Madison head coach Vanessa Kresin and her assistant Ashley Cahoone issued an effort challenge for the Bulldogs in their opening round game of the Lyon County League Tournament against Burlingame Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs answered the bell, eventually, outscoring the Bearcats 25-8 in the second half to rally for a 38-32 victory.

“We challenged them, we needed more effort,” Kresin said. “We came out in that third quarter and they did just that.”

Madison trailed 5-1 early and saw that deficit increase to 12-8 at the end of the first quarter. A four-point advantage for Burlingame increased to 11 at the halftime break.

The Bulldogs opened the third quarter with the first four points, before Emmy Punches scored Burlingame’s only basket of the period. Madison then went on a 10-0 run to lead 27-26 on a Taylor Williams 3-pointer, giving the Bulldogs the lead. The two teams exchanged baskets over the next four possessions, but the Bulldogs made enough free throws for the six-point win.

“These girls really don’t get themselves rattled as far as we’re down 11 points,” Kresin said. “They continued to chip away and put themselves in good situations. Then they executed — all of them.”

Senior Emily Farrow was the sole Bulldog to score in double-figures with 18 points. Korie Watts, Reese Farrow and Amber Stutesman combined for 18.

“It was a huge win,” the elder Farrow said. “We were really unselfish in that second half. We did really good of playing off of each other.”

Punches led Burlingame with 12 points while Daelyn Winters added 10.

Madison will play Olpe in a championship semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday while Burlingame will take on Marais des Cygnes Valley in a consolation semifinal at 7 p.m. this evening.

Madison 8 5 11 14 — 38

B’Game 12 12 2 6 — 32

Madison: Watts 5, E. Farrow 18, Serrer 2, R. Farrow 7, Stutesman 6.

Burlingame: Punches 12, Winters 10, Giffin 6, Lewis 4.

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