Mustangs snag first District win

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The Lady Mustangs basketball team evened up their District record last Tuesday with a 50-41 home victory over Palestine.

The team then had a scheduled off-day in place of a normal Friday night matchup.

“I’m so proud of the girls as they progressively make strides to improve each game,” said head basketball coach Shana Taylor. “I’m especially proud of our defensive effort.”

Madisonville came out slow in the second quarter of play against Palestine, scoring just 6 points to the Wildcats’ 12. Both of the teams were back and forth to start and the game was knotted at 15 after the first.

The second half told a different story. In the third quarter, it was the Wildcats who would be held to just 6 points and the Mustangs who would reclaim the lead. Madisonville posted 17 points, the most either team would score in a single quarter on the night.

The Mustangs would showcase another solid defensive effort in the final quarter, allowing just 8 points to their 12. All told, the Wildcats posted just 14 points in the entire second half on Madisonville’s defense in the 9-point difference.

“When this team executes well offensively and defensively, we are a formidable opponent,” said Taylor.

Despite the win, the Mustangs suffered the loss of Jyah Burns on Tuesday. The sophomore guard tore her ACL, MCL and meniscus.

“Her absence will be felt, she was our defensive specialist and a great shooter,” said Taylor. “We are praying for a speedy recovery and I know this team will rally and come together, because that’s just who they are.”

Madisonville’s Daiona Johnson led the way for the Mustangs with 16 points on the night and 3 assists. She was followed up by 10 points apiece from Shakayla Burns and Tylisea Roundtree. The Mustangs also ruled the boards with 19 total rebounds, 11 defensive and 9 offensive.

Latayvia Byrd and Khyra Cooper each led the team with 4 rebounds. 3 of Byrd’s were offensive while all 4 of Cooper’s were defensive. Every active player for Madisonville recorded at least one board. Byrd also led the team with 3 steals.

The Mustangs will return home on Friday night for a matchup with Mexia. The JV teams are scheduled to tipoff at 5 p.m. and will be followed by Varsity.

Last season, the Lady Mustangs were 2-0 against Mexia. They took down the Black Cats 55-37 in Madisonville and 63-55 in Mexia.

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