Lady Mustangs take the court

Posted 11/19/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team split a pair of matchups to open their regular season with a 53-31 win over Coldspring-Oakhurst on Nov. 8 and a 40-28 loss to Marlin on Friday.

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Lady Mustangs take the court

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team split a pair of matchups to open their regular season with a 53-31 win over Coldspring-Oakhurst on Nov. 8 and a 40-28 loss to Marlin on Friday.

“The personnel did not change much and I saw energy and passion for the game (against Coldspring-Oakhurst),” said head coach Shana Taylor, who has led the Lady Mustangs for over a decade and won eight district championships.

“Against Marlin, a much tougher, larger opponent, we seemed to fold. We needed to be disciplined because they are such a formidable opponent, and we kind of fell apart. It was a good thing because we know what we need to get back and work on.”

Madisonville is looking to rebound from a winless district campaign last season and are returning the majority of their roster. Khyra Cooper, who led the team in scoring last year, will return for her senior season along with junior guard Daiona Johnson.

“I think we have all the pieces to get where we need to be, if we are disciplined enough to stay the course,” said Taylor. “That is buzzer to buzzer. We tend to deviate from what needs to be done. We need to play with chemistry and as one. That is how we do well.”

The Lady Mustangs also welcome three new freshmen players to the team, including Kristen Tolliver. Tolliver delivered seven points and played lockdown defense against the highly-touted Marlin squad in Friday’s loss.

“The freshmen bring great energy because they just play basketball,” said Taylor. “I think that is going to help us throughout the year in trying to get where we need to be mentally.”

Madisonville will begin district play on Jan. 10 at MHS against Mexia. Other district opponents include Rusk, Palestine and Fairfield. Despite disappointing results in league play a season ago, Taylor is confident in the team’s ability to compete for a top spot this year.

“I believe that we have the pieces to win district if we play well,” said Taylor. “Last year, we did not win a district game but competed in all of them. I really do believe, if all the girls buy in, there is not a team we cannot beat. I think that we should go two or three rounds into the playoffs. That could change as the year goes by and I hope it changes for the better.”

The Lady Mustangs traveled to Crockett on Tuesday and will be in Lovelady on Friday night. Their first home game is scheduled for Nov. 26 against Concordia Lutheran.

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