From beginning to end, the Madisonville girls took care of business on Friday night, disposing of Athens 45-35. The Lady Mustangs took control early, building a 12-5 lead after one quarter.
“We played defense – we played defense really well,” said Head Coach Shana Taylor. “That defense was the key to our fast start. We pressed, played a lot of zone and really buckled down. I was subbing five players at a time so we could really keep our defensive intensity with fresh bodies.”
Athens battled back, in the second though, outscoring Madisonville 11-7 as the Lady Mustangs led 19-16 at the half. In the third quarter, Madisonville took the fight right back to the Hornets, going on a 14-8 run, spurred mainly by the defense.
“We played a lot more man to man,” Taylor said. “As a team we don’t want to be predictable, or stagnant defensively, we want to keep teams guessing.”
Shakayla Burns recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tra’dayja Smith had 14 points and led the team in assists with four. Lexi Leveston had 12 points, nine rebounds and five steals and Zanavia Lewis had three points in the win.
“Burns, Leveston and Smith have to score big numbers for us,” Taylor said. “Those three really set the tone for our team offensively.”
Madisonville improved to 24-3 on the season and remains undefeated in district. Playoffs are set to start early next week.