Madison’s Jade Nutley (above, with ball) works her way through the Silver Creek defense of Savannah Kirchgessner (33) and Jaclyn Emly along with teammate Taylor Lynch (34) during Tuesday’s game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison’s Jade Nutley (above, with ball) works her way through the Silver Creek defense of Savannah Kirchgessner (33) and Jaclyn Emly along with teammate Taylor Lynch (34) during Tuesday’s game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
SELLERSBURG — Silver Creek used a red-hot shooting performance from behind the arc to pull away for a 70-55 win over Madison in girls basketball Tuesday in Sellersburg.

The Dragons connected on 12 of their 20 attempts from long range, a shooting display that was simply too much for Madison to match.

“There’s not much we can do when they’re 12-for-20 from the 3-point line,” Madison coach Sonja Bowyer said. “They’re a great team and they were hitting today. They probably could have drop-kicked it backwards and it would have gone in. But we can’t play like we did in the first half against a team like that. We were able to play four quarters against Brownstown (last week) and we only played two quarters today. That’s something we’ve got to get better at.”

Madison stunned a 14-win Brownstown squad on the road last week and was hoping to do the same against Silver Creek, which came into the game sporting a 13-3 record and ranked ninth in Class 3A.

The Cubs did their best to hang with the Dragons, trailing only 10-9 late in the first quarter but a quick 10-0 run staked Silver Creek to a 20-9 lead and it never looked back.

The catalyst for the Dragon run was the outside shot. Silver Creek hit only one trey in the first quarter but banged in five in the second to build a 37-21 lead at the half.

A comeback of that size against an opponent like Silver Creek is nearly impossible but the Cubs came close to getting back into the game. After the Dragons pushed the lead to 22 (52-30) in the third quarter — on three more 3-pointers — Madison answered with a 9-0 run that pulled them to within 13 before Creek closed the quarter with three-straight points.

Madison again chipped away and got the margin down to 12 (63-51) with 4:33 to go and had the ball, but the Cubs could never get the margin to under double-digits. Silver Creek closed the game on a 7-4 run.

For Bowyer, the key was the way her team finished and she hopes to build on those final two quarters as the Cubs come down the stretch toward the sectional.

“We want to look at the positives and one of the biggest positives was that we won the second half by one point,” Bowyer said. “We proved that we can play with teams like this. We just need to get better and putting together four solid quarters.”

Six-foot-1 junior all-star candidate Jade Nutley was nearly unstoppable in the second half for Madison, scoring 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds to lead her team. Senior Paige Young added 15 points to the Cubs’ effort.

Alana Stiverson hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Silver Creek. Emme Rooney hit a pair of treys and scored 14, Kynidi Stiverson had 13 points and Jaclyn Emly had 10. Kynidi Stiverson came close to recording a triple-double, adding 13 rebounds and nine assists. She also had five steals.

Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor with Madison hitting exactly half of its 23 shots and Creek hitting 26-of-49. The difference was the Dragons’ 36-12 lead in points from behind the arc.

Madison, now 10-7 on the season, faces sectional foes in its next two games. The Cubs host Corydon on Thursday and travels to Scottsburg on Tuesday.

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at Sellersburg

3A No. 9 SILVER CREEK 70, MADISON 55



MADISON 9 12 18 16 — 55

SILVER CREEK 12 25 18 15 — 70



MADISON (10-7) — Nutley 24, Young 15, Perry 8, Jay 5, Lynch 3, Dyer 0, Jay 0, Watson 0, Ferguson 0.

SILVER CREEK (14-3) — A. Stiverson 22, Rooney 14, K. Stiverson 13, Emly 10, Grimm 6, Kirchgessner 5, Wilkinson 0.



3-Point Goals — Madison 4 (Young 3, Jay 1), Silver Creek 12 (A. Stiverson 4, Emly 2, Rooney 2, Grimm 2, K. Stiverson 1, Kirchgessner 1). Rebounds — Madison 24 (Nutley 8), Silver Creek 27 (K. Stiverson 13). Assists — Madison 16 (Lynch 5), Silver Creek 17 (K. Stiverson 9). Turnovers — Madison 18, Silver Creek 15, Total Fouls — Madison 10, Silver Creek 10. Free Throws — Madison 5-9, Silver Creek 6-9. Fouled Out — None.