Lady Mustangs miss playoffs

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team remained winless in district at 0-7 with a home loss to Palestine on Senior Night by a score of 52-49.

Seniors honored on the court with their families following the action were Garlanesha Gilbert, Jordan Rogers, Jaycee Thomas and Keilaya Crittendon. Rogers would post 11 points in the effort for Madisonville and Gilbert recorded three assists.

“These ladies have graduated and gone through the program for four years,” said Madisonville Basketball Coach Shana Taylor on her seniors. “You do not stay in a program for four years unless you have done the work, and they did. They did everything we asked them to do, so it was a proud moment to be here tonight.”

The Lady Mustangs fell behind fast and found themselves in a 9-0 hole early in the first quarter. They were then able to find momentum and go on a 10-4 run throughout the remainder of the quarter. The Wildcats started off the second hot as well, but Madisonville was within eight by the half.

Rogers capped off a momentum-shifting third quarter when she cut the deficit to just one point with a three-pointer late. The Lady Mustangs took their first lead of the game with six minutes to play in the fourth when Khyra Cooper laid in a bucket after a steal. Cooper would lead the team in scoring with 22 points.

Madisonville held a 39-36 lead, but a pair of Palestine buckets shifted the advantage back to the other bench. They would find a sliver of separation down the stretch and hold on for the three-point win.

“They always play hard, but make too many mistakes,” said Taylor. “By the end of the game, those mistakes are a mountain. But the effort is always there, that is never a question. We just have to play better basketball.”

Madisonville also lost in Rusk last Tuesday by a score of 44-38. They were not able to find an offensive rhythm in the first half and it was too much to overcome in the second.

Cooper led the Lady Mustangs in scoring in Rusk with 16 points and was followed by Jyah Burns with 10. Daiona Johnson recorded nine points as well as nine assists in the effort. Cooper led the way in rebounds with 12.

The Lady Mustangs, who will not qualify for postseason play, traveled to Fairfield on Tuesday for their final game of the season.

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