Madison’s cheerleaders and cheerblock raise a ruckus as the Cubs defend an inbounds play by Greensburg’s Shelby Ward Friday night in Rushville. The Cubs smothered the Pirates with defense all night in a 77-18 sectional semifinal win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison’s cheerleaders and cheerblock raise a ruckus as the Cubs defend an inbounds play by Greensburg’s Shelby Ward Friday night in Rushville. The Cubs smothered the Pirates with defense all night in a 77-18 sectional semifinal win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
RUSHVILLE - Madison made up for a cold shooting first half with a suffocating defense to roll over Greensburg 77-18 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Sectional at Rushville on Friday.

The Lady Cubs scored 30 unanswered points at one point and led by 30 at the half in as impressive a performance as Madison has ever had in a post-season game.

Greensburg didn't break double-digits until the third quarter in a game that was never close after the opening minutes.

"Oh yeah, this was a statement game," Madison junior Delanie Jones said. "Definitely."

No. 14 Madison (18-4) will face seventh-ranked Rushville (19-3) in the championship tonight. The host Lions coasted through their game as well, a 62-29 rout of Lawrenceburg.

The Lady Cubs led only 4-2 three minutes into the game but wasted little time in turning it into a rout. Madison began pounding the ball inside to post players Olivia Crozier and Macky Hecox and the Cubs took off.

Crozier scored 11 points in the first quarter and Hecox had five before Madison coach Willie Humes began running players in and out of the game. All 10 Lady Cubs in uniform saw extensive action and all 10 scored.

"We're playing well right now. These girls just have that look," Humes said. "They're focused and they're not taking anybody lightly. This is the tournament. Anything can happen."

Madison led 21-7 after the first quarter. Greensburg's Clare Owens opened the second with a basket to cut the Lady Cub margin to 12. Jones answered with a drive to the basket to kick-start a 30-0 run that did not end until the 2:07 mark of the third. By that time Madison led 51-9 and the game was long over.

"We're coming here with one goal and that's to win sectionals," Jones said. "We're looking forward to playing Rushville. We've been looking forward to it all year."

After missing all 14 of their 3-point shots in the first half, Madison went 8-for-10 from the arc. Overall, the Cubs were 28-for-60 (47 percent) from the floor.

"I told the girls at halftime that they needed to keep shooting and they would start falling," Humes said. "We're going to need that shooting tomorrow against Rushville."

Whitney Wynn led Madison with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Crozier had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Katie Hartman hit three 3-pointers en route to a career-high 13 points and Alex Thurnall scored 11.

Greensburg was led by freshman Taylor McIntosh who had five points. The Pirates shot just 17 percent (7-for-42) from the floor.

The Cubs expect a much more difficult time against Rushville tonight. The game will be a matchup between power and speed with the Lions' brute strength facing the Cubs full-court press.

It is a game that the Cubs have been looking forward to since the beginning of the season.

"They're a strong team and they like to be physical," Humes said. "But we can be physical too. We need to come in focused and make our shots. If we do that, we're going to win."

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CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 29 SEMIFINALS

At Rushville

No. 14 MADISON 77, GREENSBURG 18

 

GREENSBURG 7 2 2 7 - 18

MADISON 21 18 20 18 - 77

 

GREENSBURG (12-10) - (g)McIntosh 5, (c)Dance 4, Wolter 3, (g)Owens 2, Denton 2, (f)Banaschak 2, (g)Ward 0, Geis 0, Asche 0, Williams 0, Schmidt 0, Schultz 0.

MADISON (18-4) - Wynn 17, (c)Crozier 15, Hartman 13, Thurnall 11, (g)Jones 6, (f)Hecox 5, Bickers 5, (f)Povaleri 2, (g)Cain 2, Holland 1.

 

3-Point Goals - Greensburg 2 (Wolter 1, McIntosh 1), Madison 8 (Hartman 3, Thurnall 2, Wynn 2, Bickers 1). Rebounds - Greensburg 33 (Owens 8), Madison 42 (Crozier 10). Assists - Greensburg 7 (Owens 3), Madison 22 (Thurnall 6). Turnovers - Greensburg 24, Madison 8. Total Fouls - Greensburg 14, Madison 9. Free Throws - Greensburg 2-6, Madison 13-20. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Greensburg's season ends. Madison faces Rushville in the Sectional championship tonight.