Lady Mustangs even up record

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The Madisonville women’s basketball team improved to 4-4 overall on the young season with a 55-36 road win over Bryan last Tuesday.

The Mustangs canceled their scheduled matchup on Friday night so that the players could cheer on the school’s football team in the Regional Playoffs.

The Mustangs shot 44 percent from the field in their road win over the Vikings and stole the ball 18 times. Daiona Johnson led Madisonville in scoring on the night with 15. She was followed by Tylisea Roundtree with 12 and Kennedy Cooper with 9. Roundtree also recorded nine rebounds in the win.

The Mustangs were able to win son handily thanks to their defensive effort. Latayvia Byrd led the team in steals with 7 out of their whopping 18. Shakayla Burns posted 5 steals of her own in Bryan.

All told, Madisonville came down with 26 total rebounds, 15 of which were offensive. They totaled 20 assists on the night and Roundtree logged the only blocked shot in the win for the Mustangs.

Due to the cancelation of Friday’s contest, Madisonville had a whole week off before their road matchup with Coldspring last night. The Mustangs will then compete in a tournament at Fairfield, which is set to begin tomorrow and go through Saturday.

“Things have been tough due to our inexperience at the guard position thus far,” said Madisonville women’s basketball coach Shana Taylor. “We have shown glimpses of improvement, but not consistency.”

While things haven’t been perfect, the season is young and Taylor expects the improvements to keep on coming for her team.

“The Fairfield tournament will be a good indicator of where we are,” said Taylor. “I expect this team to become progressively better as we get some more games under our belts. Our experience lies in the post and with our seniors who are expected to lead this team.”

After the action in Fairfield, the Mustangs will have another week off before returning home to take on Centerville on Dec. 15. Madisonville will then compete in the Aggieland Invitational in College Station before they begin conference play with the start of the new year.

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