (7-10) — (f)Gav. Yoon 12, (g)Gar. Yoon 9, Burd 7, (f)Mollaun 6, (f)Roth 5, Heidorn 4, Flannery 3, Chenault 2, (g)McCool 0.



3-Point Goals — Madison 2 (Miller 1, Yancey 1), Lawrenceburg 6 (Gar. Yoon 3, Burd 2, Roth 1). Rebounds — Madison 26 (Miller 7), Lawrenceburg 26 (Mollaun 7). Assists — Madison 13 (Center 4, Holt 4), Lawrenceburg 11 (McCool 4). Turnovers — Madison 8, Lawrenceburg 13. Total Fouls — Madison 16, Lawrenceburg 20. Free Throws — Madison 14-18, Lawrenceburg 10-14. Fouled Out — Madison: Center. Lawrenceburg: Gar. Yoon.