Madisonville Lady Mustangs start season with a win


The saying goes that “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” but it doesn’t hurt to start with a win, which is exactly how the Madisonville Lady Mustangs started their basketball season last Tuesday night against the Huntsville Hornets.

The Mustangs won their season opener 59-27 in their first non-conference matchup of the season.

With a roster full of upperclassmen such as seniors Tyana Brown, Zanavia Manning, Jakayla Merchant, Tra’dayja Smith, Lexi Leveston and Brianne McCloud and juniors Latayvia Byrd, Kennedy Cooper, Tylesia Roundtree, Kaylee Reynolds and Shakayla Burns, Head Coach Shana Taylor will be looking to the varsity squad to lead her program this year.

“We have some very talented juniors and seniors,” Taylor said. “They know what is expected of them on and off the court; hopefully seeing how hardworking and focused they are will translate to our younger players.”

Hard work is the name of the game for the Mustangs. Whether it’s during their morning workouts or their evening practice Coach Taylor said she expects her girls to bring it every chance they get.

“Practice builds solid habits,” she said. “If we want to be a good team we have to practice the little things. Sure, I’m hard on the girls, but it’s only because I see so much potential in them. You don’t get better unless you put in the work.”