Lady Mustangs split


The Lady Mustangs split a pair of close games last week, bringing their record to 17-9.

Madisonville barely outmatched Palestine on Friday, 37-36.

Junior point guard Tra’Dayja Smith led the team with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Mustangs came close to edging out Mexia earlier in the week but ended up falling to the Lady Cats, 41-38.

Sophomore Shakayla Burns scored 12 points and Smith put 10 points on the board. The win was in sight throughout the game, as Madisonville led by two points at the half. Both teams scored nine in the third quarter, but Mexia rounded out the game with 15 points in the final quarter, outscoring Madisonville’s 10.

“We didn’t start district play like we had hoped to,” said Head Coach Shana Taylor. “We knew this would be a tough game and a test for our development. We made the game too easy for Mexia with our turnovers.”

She added that the players “never really settled down in this game.”

“Mexia is a tough defensive team, and we, too, pride ourselves on defense,” Coach Taylor said. “The low-scoring game was indicative of the defensive strategies used. The good thing is we have time to work on it and get things right. I have a great group of young ladies who believe in hard work so I’m sure we will continue to improve.”

Smith and Latayvia Byrd lead in scoring for the season and Byrd leads the pack in rebounds. Smith has had 163 assists this season, and also leads the team in steals with 109.

The Lady Mustangs host Fairfield on Friday.

Jan. 15 vs. Palestine

Mville 7 14 5 11 -37

Palestine 5 5 13 13 -36

Individual leaders

Points: Tra’Dayja Smith 11; Shakayla Burns 8; Tyana Brown 8; Lexi Leveston 6; Latayvia Byrd 2; Zanavia Manning 2.

Rebounds: Tra’Dayja Smith 7; Shakayla Burns 9; Tyana Brown 2; Lexi Leveston 3; Latayvia Byrd 5; Kaylee Reynolds 2.

Assists: Tra’Dayja Smith 8; Shakayla Burns 1; Tyana Brown 3; Latayvia Byrd 1; Zanavia Manning 1.

Jan. 12 vs. Mexia

Mville 11 8 9 10 -38

Mexia 11 6 9 15 -41

Individual leaders

Points: Shakayla Burns 12; Tra’Dayja Smith 10; Latayvia Byrd 6; Zanavia Manning 6; Lexi Leveston 3; Tyana Brown 1.

Rebounds: Shakayla Burns 11; Tra’Dayja Smith 4; Latayvia Byrd 7; Zanavia Manning 4; Lexi Leveston 8; Tyana Brown 4.

Assists: Tra’Dayja Smith 4; Latayvia Byrd 1; Zanavia Manning 1; Lexi Leveston 2; Tyana Brown 1.