Lady Mustangs compete in Fairfield

Posted 12/17/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team dropped a road contest at Snook on Dec. 10 before winning one of four matchups during a tournament in Fairfield over the weekend.

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Lady Mustangs compete in Fairfield

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team dropped a road contest at Snook on Dec. 10 before winning one of four matchups during a tournament in Fairfield over the weekend.

“It was stiff completion,” said head coach Shana Taylor on the action in Fairfield. “I thought we could have played a lot better than we did. All of the games were winnable, but we did not always play well. We had two injuries and, for the entire year, I feel like we have not been able to play and get better because of missing parts.”

The Lady Mustangs defeated Robinson 35-28 to open play in Snook. Khyra Cooper led the team with eight points and three steals. Daiona Johnson led the way with 11 rebounds and four assists. Jerkayla Dickey logged six points and eight boards while Tra’Shayla Smith scored six and five.

The team then fell behind early and could never fight back in a 53-29 loss to Rudder. Dickey and Cooper led the team in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Cooper also recorded seven rebounds, which was second on the team behind Kristen Tolliver.

In Friday’s lone matchup, Madisonville dropped a low scoring contest to China Spring by a tally of 29-25. Dickey led the team in scoring for the second straight game with nine points and also added three steals. Cooper recorded seven points along with seven rebounds, which led the team.

In their final matchup of the tournament on Saturday, the Lady Mustangs fell 52-44 to Gatesville. Cooper logged 10 points and eight rebounds while Daiona Johnson topped the team in scoring with 12. Jyah Burns added nine points to the total while Dickey posted five assists.

Dickey also recorded three steals in the loss along with Cooper and Brianna Johnson.

“We will only be ready if we play against different teams and schemes and by mastering our offense and defense,” said Taylor. “It is stiff competition, which is why I choose the tournaments I choose.”

The Lady Mustangs were edged 44-39 in a single road contest at Snook before the tournament on Dec. 10.

Burns led the way with 10 points in the loss and was followed by Dickey with eight and Cooper and Daija Martin with seven apiece. Dickey also recorded six steals while Cooper led the way with six rebounds.

“We are all trying to develop a chemistry and a belief,” said Taylor. “Once we believe we can win, we will be much better and more disciplined.”

Madisonville traveled to Waco-Connally Tuesday and will compete in the Aggieland Invitational Dec. 26-28.

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