The Madisonville basketball team was eliminated from postseason contention with a 57-53 Bi-Dsitrcit round loss to Lorena last Tuesday at Cameron Yoe High School.
“I’m very proud of the season we had,” said first year Madisonville basketball head coach Chris Reid. “Not only did we build strong relationships with our athletes and our community, but we also established a strong foundation of work ethic, academics, citizenship and basketball fundamentals. For any new coach, that foundation is paramount.”
The loss means the end of the line in Madisonville for eight Mustang seniors, some of which were mentioned in district honors for the regular season. Tommy Holiday was the defensive MVP for District 18-4A while fellow seniors Sam Bennett, Kasey Williamson and Nick Porter earned first team all-district honors.
Senior Kendall Moffett and junior Keyon Johnson were honorable mentions while sophomore Tyrese Brown made second team all-district. Also graduating from the Mustang basketball program are Johnny Simpson, Cornelius Merchant and Trevon House.
“It’s challenging for any coach to come in and establish a new system into a program where the majority of the team are seniors,” said Reid. “This group made that transition as smooth as it could possibly be. They are all great young men with bright futures ahead of them and they were a pleasure to coach.”
The playoff game against Lorena began smoothly enough for the Mustangs, but they could never establish an overwhelming offensive presence down the stretch. In fact, their scoring total by quarter went down each time after they opened the game with 15 points in the first quarter.
Lorena’s 20-point second quarter would tell the story of the game. It afforded the Leopards a small lead heading into the locker rooms at half and they never looked back. Lorena outscored Madisonville by just 1 in the second half, but the Mustangs could only muster a total of 11 points when they needed to step up in the final quarter. Lorena advanced to the Area round on Thursday and fell 59-50 to Liberty Hill.
The 2017-18 Mustangs conclude their season with a 17-6 mark overall in Reid’s first year. Their 5-3 record in district, including a win over first-placed Athens, earned them second place in 18-4A. Despite the departure of his seniors, Reid and the coaching staff are optimistic for what the future holds for the program.
“We have a solid corp of returning varsity players and several promising athletes to round out the roster,” said Reid. “I have great assistants in Joey Renner and Casey Dean as well as junior high coaches Clay Hardee and Anthony Campbell. We want Madisonville to be a perennial contender in Texas high school basketball.”