Mustangs claim consolation crown


The Mustangs continued their non-District dominance over the holidays and became the small school consolation champions at the Allen High School In-N-Out Burger Tournament. The Mustangs ran the table after dropping their first contest to Legacy Christian Academy on Thursday.

The loss to open the tournament was just Madisonville’s second of the season, which began about a month late because of football. The Mustangs would redeem the loss with three more wins on the weekend to improve to 9-2 overall.

The first matchup in the consolation field was a tight contest with Willis Point. The Mustangs got off to a hot start and built a nice lead early, but the Tigers came back late to make it a game. Madisonville would just hold on, 64-59, to take one step further in the consolation field.

Next, Madisonville would take on Whitesboro in the consolation semifinals. The Bearcats, who have had a tough season this far, hung in well with the Mustangs throughout. Ultimately, Madisonville took down Whitesboro, 51-48.

The Mustangs then had a chance to claim the consolation crown with a matchup against Grandview. The Zebras were the best team the Mustangs would face on paper with an overall record of 11-4, but Madisonville took them down easier than their previous opponents. The 65-50 win on Saturday earned the team some hardware and was their final game of 2017.

With the new year, the District schedule is getting closer. Despite the late start, the Mustangs looked stellar in non-District play and have all of the confidence in the world with senior leadership and first year coach Chris Reid at the helm.

Sam Bennett was the leading scorer for Madisonville during non-District play and Tommy Holiday holds the honor for rebounds.

After a holiday tournament that took them nearly three hours from home, the Mustangs will spend the rest of the regular season in familiar territory. Madisonville traveled to Diboll yesterday for the first of three remaining non-league matchups. They will host Caldwell on Friday then travel to Huntington on Tuesday.

The Mustangs will begin District play on Jan. 16 with a road contest at Athens. They will return home on Jan. 19 for their first District home game against Mexia.