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Lady Cubs surge past Floyd

December 07, 2011
The Madison Lady Cubs had a 31-point fourth quarter to power away from host Floyd Central last Tuesday night for an 86-63 win. It was a game of irregularities by both teams who combined for a total 68 turnovers in the Hoosier Hills Conference contest.

"Just too many turnovers," Floyd Central coach Kirk Hamsley said of his team's 35 cough-ups. "They forced it or we did it. It was self-inflicted. That's what we did. They did a decent job against us pressure-wise, but we just threw the ball out of the gym. That's on us."

Floyd Centralís Samantha Feather fights to fend off Madisonís Whitney Wynn for a loose ball in the first half of the Lady Highlandersí 86-63 loss. Photo by Wade Bell
Floyd Central kept the game tight through the first four minutes, down just one at 10-9. At that point, however, Madison made an 11-0 run to lead 21-9.

Emily Ziegler finally got a deuce inside for the Lady Highlanders, but Mandy Stoll finished out the quarter with two, and the Lady Cubs led 23-11 after the first eight minutes.

The Lady Highlanders managed a 7-0 burst midway through the second period to close the gap to 36-29, but Madison finished the period with a short burst to take a 43-33 lead at halftime.

"I can't imagine how many layups we missed right here at the rim because we were hurried," Hamsley said. "They forced that on us because of the way they play. I just think our kids got in a hurry, and we made some bad decisions."

The second half began with a rash of turnovers by both teams, then Kelsey Mayfield and Madison Kaiser pulled the Lady Highlanders back to within six, 45-39.

Floyd Central moved to within five later in the quarter when Mayfield scored again to cut the deficit to 51-46. Olivia Crozier, however, scored with a half-second to go, and the Lady Cubs held the edge at 55-48 with eight minutes to go.

Madison's lead again extended to double-digits early in the fourth period, 67-52, but the Lady Highlanders fought to stay in the game, with Mayfield scoring on a drive to start a 9-2 run that cut the lead to eight, 69-61, with 3:45 to go.

At that point, however, Madison took over. The Lady Cubs exploded for a 17-2 run and a 86-63 win as Floyd Central turned the ball over five times in the final four minutes.

"We gave the game away tonight," Hamsley said. "Thirty-five turnovers is way too much."

Mayfield led Floyd Central (0-4) with 18 points, and Smith followed with 14. Freshman Madison Kaiser added 10 points for the Lady Highlanders, who connected 20 of 56 field-goal attempts (36 percent) and 23 of 32 free throws.

"(Mayfield and Smith) did a nice job tonight," Hamsley said. "(Madison Kaiser's) a really nice player. She does some good things. She makes some freshman errors. She plays hard and she's rugged and rebounds. She works at it, but, like any freshman, she's got a lot of things to learn, but she's a battler."

"The kids played hard," he said. "The ones who played hard. We just have to take care of the ball better."

Kelsey led Madison with 22 points as she hit six three-pointers. Stoll hit for 15 points, and Whitney Wynn added 13. Macky Hecox finished with 10 points for the Lady Cubs, who hit 27 of 51 shots (53 percent) and 25 of 37 free throws. Madison had 33 turnovers.

Hamsley said his team needs a win to get its confidence level back up.

"They've got to start believing in themselves and believe in each other," Hamsley said. "We're struggling with that right now. It's an odd mix of kids. We've got some seniors who have played varsity basketball and some young kids who haven't. The seniors have never been counted on to be your leaders or asked to score in games, and now they are."

"We've got to do a better job in practice and paying attention, getting the kids to buy into what we want them to do," he said. "We've got to break the ice. A year ago, we were in the same position at 0-4 and then we're right there again this year. So, we want to get one."


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    December 09, 2011 | 01:37 PM

    Really enjoy the coverage of our games, always a great write up and always good pics. Thanks for covering our games as well as you do. Would love to see all the pics you have taken during these games, didnt see them listed to look at.

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