Lady Mustangs win first place


What a week it was for the Madisonville Lady Mustangs girls’ basketball team.

After placing third in the Disney Tournament just two weeks ago, the Lady Mustangs turned their attention to a tournament in Bryan where they would face more competition from high-power programs.

The Lady Mustangs didn’t flinch and had their way against Orangefield and Rosehill Christian School, as well as Class 3A Mount Vernon and Class 4A Diboll.

Madisonville won all five of its games in the tournament by an average of 17.8 points en route to the tournament title.

“I was extremely pleased with the way the ladies competed in this tournament,” said Head Coach Shana Taylor after the win. “Our defense, which is what I believe sets us apart, was stellar and consistent throughout every game we played. This tournament was competitive and always has been so for us to win it – it’s quite an accomplishment.”

In Thursday’s championship game, the Mustangs (17-3 overall) took on Westfield.

Madisonville won a close game, 55-51. Senior Tra’Dayja Smith poured in 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. Lexi Leveston continued her dominant play dropping a double-double in the championship game with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Defeating seven different schools, especially at their classification or higher, in a span of two weeks, the Mustangs’ confidence is riding high.

“I believe this win is a good motivator as we begin district play on Friday,” Taylor said.

The Mustangs return home Friday, Jan. 6, to host Fairfield. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.