Argylls head into Christmas break with victory, defeat Tri-Central behind strong second half effort

After some uncharacteristic defensive struggles in their loss to Mississinewa the night before, the Madison-Grant Argylls bounced back in a big way on Saturday evening, dominating the second half in a 77-48 triumph over the Tri-Central Trojans.

The Argylls ran into some foul trouble early, falling behind 13-12 after the first quarter of play, but scored 17 points in the second quarter to grab a 29-24 advantage at halftime.

In the final two quarters, the Argylls took control. Over the first two-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter, Madison-Grant outscored Tri-Central 13-2, and from that moment on, they led by double digits.

Madison-Grant’s defense was the difference, as they forced Tri-Central into multiple turnovers, turning those into easy transition baskets throughout the second half.

“We really concentrated on trying to do some different things defensively, trying to do those things better, and I feel like we did,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout said. “We came out in the [second half] and outscored them 26-10 in the third quarter and then 22-14 in the fourth. We just really got after it defensively, created some turnovers again, and were able to turn those into easy buckets.”

The Argylls shot 57 percent (28-of-49) from the field while coming away with seven steals in the victory.

“I was really pleased,” Trout said. “The kids came back focused. I told them this morning that, ‘You have to put last night’s game behind you, and you have to get ready to play another game.’ It comes down to being mentally prepared and ready to go, and they were.”

Kaden Howell played one of the best games of his high school career, finishing with 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting, while Lance Wilson collected 18 points. Jackson Manwell rounded out Madison-Grant’s double-digit scorers with 13 points.

Madison-Grant will be back in action on Saturday, December 28, when they face off against Oak Hill in the first game of the annual Grant Four basketball tournament.

“We have to figure out how to beat Oak Hill,” Trout said. “That’s obviously the focus, and we are going to work on the defensive end of the floor.”

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