Jade Nutley
Jade Nutley
Madison entered Tuesday night looking for any momentum they could find with the state tournament looming at the end of the month. The Cubs not only found what they were looking for, but in the process, picked up their best win of the season.

Sticking to the defensive game plan and knocking down clutch shots down the stretch, Madison picked up a 38-36 upset of Silver Creek in overtime at Salm Gymnasium. The victory, just the sixth of the season for the Cubs, coming against a Dragons team entering the night 10-6 on the year.

“I think this is a good win for us moving into sectional,” Madison head coach Sonja Bowyer said. “We really needed this win to show what we are capable of doing. We just need to pick this win up and run with it as we try to start getting ourselves ready for sectional time.”

Up 18-13 at halftime, Madison quickly lost its lead to open the second half but continued to fight as the two teams battled back-and-forth the rest of the way.

Daesja Jay hit a pair of free throws with 3:54 left in the fourth quarter to give the Cubs a 31-30 lead and Jay stepped up again after an Alyssa Wright free throw, drilling a bucket to put the Cubs up 33-31 at the 1:43 mark. The Dragons responded 30 seconds later when Savannah Kirchgessner sunk two free throws to tie the game.

Jade Nutley missed a buzzer beater for the win at the end of the fourth quarter but the sophomore along with Jay propelled the Cubs in the overtime period.

Kirchgessner opened overtime with a free throw, giving Silver Creek a one-point lead but Jay finally broke through with only 52 seconds left and buried a jumper just inside the arc. Madison came up with a steal soon after and the Dragons were forced to foul with 14 seconds to go, putting Nutley at the line for back-to-back trips.

Nutley put the game on ice, knocking down 3-of-4 tries at the line to put Madison up 38-34. Silver Creek missed three-straight attempts in the final 10 seconds before Wright hit an uncontested layup at the buzzer.

“We hit some key free throws that we needed to hit in the end,” Bowyer said of overtime. “We got a key rebound from Bailey Dyer there towards the end too. There was no fear in Daesja (Jay) tonight and she came up big as did Jade (Nutley) with those free throws in overtime.”

As big as the offense was coming up with points in the end, the most impressive aspect of Madison’s game was unquestionably its defense. Silver Creek scored well under its 52.6 points per game and was limited to just 13 points in the first half.

On top of that, Bailey Dyer turned a suffocating defensive performance of her own, holding Dragons’ leading scorer Jaclyn Emly to just four points. Kirchgessner stepped up to lead Silver Creek with 17 points but no other player scored more than five points.

“Our goal was to stop No. 15 (Jaclyn Emly),” Bowyer said of the defensive game plan. “Bailey Dyer did a heck of a job on her and all four of her points were in the first half. That was a big key to our success. We made other players have to try and prove to us that they could score. We were able to capitalize on some rebounds and get some shots on our end.”

Nutley finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds and Jay shared team-high scoring honors with 11. Lundun Perry, who paced Madison out to the lead early in the first half, finished with 9 points.

Madison (6-12) visits Corydon Central on Saturday afternoon.





SILVER CREEK 6 7 13 7 3 — 36

MADISON 9 9 7 8 5 — 38

SILVER CREEK (10-6) — (f)Kirchgessner 17, (f)K. Emly 5, (g)J. Emly 4, (g)Balz 4, (f)A. Wright 3, Sierota 3, Grimm 0, Hutchings 0, Leddon 0.

MADISON (6-12) — (c)Nutley 11, Jay 11, (g)Perry 9, (g)Young 3, (g)B. Dyer 2, (f)J. Dyer 2.

3-Point Goals — Silver Creek 2 (K. Emly 1, Sierota 1), Madison 2 (Jay 1, Young 1). Rebounds — Silver Creek 36 (A. Wright 10), Madison 36 (Nutley 12). Assists — Silver Creek 9 (Balz 3, Kirchgessner 3), Madison 8 (B. Dyer 4). Turnovers — Silver Creek 16, Madison 13. Total Fouls — Silver Creek 16, Madison 13. Free Throws — Silver Creek 6-9, Madison 6-11. Fouled Out — None.