Madison’s Nick Center (34) takes a shot over Trinity Lutheran’s Lawson Woods (24) and Mitchell Hackman (32) during the Cubs’ 88-66 win on Saturday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison’s Nick Center (34) takes a shot over Trinity Lutheran’s Lawson Woods (24) and Mitchell Hackman (32) during the Cubs’ 88-66 win on Saturday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)

SEYMOUR — Madison rode the hot-shooting of Luke Miller and another outstanding offensive game by Mason Welsh to a dominating 88-66 win at Trinity Lutheran in boys basketball Saturday.

Miller went 5-for-7 from 3-point range and led all scorers with 21 points while Welsh, who had 21 in a loss to Southwestern, scored 20 points in a variety of different ways. Both were 8-of-11 shooting from the floor.

As a team, the Cubs shot 59 percent (36-of-61) from the floor and 9-of-18 from beyond the arc to erase the pain of the emotional loss to Class 2A No. 7 Southwestern on Wednesday in the annual Turkey Shootout.

“We knew that this game could go bad for us if we didn’t come in ready to play. Especially after that emotionally-charged game with Southwestern,” said Madison coach Sherron Wilkerson, who picked up his first win at the school. “The Turkey Shootout is always a big, big deal and we really had to crank it up.”

Madison (1-1) essentially won the game in the second quarter. After pulling away late in the first and going ahead 24-11, the Cubs built a 30-point lead late in the second on the strength of a 21-4 run fueled by 3-pointers that gave Madison a 47-17 lead.

But despite the big lead, the Cubs could never fully put the game away. Trinity Lutheran closed the first half in a 7-0 run and outscored Madison 18-2 over a five-minute span to cut the lead all the way down to 14 (49-35) with 4:25 left in the third period.

After a Wilkerson timeout, Madison answered with a 17-0 run to push the lead back to 31 late in the third but the Cougars came right back, pulling to within 15 (73-58) late in the fourth before the Cubs finally applied the knockout blow.

“Trinity is never out of a game with the way they shoot the ball,” Wilkerson said.

A big reason why the Cubs never truly gave up the lead was the shooting of its leaders. After a rough game on Wednesday, Miller roared back on Saturday and Welsh carried the Cubs with strong moves to the basket. In all, eight of the nine Madison players in uniform scored in the game with Luke Ommen getting 14 points and Kaden Oliver and Andrew Scroggins scoring nine points each.

“Luke Miller is one of our biggest contributers, on both sides of the floor. We kept telling him that you’re going to have games where it just doesn’t go into the hole and it just so happened that it came in the Turkey Shootout,” Wilkerson said. “He did a really, really good job tonight of responding and letting that go. He’s one of our best shooters on the team and he’s got to shoot the ball. I told him, coach will decide when you’ve shot enough shots. If you’re open, you’ve got to let it fly.

“Mason Welsh was in a tough spot. He’s had three coaches in four years and most seniors would tune the new coach out. But he’s probably been our biggest supporter and it’s made it really easy to reach the other guys,” Wilkerson said. “It’s made this transition so much easier.”

Tyler Goecker led Trinity with 18 points while Hudson Norton scored 13. As a team, the Cougars hit 10 3-pointers in the contest.

Each of the Cubs’ first two games of the season were on the road and Madison will stay away from home this weekend when it opens Hoosier Hills Conference play at Jennings County Friday. The Cubs then head to sectional foe Corydon Saturday.

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BOYS BASKEBALL

Saturday at Seymour

MADISON 88, TRINITY LUTHERAN 66

 

MADISON 24 23 19 22 88

TRINITY 11 13 14 28 66

 

MADISON (1-1) — Miller 21, Welsh 20, Ommen 14, Oliver 9, Scroggins 9, Center 8, Jones 5, Ferguson 2, Roark 0.

 

TRINITY LUTHERAN (0-2) — Goecker 18, Norton 13, Rowe 10, Marksberry 8, Hackman 6, Voelker 6, Sawyer 3, Woods 2, Williams 0.

 

3-Point Goals — Madison 9 (Miller 5, Oliver 1, Welsh 1, Jones 1, Scroggins 1), Trinity Lutheran 10 (Norton 3, Goecker 2, Rowe 2, Sawyer 1, Voelker 1). Rebounds — Madison 33 (Welsh 7, Center 7, Jones 7), Trinity Lutheran 24 (Goecker 7, Marksberry 7). Assists — Madison 22 (Ommen 7), Trinity Lutheran 8 (Goecker 3, Marksberry 3). Turnovers — Madison 11, Trinity Lutheran 11. Total Fouls — Madison 18, Trinity Lutheran 15. Free Throws — Madison 7-12, Trinity Lutheran 13-19. Fouled Out — None.