Madison played hard for 32 minutes but couldn’t hold onto an early lead as the Lady Cubs fell to Class 3A No. 1 Silver Creek 46-38 on Tuesday night.
Madison couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game with four of its first five made field goals coming from behind the arc, capped by a 4-point play by Jade Nutley which spotted the Cubs a 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Silver Creek is ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason and thanks to a big quarter from 6-foot-2 senior Marissa Gasaway, the Dragons rallied to cut the Madison lead to 26-23 by the halftime break.
Silver Creek carried that momentum into the third quarter and opened the frame with nine-straight points to take a 32-26 lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Madison had multiple chances in the final quarter to cut the lead to one possession but fell short each time allowing the Dragons to hold on for the 46-38 win.
Madison fought hard and coach Sonja Bowyer knows that the Cubs had their chances in the game and that the outcome could have been much different.
“When you’re down four with two minutes to go and have the ball against the best team in the state that could be a huge difference maker,” Bowyer said. “We had three or four good looks and we just couldn’t get them to go. Who knows? If one of those go, maybe we’re still playing.”
One issue that hurt Madison was foul trouble to starting point guard Taylor Lynch. Lynch was whistled for two fouls early in the second quarter and picked up her third later in the period which forced Bowyer to send her to the bench early. Lynch then picked up her fourth foul early in the third, once again sending her to the bench.
Lynch, who typically is one of the smartest players on the court, was visibly frustrated, but Bowyer said it’s a teaching moment for her.
“I said you’re going to learn today. She’s such a great player and person but she has to learn when you have fouls you have to be careful and not be careless,” Bowyer said. “She plays so hard and so smart but against Silver Creek you have to be that much smarter because they won’t let you get away with mistakes.”
Nutley finished the game with yet another double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cubs. Cameran Cahall had nine points, Lundun Perry scored six and Lynch and Daesja Jay each had five.
Kynidi Striverson led Silver Creek with 17 points while Gasaway had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Madison returns to action on Saturday at Corydon Central for a varsity only game starting at 1 p.m.