Lady Mustangs pick up OT win

Posted 12/3/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team rebounded from a Nov. 26 loss to Concordia Lutheran with a 63-56 home win in overtime over La Vega on Friday.

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Lady Mustangs pick up OT win

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team rebounded from a Nov. 26 loss to Concordia Lutheran with a 63-56 home win in overtime over La Vega on Friday.

“It was a great win for us,” said head coach Shana Taylor. “We still need a lot of work but the good thing is we are playing hard. They ended up with two players on the court after overtime. If we had to go into overtime with their full load, it might have been a different story. We play hard but we need to play smart. It was a good win that we needed for our confidence.”

The win puts the Lady Mustangs at 2-2 to start the season with wins over Crockett and La Vega and losses to Marlin and Concordia Lutheran. In Friday’s win at MHS, Jyah Burns led the team in scoring with 20 points. She was followed by Khyra Cooper with 16 and Daiona Johnson with 15.

The game featured a large number of fouls that resulted in a shorthanded effort for La Vega down the stretch. Madisonville also committed a large number of fouls, but were able to keep their players on the court.

Taylor is focused on executing the fundamentals to polish the team’s game moving forward through the early portion of the season, but has never questioned their willingness to work hard.

“It is just doing the small things like blocking out and moving your feet without fouling,” said Taylor. “Our best players stay in foul trouble in every game and it comes down to committing silly fouls. We are not as discipline as we should be, and that makes the game so much harder.

The only thing I would say we do not need to work on is our effort. They work hard on every play, but we are not playing smart. We are bringing in new players who need to learn how to play at this level. It is teaching and reteaching and they are capable, they just need to learn the game.”

In the loss at Concordia Lutheran on Nov. 26, Cooper led the team in scoring with 16 and steals with five. Johnson added nine points to the total in the 53-38 loss while Tra’Shayla Smith led the way in rebounds with seven.

Madisonville remained at home Tuesday with a matchup against James Earl Rudder in an attempt to climb above the 500 mark. They will compete in a tournament in Centerville over the weekend and travel to Snook on Friday.

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