ANDERSON TWP – Madison Temple has had her share of ups and downs while wearing Anderson’s orange and black.
She played side-by-side with her sister during her sophomore season. She also battled back from ACL tears in both knees to finish her high school career with more than 1,000 points.
Her perseverance was rewarded once more when she made her college commitment July 7 to play for coach Jeff Hans and the 2015 Division III national champion Thomas More Saints.
“That’s a great team and she deserves to play on a great team,” said Chris Carletti, Temple’s former coach. “Hopefully, it’s just ups and not too many more downs for her from here on out. She’s plenty healthy.”
Temple, who was a four-year starter, was receiving interest from local Division I schools until her injuries turned their attention elsewhere.
After completing the arduous rehabs from both injuries, she entered her senior season and Thomas More entered the mix.
Saints coaches continued to speak with her throughout the season but Temple wanted to hold off and weigh her options.
Said options cropped up this summer in the way of tryouts with Xavier and Miami (Ohio). She was glad she got to pursue those options, but said Thomas More still felt like the best fit.
“They were very patient with me throughout the whole process and even came down to Georgia to watch me play in a tournament,” Temple said. “I’m excited to play close to home, excited to play for coach Hans and playing with the Division III player of the year and for a national champion doesn’t hurt either.”
With only two seniors graduating, the majority of the roster from the title team returns including Sydney Moss, who was the D-III player of the year for the second straight year.
Temple, who has played in open gyms with the team, said she will likely be used as a slasher, getting points off dribble drives. There could be times where she brings the ball up the floor as well.
She handled point guard duties for the Redskins.
Temple has plenty to look back on during her time spent at 7560 Forest Road, but like Carletti said, things can only get better from here.
“She is the best player I’ve coached at Anderson,” he said. “I wish nothing but the best for her and am excited to see her play at the next level.”