The Madisonville-North Hopkins Maroons spoiled Homecoming with a 62-34 win over the Caldwell County Lady Tigers on Friday night, Jan. 27 at the CAB in Princeton.
Caldwell managed to hold off Madisonville for around four minutes before the Lady Maroons put together a 20-2 run, limiting the Lady Tigers to a single basket in the first quarter. Destiny Whitsell took advantage of a back door sneak for 12 points in the first quarter before the Lady Tigers’ defense made a shift to limit her to just two baskets in the second quarter.
Caldwell opened with three straight possessions for six points from Med Thomas and Jordan Ortt to cut the lead 22-8. With Whitsell not able to get shots from down low, Madisonville gave the ball to Jaycee Noffsinger and Riley Sword on the outside. The Lady Maroons led 36-12 by halftime.
Amari Lovan and Whitsell combined for 13 points in the third quarter, combined with a pair of 3-pointers from Noffsinger and Emilee Hallum, gave the Lady Maroons their largest lead of the night, 57-22. The 35-point margin prompted a running clock for the final frame.
Caldwell managed to outscore Madisonville 12-8 in the final eight minutes with an eight point boost from Thomas. Unfortunately, with a running clock and the substantial first quarter lead, it was too little, too late.
Just four rebounds separated the team with Madisonville out-rebounding Caldwell 38-34. Caldwell shot better from outside the arc, 5-for-16 compared to the Lady Maroons’ 4-for-17. The difference came from the field with Caldwell shooting 7-for-29 on two point baskets compared to Madisonville’s 23-of-52.
Thomas posted her best varsity start of the season with 19 points and five rebounds. Myla Sykes and KeDarriah Thompson each led Caldwell’s rebounding efforts with eight boards each.
Whitsell posted a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 10-for-15 from the field for the Lady Maroons. Riley Sword added 11 points.
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