What do you love about basketball?
I love the team aspect. You need your team to do well. It’s not a solo sport like track. You have to bond well and feed off each other. It gets you going.
As the one with the most experience on your team, you are asked to do a lot. Do you feel that pressure?
I do feel it and it’s very stressful. I feel like, if I don’t get a certain amount of points in the game, we will be lacking. Or if I get in foul trouble, we will be lacking. But it’s good to work with the team and keep things moving. And we have surprised ourselves a lot. We’re definitely getting better as the year goes along.
You are targeted by the opposing defenses. Do you appreciate that sign of respect?
I notice it, and it makes me want to step up my game even more. I can’t let them break me down. And it makes my game better because I learn to work through that.
Why would you like to major in business in college?
I want to go into cosmetology and own a salon, so I want to learn how to do all that. I like working with people, and I think I would be good in the aspect of managing other people. And it would pay better than just having a station in a salon. I want to be in control.
What does being a team leader mean to you?
Being a leader is a lot of things. I feel if I’m not mentally there, and I don’t keep pushing my teammates, we all suffer. Last year Brooke (Hinton) was our mental leader and I looked up to her in a way because she knew how to motivate. That’s really important, to keep everyone focused and on the right track.
How important are role models for young kids?
Role models are important because you need that person you’re striving to be, you need that person that will show you how to do things. My dad is very smart when it comes to basketball, and he taught me the most. So I strive to make him proud and the people around me proud.
What do you enjoy away from basketball?
Shopping is fun, movies are good, all the girly things. I’m pretty much a girly-girl. I like working out and doing all that stuff, too. So it’s a mixed bag.
Your team is competing in a tough conference and sectional. What do you want to accomplish?
I want to better myself each game. And I want our team to fight every game. We can’t give up at any time. Fight for every ball, dive on the floor and show that heart.
School: Floyd Central
Family: parents Jennifer Hartlage and Keith Kaiser; brothers Josh (24), Joey (20), Isaac (8); sisters Becca (22), Riley (19), Keegan (11).
Student/athlete: Madison also runs track. She plans to play basketball in college and major in business.
Coach Kirk Hamsley: She’s driven. She goes hard and likes to compete. She’s a competitive kid. Nobody likes to lose, but she works to get better. We ask a whole lot of her. She’s a pretty tough kid.