Lady Mustangs split district bouts

Posted 1/28/20

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team split a pair of district matchups over the week with a 56-44 home victory over Palestine Jan. 21 and a 69-29 loss in Fairfield Friday. The team began their second round of district play Tuesday in Mexia.

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Lady Mustangs split district bouts

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team split a pair of district matchups over the week with a 56-44 home victory over Palestine Jan. 21 and a 69-29 loss in Fairfield Friday. The team began their second round of district play Tuesday in Mexia.

“We are hoping to regroup and finish strong, I feel good about the second half,” said head coach Shana Taylor. “Our Achilles’ Heel has always been defense and making good decisions in transition. Until we decide to play defense, the result will probably be the same.”

The Lady Mustangs surrendered 20 points in the second quarter of Friday’s loss to top-ranked Fairfield after falling behind early. Offensively, they scored seven points or less in three of the four quarters.

“We had stretches of lockdown defense but would get sloppy and give up lanes and second chance points consistently,” said Taylor.

Khyra Cooper led the Lady Mustangs in the loss with 14 points and four steals. She was followed by Daiona Johnson with seven points and Daija Martin with five rebounds.

On Jan 21, Madisonville picked up a 12-point victory over Palestine to finish 2-0 at MHS during the first half of district play. The Lady Mustangs were able to pull away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Palestine 19-10.

Jyah Burns led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with 14 points and was followed by Johnson with 13 and Tra’Shayla Smith with 12. Smith was also tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight while Cooper added seven.

The Lady Mustangs went on a 12-4 run in the final minutes of the game to ensure the victory.

The team concludes the first round of district play and entered Tuesday’s matchup in Mexia with a record of 2-2. Everyone in the district has lost at least one matchup with the exception of Fairfield, who remained undefeated entering play Tuesday.

Madisonville has their second scheduled bye Friday before returning to MHS to host Rusk Feb. 4. They will conclude the season with a road matchup in Palestine and a home game against Fairfield.

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