The Madison Lady Cubs varsity basketball team is ranked in the state in Class 3A, and last Friday, led by the inside presence of senior Olivia Crozier and sophomore Sage Sproles, Madison controlled the paint and handed Switzerland County its first loss of the season, 72-45.
Switzerland County held its only lead of the contest early in the first quarter, when Hailee Lay drilled a three-pointer to give the Lady Pacers a 3-2 lead.
Madison then went on a run of 10 straight points, seven of those from Olivia Crozier, and held a 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Madison opened the second quarter with a run of straight points as Switzerland County searched from some offense.
Down 19-3, the Lady Pacers got baskets from Brooke Todd and Kelsi Konkle; and later in the period Makenzie Mathews hit a three-pointer and Brooke Todd converted a pair of freethrows.
After Madison’s Katie Hartman hit a three-pointer, the half closed with Brooke Todd making another pair of freethrows, and the teams went to the half with the Lady Pacers trailing, 26-14.
Switzerland County’s offense faltered again the third quarter, with Madison outscoring the Lady Pacers by a 26-8 count over the eight minute span to take control, 52-22.
Hailee Lay hit another three-pointer in the third quarter; Eve Galbreath added a basket; Whitley Schirmer had a freethrow, and Brooke Todd scored as the quarter ended.
With the game decided, Switzerland County did manage a strong final period, playing hard to the final horn.
The Lady Pacers outscored their guests 23-20 in the final stanza to close the gap a bit, but Madison prevailed 72-45.
In the fourth quarter, Switzerland County got a strong effort from Makenzie Mathews, who scored the first four points of the quarter on a pair of freethrows and a jumper.
Kelsi Konkle followed that with a three-point play, a basket, and a pair of freethrows to score seven straight; and following a missed freethrow, Makenzie Mathews got the rebound and was fouled. Her two conversions managed to whittle the lead down to 25.
As the game closed, Brooke Todd had another bucket; Hailee Lay made her third three-pointer of the night and also hit two freethrows; Taylar Jordan made a freethrow; and Makenzie Mathews drilled another jumpshot.
But it was simply a case of too little, too late, as Madison continued to keep the lead at a wide margin with timely scoring.
Hailee Lay and Makenzie Mathews led Switzerland County in scoring with 11 points each; and Makenzie Mathews also had four rebounds and a blocked shot.
Brooke Todd finished with 10 points and five assists; Kelsi Konkle had nine points, five rebounds and an assist; Eve Galbreath had two points and six rebounds; and Whitley Schirmer and Taylar Jordan each had a point.
Olivia Crozier, who is headed to Southeast Missouri State on a basketball scholarship, finished with 25 points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocked shots to narrowly miss a triple-double; and Sage Sproles finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds (Editor’s note: she is the daughter of former Vevay resident Jennifer [Leap] Sproles).
Katie Hartman had 11 points for Madison; and Delany Liter was in double figures with 10.
Madison held a 54-20 rebounding edge in the contest.
In the junior varsity contest Switzerland County fell by a score of 43-28.
Jody Breeck led the Lady Pacers with seven points; while Hope Tankersley added six points and Emerson Schroer had five.
Ashley Peelman had four points; Mallory Phagan had three; and Whitley Schirmer also had three.