Bell Winners: Madison’s girls basketball team is pictured  with the Victory Bell including (from left) — Delanie Jones, Whitney Wynn, Ireland Falconberry, Hannah Bickers, Cadie Povaleri, Alex Thurnall, Hannah Cain, Emily Holland, Macky Hecox and Olivia Crozier. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Bell Winners: Madison’s girls basketball team is pictured with the Victory Bell including (from left) — Delanie Jones, Whitney Wynn, Ireland Falconberry, Hannah Bickers, Cadie Povaleri, Alex Thurnall, Hannah Cain, Emily Holland, Macky Hecox and Olivia Crozier. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Southwestern coach Kenny Garrett knew his undersized Rebels were going to have a hard time containing Madison's Olivia Crozier.

He was right.

Crozier, the Lady Cubs' dynamic 6-foot-1 sophomore center, had a game of a lifetime to lead ninth-ranked Madison to a dominating 81-43 win to reclaim the Victory Bell in their annual Turkey Shootout series on Wednesday.

Crozier was 11-for-13 from the floor for a game-high 23 points and added 18 rebounds, seven blocks and five steals in one of the more impressive all-around games seen in the area in some time.

And she wasn't simply static. Whether posting up the smaller Rebels or running the floor in a fast break, Crozier produced points seemingly every time she touched the ball.

"She had 23 points but she does a lot more than that," Garrett said. "She probably had four assists from just kicking the ball back out. She demands a lot of attention and when we put two girls on her that leaves somebody open and they can all score.

"You've got to give up something to get something and we were going to take our chances with them shooting 3s rather than layups but Crozier's a nice player and she got a lot of offensive rebounds."

With Crozier controlling the middle, the rest of the Lady Cubs were free to roam the floor at will. Junior Whitney Wynn was nearly as impressive as her teammate with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. All nine players in uniform for Madison scored as the Cubs shot 50 percent from the floor (32-for-64).

"That's what we wanted to do. We wanted to get it inside to Lib because we didn't think they could stop her," Madison coach Willie Humes said. "She had a really great game. I told her afterwards if she could do that all the time we'd be in pretty good shape."

Madison (4-0) dominated the game from the opening tip. The Cubs jumped out to a 12-2 lead midway through the opening quarter and led 20-7 after one.

Southwestern (0-5) was unable to keep up but it wasn't for a lack of effort. The Rebels hung around for much of the second quarter before Madison eased out to a 45-25 halftime cushion.

The biggest problem for Southwestern was its lack of size in the face of a much taller Madison lineup. With no player taller than 5-foot-10, the Rebels had a hard time matching up against the bigger - and more athletic - Cubs.

"We play hard but we're undersized," Garrett said. "I don't know but they probably got 20 offensive rebounds tonight and they probably had 25 post passes, but other than getting good ball pressure on the wings and trying to front them the best you can, there's not much else you can do against a team with size like Madison. And when your weakside is 5-3 they can lob over you."

Despite the 20-point halftime lead Madison didn't fully take control of the game until the third quarter. Crozier scored 10 of her points during the stanza, all on layups.

The Cubs won the third quarter 20-7 and that was more than enough to put the game away.

"I knew they were going to come right at me so I had to brace myself and during the first half I was bringing my rebounds down weak and I was letting the little girls take it from me," Crozier said. "So I started just ripping them out and when I started doing that, my momentum just started going."

Crozier added five more points in the fourth as Madison pushed its lead to 70-32 midway into the quarter. The two teams played even from there on for the final margin.

"We set a goal at halftime of scoring a hundred points," Crozier said. "We didn't get it but I think it made us play harder."

If there was a black-eye on the game it was the number of fouls that were called. A total of 52 fouls were whistled in the game and the two teams combined to shoot 62 free throws. Neither team shot the ball well from the line as both hit at 50 percent.

"I think the fouls kept Southwestern in the game," Humes said. "It was hard for us to get anything going and they were able to get points at the line."

Two Cubs and one Rebel fouled out but Crozier said the quick whistles didn't bother her much.

"I wasn't too worried about it. I knew they were calling them so I made sure to keep my arms up and show what I was doing," Crozier said. "I had three fouls and I can't argue with any of them. I know I fouled because I could feel it."

If there was one thing Crozier could quibble about, it was free-throw shooting. Madison was 14-for-28 while Crozier herself was just 1-of-6.

"The one thing I have to work on his free throws," she said. "I made one out of however many. I have to do better."

Seven different players scored for Southwestern with 5-foot-9 senior center Morgan Mahoney making double-digits with 11. Mahoney also had eight rebounds.

Sophomore Debbie Hardy had nine points off the bench and Savannah Hubbard scored seven. Point guard Cass Lawson braved the Madison pressure defense to dish out five assists while grabbing three steals and scoring two points.

"I thought Cass (Lawson) played a great game. She really kept her head up and handled their pressure," Garrett said. "We've played five games and I'd take her as my point guard against anybody. She's worked her butt off and she sees the floor well.

"I thought Morgan (Mahoney) and Debbie (Hardy) worked hard inside but they were so undersized," Garrett added. "But I kept telling our kids to feed the post because that was our only chance is to get in there and get some of them in foul trouble. I thought if we could get Crozier out of the game we might not win but it was sure going to help."

Madison dished out 23 assists on its 32 made field goals. Delanie Jones had seven assists and three steals, Alex Thurnall had five assists and Hannah Cain had four assists and 10 points. Sophomore Emily Holland had eight points and eight rebounds.

Both teams return to action next week with conference games at home. Southwestern hosts Shawe on Friday, Nov. 30 as part of another boys-girls doubleheader while Madison takes on Floyd Central on Tuesday.

The Madison-Floyd game could turn out to be a doozy. The Highlanders have beaten both Scottsburg and Seymour in the past week and will be looking for revenge after falling to Madison by 23 points last season.

"Floyd is good this year and we'll have to be ready," Humes said. "They've already got a couple of nice wins and they have a new coach this year. We have to play well."

"We're 4-0 but we can't rest on what we've done," Crozier said. "We kind of got a big head last year and Corydon hammered us. We know that we have to be ready to play every time."



at Madison

3A No. 9 MADISON 81,


SOUTHWESTERN 7 18 7 11 - 43

MADISON 20 25 20 16 - 81

SOUTHWESTERN (0-5) - (c)Mahoney 11, Hardy 9, (f)Hubbard 7, Brawner 6, (f)Courtney 6, (g)Lawson 2, Ison 2, (f)C. McKinley 0.

MADISON (4-0) - (c)Crozier 23, Wynn 21, (g)Cain 10, Holland 8, (f)Hecox 7, (f)Povaleri 4, Bickers 4, (g)Jones 2, Thurnall 2.

3-Point Goals - Southwestern 2 (Hubbard 1, Hardy 1), Madison 3 (Cain 3). Rebounds - Southwestern 21 (Mahoney 8), Madison 45 (Crozier 18). Assists - Southwestern 9 (Lawson 5), Madison 23 (Jones 7). Turnovers - Southwestern 26, Madison 22. Total Fouls - Southwestern 23, Madison 29. Free Throws - Southwestern 17-34, Madison 14-28. Fouled Out - Southwestern: Courtney. Madison: Povaleri, Bickers. Next Game - Southwestern hosts Shawe Nov. 30. Madison hosts Floyd Central Tuesday.