For those who have followed the Madison-Grant Argylls this season, their record is not indicative of the progress they’ve made throughout the entire season.
And after a few really solid performances in recent games, the Argylls finally got back in the win column with a 45-39 triumph over the Daleville Broncos on Tuesday evening.
The victory halted a six-game losing streak for Madison-Grant.
“Tonight was rough early,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brandon Bradley said. “We looked a little lethargic, and I think sometimes we look at the name on the front of the jersey instead of respecting every opponent the same. Sometime in the third quarter, we started to get it in gear fully, and we were much more disciplined at both ends of the floor.”
Daleville took a 23-19 lead after the first half of play, but the Argylls played tremendous basketball in the second half, outscoring the Broncos 26-16 in the final two quarters, which included a 13-5 run to end the game.
Chelsea Bowland’s defense on Daleville’s top scorer, Heather Paulter, played a huge role in the win, as the sophomore held the Broncos’ star to just one point.
“We took away their near 18 points per game scorer [in] Heather Pautler and allowed her just one point in the third quarter,” Bradley said. “Chelsea was a huge part of that and defended her the entire game, except when she got quick rest breaks. Chelsea just went full-denial, like we’ve done with her against some of the other top players on our schedule.”
Azmae Turner, who has become a solid scoring option for the Argylls all season long, led the way with 15 points.
“Azmae started the game a little slow, but she found her groove in the second half, was much more aggressive off the bounce, and did a nice job of finishing at the basket plus knocked down a couple of open jumpers,” Bradley said. “She has come a long way offensively this season.”
Now, with just three games left, Bradley is looking for his team to continue improving with sectional play just around the corner.
“With this team it’s hard to gauge momentum. I think they’re good about taking one game at a time,” Bradley said. “We kind of have to considering the struggles we’ve had in the recent past. We play a tough Northfield team Thursday that will present matchup problems for us. We get Eastbrook on Senior Night Saturday, and we led them by two at halftime last time. From there, we finish with Alexandria next week. I think our girls will do the best they can to compete and try to win each game, as they have most of the season.”