After a tightly contested first half in Friday night’s contest between Madison-Grant and Frankton, the Eagles, behind some stout defense in the final two quarters, outscored the Argylls 38-20 after halftime en route to a 61-45 triumph.
“They were a lot more physical in the second half. We just didn’t match that physicality,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout said. “They just out-toughed us. They wanted it more than we did. That was the difference in the game.”
Madison-Grant held a 14-13 lead after the first quarter and led by two points, 25-23, at intermission. But the Eagles’ defense began to take over the game in the second half. The Eagles outscored the Argylls by 10 points in the third quarter before scoring 22 points in the final frame to secure the 16-point triumph.
“They stepped up their pressure, and we just didn’t handle it very well,” Trout said. “They were just more physical in the second half, and that took us out of everything.”
Kaden Howell led the way with 17 points, while Grant Brown scored 10 and Jackson Manwell finished with nine.
Madison-Grant will be back in action this coming weekend against Eastbrook, and Trout is hoping for a better result.
“We have to focus on us. The focus this week is going to be on us,” Trout said. “We’ve got to clean some things up. We have to get back in the gym next week and go to work.”