The Madison High School girls’ basketball team used a 21-2 second-half run to lower the boom on Charlestown 72-46 Saturday night to win the Class 3-A Charlestown Sectional.
The No. 7 Cubs (16-2) will face the Vincennes-Southridge winner in the Jasper Regional next Saturday morning.
Madison led just 28-26 when the run started midway through the third quarter.
“We’re capable of doing that,” coach Willie Humes said. “We moved the ball around well. When we get on the fast break, it’s whoever gets the ball at the end. We can score a bunch of ways.”
He said his team is well-tested after playing in the rugged Hoosier Hills Conference. Madison, loser only to Bedford North Lawrence and Jeffersonville, is the only Class 3-A school in the HHC.
“I think they can go a long way, but you have to play every day you come out,” Humes said.
Madison had four double-figure scorers, led by 6-foot-2 Olivia Crozier with 19 points. Alex Thurnall added four 3-pointers and 15 points.
The Pirates (15-7) got off to a rocky start and seemed nervous as the Cubs surged to a quick 7-1 lead. Still Charlestown trailed only 9-5 after Kaitlynn Henning hit 1 of 2 free throws with 4:04 left in the first quarter. Then the Cubs, who kept pounding the ball inside, went on an 8-2 run to lead 17-7 with 1:07 left in the quarter.
The biggest plays of the first half probably were fouls, as Justice Burdin picked up her second with 3:57 left in the second quarter. Madison’s decisive runs started soon after.
“It’s identical to what happened up there,” Charlestown coach Michael Prichard said, referring to a 70-42 loss to the Cubs on Feb. 7. “It happened in a flash.”
Prichard said the Jasper Regional “will be tough. Madison has a good shot. They deserved to win (the sectional). … They have three or four good shooters, and they have three or four good post players.”
Henning paced the Pirates with 18 points.
The Pirates, who knocked off Brownstown on Tuesday, took charge early and never let the Warriorettes up for a breath. They scored the first nine points and build a 15-point lead in the first half. * Charlestown 70, Scottsburg 55:
“We missed the whole first half,” Scottsburg coach Donna Cheatham said. “I don’t know where we were, but we weren’t here.”
The Warriorettes (15-6) cut the deficit to seven in the third quarter, but Charlestown responded by scoring 10 of the final 12 points in the quarter. The closest Scottsburg came in the final quarter was 53-46 on Jillian Romero’s layup with 5:10 left.
Henning paced the Pirates with 20 points. Burdin, who hit 11 of 12 free throws, added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Kelsey Smith led Scottsburg wih 21 points, and Ashley Elliott had 18.
“I have some good kids, but I don’t know if I have a take-charge kid,” Cheatham said. “We rushed at times instead of letting the game come to us. I’d love to say Charlestown killed us. They didn’t. We killed ourselves.”
* The Cubs spurted out to an 18-7 lead and cruised past the Dragons (7-16). Whitney Wynn led a balanced attack with 17 points, and Crozier added 13.Madison 60, Silver Creek 45:
Bailee Popp paced Silver Creek with 11.
“They’re a very, very good basketball team,” Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen said. “They’re a solid basketball team.”
The Dragons battled foul issues in the first half, when starters Alexis Barnett and Kelsi Scott picked up three apiece.
“We have to have those two on the floor,” Schoen said.