The Marion County girls basketball team didn't have an answer for state-ranked Madison on Thursday in a 59-23 road loss.
The long season for the winless Marion County girls basketball team continued with a 59-23 road loss to Madison.
Madison took control early, with Biance Stocks and Keleigh Bennett leading the Panthers to a quick 8-0 lead to help build a 15-2 edge through the first quarter.
Madison (16-3), ranked third in Class 1, extended its lead to 30-4 at halftime and breezed to victory Thursday.
“They were definitely a lot bigger and they outmuscled us,” Marion County coach Megan Zook said. “We simply could not get anything going, offensively or defensively. We’ve had closer games that we maybe should have won, but not tonight.”
Payton Hays paced Marion County (0-15) with 14 points, while Sadie Spratt drained two 3-pointers.
Bennett led Madison with 18 points, while Stocks had 16.
Zook said that even after another loss, she is pleased overall that her players maintain intensity and play hard.
“The last several years have been tough, and we have some very young players — two who are playing their first varsity ball this year,” she said. “We just keep learning. We know there are better days ahead of us. I told the girls that we just have to go out now and play for ourselves and our team.”
Madison coach Jacob Youse said his team stuck to its game plan.
“We executed well tonight. We followed our defensive assignments, and moved the ball well,” Youse said. “I was pleased. We had a few things go wrong, but it was a good effort.”
Marion County hosts Scotland County on Monday.
Madison plays Monday afternoon against Atlanta in the opening round of the LaPlata Tournament.