Lady Mustangs split


The Madisonville Lady Mustangs split a pair of District games this week and moved to 10-11 overall on the season.

The first game of the week was supposed to take place on Tuesday, but was moved to Wednesday due to weather.

Wednesday's road date with Athens saw the Mustangs hold the Hornets under double digit points for three out of four quarters in the 50-41 victory. The Hornets hit their stride with 18 in the final quarter to Madisonville's 11, but it was too little too late.

Madisonville was able to hold Athens to 9 in each of the first two quarters and a lowly 4 in the third.

"As always, the girls are fighting," said head Madisonville basketball coach Shana Taylor. "I knew we were going to have some growing pains as we begin District play, but I'm extremely pleased with our progress thus far."

Shakayla Burns led the way for the Mustangs with 16 points on the night, closely followed by Khyra Cooper with 13. Tylisea Roundtree was third in scoring for Madisonville with 11 points, but she also led the team with 8 rebounds, 5 of which were on the offensive side of the court. Latayvia Byrd led the way with 5 assists and 4 steals.

Friday's home showdown with Mexia didn't go as smoothly for Madisonville. The Mustangs went back-and-forth went the Black Cats throughout the night but were edged out at the end, 59-55.

Roundtree and Burns led the way with 15 points apiece and the two combined for 12 rebounds overall. Cooper was right behind her teammates with 11 points of her own while Byrd led the team with 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

"Despite the loss, I'm very pleased overall with our progress so far," said Taylor. "In order for us to continually get better and find success moving forward, we will have to minimize unforced errors above all else. If we do that, we should be just fine."

Madisonville had a chance for redemption last night with another home, district battle. This time, the Mustangs hosted Fairfield. The Mustangs were looking for revenge on the Eagles, who won the home matchup between the two teams 48-46 on Jan. 5.

The rematch with Fairfield will mark the second-to-last home game of the season for the Mustangs. They will battle Palestine on the road on Friday night before enjoying their last bye of the season the following Tuesday. The last home game will take place against Athens on Feb. 2 and the season concludes in Mexia on Feb. 6.