Lady Mustangs split week

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The Madisonville women's basketball team split a pair of District games over the last week and have just two regular season contests left on the schedule.

The Mustangs drops their second game of the year against Fairfield at home last Tuesday, but swept the season series over Palestine with a road win of Friday.

"As a team, we've certainly improved a lot since we started," said Madisonville women's basketball coach Shauna Taylor. "I'm pleased with our progress and expect to see more growth as we head towards the playoffs."

Despite leading 7-0 to start the game, the Lady Mustangs dropped their matchup with Fairfield, 54-45. Madisonville played well in the first and final quarters, totaling 33 points. However, the Eagles held the Mustangs to just 12 points in the second and third. During this time, Fairfield built a double-digit lead and refused to look back.

Shakayla Burns led Madisonville in three major categories in last Tuesday's loss. On top of a team-high 14 points, she led the team in rebounds and was tied for the team lead in assists. Daiona Johnson was second in scoring with 8 points. Khyra Cooper logged 6 points along with a team-leading 5 steals.

Madisonville bounced back with a 50-34 road win over Palestine on Friday night. Throughout the first half, it looked as though the Lady Mustangs would be in for another battle. In fact, they trailed 27-22 at the break.

"We knew we needed to get into this game with a good mindset in the first half, but we didn't do that," said Taylor. "We did tighten things up in the second half and were able to hold them to just 7 points."

Burns was first in the scoring department one more for Madisonville with 16 points. She was also tied with Latayvia Byrd for second in rebounds with 7. Tylisea Roundtree led the Mustangs with 7 rebounds. Still, it was the defensive effort in the second half from the Mustangs that would tell the tale.

The Mustangs enjoyed a rare day off on Tuesday as they prepare for the last home game of the regular season on Friday night against Athens. This means that Shakayla Burns, Tylisea Roundtree, Kennedy Cooper and Latayvia Byrd will be honored just prior to the game for Senior Night. The game is set to tipoff at 6 p.m.

"These ladies are much appreciated for their contributions to the Mustang program these last five years," said Taylor.

On Jan. 16, Madisonville took down Athens by a score of 54-41 on the road.

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