Mustang cagers look tough in scrimmage


The Madisonville boys’ basketball team dominated Douglass and Central high schools in Pollok last week.

The Mustangs beat Douglass 77-21 and overcame Central 82-59.

Head Coach Brian Thurmond said MHS played well.

“Both those schools are straight basketball schools — they don’t have football so they are in the gym year-round,” Thurmond said.

Eight players competed in the four-hour scrimmage, including Jawan Lewis, Andrew McDougald, Deontae McAdams, Jaquarius Hendricks, Mason McDougald, Anthony Morning, Uriel Willis and Trae Smith.

“They played hard and they’re very coachable,” Thurmond said. “They’re in good shape.”

Football players recently joined the team for practice and “are ready to go,” Thurmond said.

The team next plays at Huntington on Friday, with JV starting at 5 p.m.

The first home game is set for Nov. 23 vs. Caldwell, and Thurmond said the team is planning a tournament for Dec. 3-5 at the new gym on the Madisonville High School campus.

Lady Mustangs

The Lady Mustangs basketball team had a win within reach last week but fell short on the Lady Huntsville Hornets home turf, trailing 48-32.

The team is led by junior Tyana Brown and includes starters Latayvia Byrd, Tra’dayja Smith, Lexi Leveston, Sha’Terian Lewis, Zanavia Manning and Shakayla Burns.

Head Coach Shana Taylor, a former MHS basketball standout, said the team has been plagued with injuries but are working through them.

The Lady Hornets held a slight lead, 19-14, at the half but outscored Madisonville in the third and fourth quarters to pull out the win.

The varsity Lady Mustangs play a tournament in Crockett on Nov. 19-21.