Mustangs learn from holiday tournament

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COLLEGE STATION — The Madisonville Lady Mustangs basketball team picked up two wins at the Aggieland Invitational before a loss to Waco La Vega sent them to the silver bracket last week.

Madisonville collected another win before losing to the ultimate silver champion.

“This tournament is always a great experience for the girls,” said the Lady Mustangs basketball coach Shana Taylor. “Our teams have won this tourney before and it’s always a great tool to get back in shape after the holidays.”

Madisonville evened up their total record to 7-7 on the year with a decisive 75-35 victory over Hudson to begin the tournament. The Mustangs held Hudson to less than double-digit points in each of the quarters but the last. In the third, they surrendered just 3 total points.

Khyra Cooper was the standout star for the Mustangs in the blowout win with 23 points and 4 steals, both teams highs. Tylisea Roundtree posted 9 points of her own and snagged a couple of rebounds.

The second round would be much more competitive and the Mustangs would drop a tight contest to Waco in overtime. Despite the loss, Jyah Burns was hot from the field, converting 9 of her 11 shots and recording 18 points in the process.

Shakayla Burns and Cooper were next in line with 9 points apiece, but no other Madisonville player was able to score more than 4. Both teams failed to post 50 points in the defensive struggle despite the extra time. Latayvia Byrd led the Mustangs in rebounds by far with 12, 4 of which were offensive.

The loss bumped Madisonville down to the silver consolation bracket, where they met San Antonio Christian. For the second time of the tournament, the Mustangs would keep their opponent’s score in the 30s and fail to surrender double-digit points in three of the four quarters.

Offensively, it was a much more balanced attack this time around for Madisonville. Shakayla Burns led the team in scoring with 15 points and picked up 6 rebounds to go with it. However, Roundtree was the story with a double-double. She posted 13 points in the win along with 10 rebounds, 6 of which were offensive.

The tournament concluded for Madisonville when they dropped a contest with China Spring, the eventual silver bracket champions. Neither team could find an offensive rhythm throughout and the Mustangs fell, 38-27.

Shakayla Burns led the way again with 10 points, followed by Jyah Burns with just 6. The bright side for the Mustangs is that they defended and rebounded well. Roundtree led the team with 11 rebounds in the game, 5 of which were offensive. She was followed by Latayvia Byrd with 7 rebounds, 2 offensive.

“Although we were 2-2, we saw some positive things occur,” said Burns after the tournament.

“I was extremely proud of our defensive effort and we seem to be developing some much needed team chemistry. All of this will certainly help us come District play.”

Madisonville concluded non-District with a matchup with Navasota Tuesday and are poised to begin league games on Friday. Madisonville will begin their District schedule in Fairfield and return home on Tuesday to host Palestine.

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