The Madisonville basketball team battled back from 14 down after the opening quarter to snag an impressive road victory over Huntington last Tuesday. The Mustangs were off on Friday and will now prepare for their upcoming District schedule.
“I believe we’ve played one of the most competitive schedules in our District,” said Madisonville head coach Chris Reid. “Nearly every team we’ve played has playoff aspirations for their respective leagues and can potentially compete for a championship.”
Despite the slow start in Huntington, the Mustangs were right back at it with an answer in the second quarter of play. They outscored the Red Devils by 6 to cut the deficit to 8 at the break. The momentum shift into halftime did Madisonville well and the Mustangs came out firing in the third quarter.
The story of the second half was defense. After the Mustangs allowed 46 points to Huntington in the first half, they surrendered just 21 overall in the final two quarters. Madisonville outscored the Red Devils 21-10 in the third and played even basketball to seal their twelfth and final win of their non-District slate.
A big part of the defensive effort was Tommy Holiday, who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. He also recorded two steals and a team-high 4 blocks.
Sam Bennett led the way in the scoring category yet again for the Mustangs with 20. He was closely followed by Kasey Williamson, who has come on after he sat out the start of the year due to injury, with 18.
The Mustangs will begin their home District season in Madisonville against Mexia on Friday. They will then host Fairfield on Tuesday. Both JV games are set to tipoff at 5 p.m., followed by Varsity at 7.
Madisonville dropped both games to Fairfield last season and split with Mexia.