LYNDON — The Madison boys basketball team didn’t get off to the start it wanted Thursday against Lyndon.
Even after facing a double-digit halftime deficit, the Bulldogs outscored the Tigers in the final 16 minutes to take a 42-39 victory.
“We were struggling to shoot the ball,” Madison head coach Brett Dannels said. “We played some pretty decent defense, but we struggled until halftime. We just couldn’t find a rhythm. That was the biggest thing.”
Lyndon led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and extended that to 25-14 at halftime.
“I told the boys at halftime ... to stay calm and relaxed. Just keep grinding away and chip away a little at a time (and) don’t make it all up in one play,” Dannels said.
The Bulldogs responded to the message using a 13-5 third quarter to pull within three points heading into the final eight minutes.
Madison took the lead early in the fourth quarter and made multiple free throws down the stretch to take home the win.
“When you can get a win like that on the road, you take them,” Dannels said.
Austin Watts led the way for Madison with 15 points.
Madison (10-10) hosts Hartford at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the Olpe regional.
“Every time we play Hartford, (Patrick) Gardner always has his kids ready to go,” Dannels said. “I told my boys after the game tonight, ‘This is what we look forward to. You’ve got to go into this game a little bit tougher. We’ve got to be a little bit stronger, scrappier. We’ve got to do all the little things right and we’ll walk out of there with a ‘W’.’ We’ve got to go in prepared for the game and not worry about what’s happened in the past.”
Lyndon girls 46, Madison 31
Lyndon’s Brooke Addleman was too much for the Madison girls as the Tiger junior scored 25 points in a 46-31 victory over the Bulldogs.
Madison was held to three points in the first quarter and it could never rebound from there trailing 13-3 after the first quarter. The Tigers held a 25-13 advantage at halftime and built that into a 15-point lead heading into the fourth.
“It’s hard to win a basketball game when the ball doesn’t go in the hole,” Madison head coach Vanessa Kresin said. “We had good looks. The girls played hard. They gave it everything they had. We’ve got to find other ways to win. We controlled what we could control the best we could.”
Emily Farrow led the Bulldogs with 18 points.
Madison (7-13) travels to Hartford for a 7 p.m. contest on Monday in the first round of the Olpe regional.
“It comes down to effort and playing your best at this point of the season,” Kresin said.
Madison 3 10 7 11 — 31
Lyndon 13 12 10 11 — 46
Madison: E. Farrow 18, Williams 7, R. Farrow 6.
Lyndon: Re. Martin 1, Wells 3, Moore 1, Criqui 8, Addleman 25, Harsch 5, Gross 3.
Madison 10 4 13 15 — 42
Lyndon 15 10 5 9 — 39
Madison: Watts 15, Dr. Stutesman 8, Harrison 7, Wolgram 7, Beuttner 5.
Lyndon: Kitzleman 18, Croucher 6, Baker 5, Massey 5, Miller 4, Detwiler 1