The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team was eliminated with a 69-54 loss to Navasota in the Area round of the playoffs on Thursday in Huntsville.
"This season started out pretty rough because we were inexperienced at the guard position and newcomers were playing some major roles," said Lady Mustangs coach Shana Taylor. "We suffered season-ending injuries that greatly affected the chemistry we were building. By the time we got to district play, we had better chemistry and were able to finish strong."
The Mustangs advanced to Huntsville with a victory in the Bi-District round over Gatesville. The contest was low-scoring and Madisonville was able to escape with a 40-37 win. Both teams kept the other in check, but a 5-points second quarter for Gatesville allowed the Mustangs to build an 8-point cushion entering the final quarter.
The Hornets posted the highest scoring quarter of the game with 16, but Madisonville's 11 was enough to hold on for the win. Seniors Shakayla Burns and Tylisea Roundtree led the team with 10 and 9 points. Latayvia Byrd, Khyra Cooper and Daiona Johnson all added 7 apiece.
The Navasota Rattlers came out hot on Thursday and the Mustangs had a lot of trouble keeping up out of the gates. In the first quarter, the Rattlers posted 27 points and already led by 16 by the second. Navasota cooled off immensely in the second, but Madisonville still couldn't settle in offensively. The teams each scored 7 points in the quarter.
The second half was extremely competitive, but the Mustangs were never able to overcome the late start and lose the game by 15.
In her final game, Roundtree led the Mustangs with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Khyra Cooper was second in scoring with 15 points on the night. This also marks the end n Madisonville for Burns, Byrd and Kennedy Cooper.
"Our senior leadership was invaluable," said Taylor. "These young ladies were seasoned veterans and instrumental in shaping the underclassmen with their work ethic."
Madisonville finished the season having won four straight before the loss to Navasota and were victorious in six of their final nine games.
"On thing that our spectators and I can always count on is for these ladies to fight no matter how adverse the situation," said Taylor. "That seems to be the mantra of the Lady Mustang program and I'm proud to profess that."