Madisonville knocks out foes early


There aren’t many guarantees in sports, but the Madisonville Mustangs girls’ basketball team remains the safest bet. Madisonville defeated Athens 59-29 on Tuesday, extending its winning streak to 10 games. The Lady Mustangs led 24-8 with 3:30 to go in the second quarter thanks to back-to-back steals by Zanavia Lewis late in the period.

“Zanavia is a star in her role,” said Head Coach Shana Taylor of the starting guard. “She has matured into a player that I am most proud of. Her role on this team is quietly dynamic and explosive. Her impact isn’t always in the stats and she doesn’t even care about that; she just wants to be the best that she can for her team.”

Madisonville led at halftime, 30-12 and outscored Athens 29-17 in the second half.

“We started off sluggish but we picked up our energy and defensive intensity in the second quarter,” Taylor said. “I would just like to see more consistency and balance because we will have to have it as we close district and enter the playoffs.”   

Tra’Dayja Smith led all scorers with 18 points and dished out six assists. Lexi Leveston had 10 points and seven rebounds and Lewis added seven points in Tuesday night’s win.

The Lady Mustangs continued their dominance Friday on the road defeating Mexia, 55-37. Mexia kept it close in the first half, trailing Madisonville by three points at the half. The Lady Mustangs gained control and ultimately the game outscoring the Black Cats 18-4 in the third quarter. 

Madisonville (21-3) improved to 4-0 in district with the victory Friday night.

Smith led the team with 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Shakayla Burns had nine points, Lewis had eight points and nine rebounds and Leveston had seven points. 

The Lady Mustangs host Palestine on Friday.