For most of Saturday evening’s game against Wabash, the Argylls were in control, taking care of business on both ends of the floor against a good team on the road.
But the defending Sectional 37 champions, trailing 46-37 after the third quarter, outscored the Argylls 21-8 in the final frame, coming away with a 58-54 triumph and handing Madison-Grant their second straight loss to start the season.
Despite some excellent effort on defense and on the glass, turnovers on offense, particularly in the fourth quarter, proved costly.
“We got out in transition, and that was working really well for us. We rebounded the ball well, and I thought we played really well defensively tonight,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout said. “We were able to get out in transition and get some easy buckets.
“But then later in the game, we were still trying to get out in transition, but we made some ill-advised passes late. We were trying to throw the perfect pass instead of the next pass, and turned it over way too many times in the fourth quarter. That ended up being our demise.”
Three Argylls finished in double figures, led by Grant Brown’s 16 points. Lance Wilson recorded 12 points, while Kaden Howell collected 11.
Defensively, Madison-Grant held Wabash to just 35 percent shooting from the floor, so while the game ultimately ended in a loss, the Argylls have plenty of positives to build on going forward.
“I just felt like we competed,” Trout said. “I really didn’t feel like we competed very much Tuesday night, but I think we turned that around tonight. I thought we did a good job of getting after it and competing. That was my biggest take from tonight.”