Madison’s offense went silent and the Cubs’ six-game win streak came to an end on a 39-26 loss to Charlestown at home in girls basketball Friday.
Madison had not lost a game since Dec. 4 — and had taken down some titans along the way including then-Class 2A No. 1 Winchester — but despite a stellar defensive performance, the Cubs couldn’t muster the points to keep their win streak going.
“Mentally we just weren’t ready to play and that’s disappointing,” Madison coach Sonja Bowyer said. “It’s the first time being at home in a while, we’ve been playing so well and playing hard, it’s just disappointing what happened tonight.”
Neither team had good looks at the basket early on as both played extremely aggressive defense, resulting in Charlestown holding an 8-5 lead after one quarter. It wasn’t much better in the second quarter as both teams were locked in defensively with Nipper nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pirates a six-point halftime lead.
The two teams scored 10 points each in the third so Madison entered the fourth still trailing by six at 27-21. But the Cubs went scoreless the first five minutes of the final period and managed only one field goal total in the fourth quarter to allowed the Pirates to pull away to a 39-26 victory.
“I was really happy with our defensive effort, because we really kept most of their offense in check,” Bowyer said. “We need to make shots. It’s that simple. We had times today where I thought we had good looks but then we’d pass them up. We just were out of sync, and going forward we have to fix that.”
Cam Cahall scored 10 points to lead Madison while Taylor Lynch and Casey Dyer scored seven points each. Nipper led Charlestown with 12 points.
The Cubs are now 10-6 on the season and it doesn’t get any easier with a road game at Class 3A No. 1 defending state champion Silver Creek tonight. Another sectional opponent, Corydon, awaits on Saturday.
“January is always a tough month. We’ve playing good teams, sectional teams, and are getting ready for the postseason,” Bowyer said. “We’ve beaten some really good teams and we know we’re capable of beating anyone. Hopefully we’ll come out ready to go for Tuesday.”