Olivia Crozier scored 14 points to lead Madison to a hard-fought 63-56 victory over host Jeffersonville on Friday night. The Lady Cubs (6-0) scored the first 13 points of the game and led 44-28 with 30 seconds left in the third period, but had to hit several free throws to withstand a furious rally by the Red Devils (2-3) in the fourth period.
“It was real ugly but we kept our poise, made it through it, and we got a win, and that’s what we wanted,” said Madison head coach Willie Humes. “Fortunately we hit our free throws in the second half.”
Madison converted 13 times from the charity stripe in the second half, negating three 3-point goals by the Red Devils.
“They don’t shoot threes that well, so I wasn’t expecting that at the end,” said Humes. “It was a little surprising for us, but we got through it.”
Madison jumped out to a 13-0 lead, and Jeffersonville finally broke through with a layup by Aurreeshae Hines with 2:10 left in the first period. The Red Devils scratched and clawed their way back to within two early in the second period when Hines scored on a drive to cut it to 17-15.
The Lady Cubs were whistled for nine fouls in the first period alone and had four players with three fouls at halftime. Still, they were able to extend their lead to 32-22 at the intermission.
Madison scored 12 of the first 18 points in the third quarter, including a three-pointer by Hannah Bickers, to extend their lead to 44-28, but Hines’ drive at the buzzer to cut it to 14 was a sign of things to come.
Jeffersonville scored nine points in the first 2:18 of the fourth period, cutting the lead to 47-39 when Humes called a timeout. But the Red Devils kept coming, outscoring Madison 12-7 to get within 54-51 with 2:31 left.
Madison hit three free throws and then cashed in on a technical called on the Jeffersonville bench with 1:08 to go, hitting three more free throws to build a 60-51 lead. Jeffersonville never got closer than six from there on out, as Madison played keep-away for much of the final minute.
Madison (6-0) – Crozier 14, Povaleri 12, Hecox 11, Cain 10, Bickers 7, Wynn 5, Thurnall 4.
Jeffersonville (2-3) – Hines 14, Vogen 15, Sykes 8, Midgett 6, Gray 4, Lewis 3, Marshall 2, Davis 2, Lacy 2.
3-point goals – Bickers 1, Midgett 2, Hines 1.