Madison bounced back from a season-opening loss on Friday with a convincing 56-39 nonconference win at Nordonia on Tuesday.
The Blue Streaks (1-1) got off to a fast start and cleaned up many of the mistakes they made in the loss at Perry.
“The girls came out on fire,” said Madison coach Tedd Wagner. “We had 23 points and five 3-pointers in the first quarter. Our press was very aggressive in the first quarter so we turned them over a lot. I think maybe we caught him off guard a little bit because we were playing really fast.”
Riley Montagner sparked the Blue Streaks in the first quarter as she scored 12 of her 23 in the opening period. She hit two of the five Madison 3-pointers. Chloe Bancroft, Elizabeth Bottar, and Payton Lewanski also hit from long range as the Blue Streaks jumped out to a 23-11 lead.
Bancroft hit two more 3s in the second quarter and added one in the third as she finished the game with 14 points.
“It was super important to find our groove,” Bancroft said of Madison’s offensive success. “We needed to build momentum this game and we definitely did that.”
Madison extended its lead to 34-26 at halftime and then held the Knights to just 13 points in the second half.
“I think we played six or seven defenses,” Wagner said. “In the first half, our press was working but they kind of figured that out and in the second half, we mixed it up a little bit and kind of got into a gritty half-court defense. We were just going to man up and stop them and we held them to 13 points in the second half. I was very happy with our defensive effort because we have spent a lot of time on it and we have to defend.”
Montagner led the Streaks with 23 points and Bancroft and Bottar also finished in double-figures with 14 and 11, respectively. Lewanski contributed with seven points in her first action of the season.
“Offensively, the team talked to me about how we did not play very well against Perry and we kind of played hero ball and were maybe a little bit selfish, and those are their words, not mine,” Wagner said. “The last couple of days we talked about how Perry passed up a good shot for a great shot and I thought today we were much more patient and we moved the ball really well to get the shots we wanted to get and didn’t settle for the first shot we could get.”
Madison returns to action on Friday when they host West Geauga at 2:30 p.m.
“(This) gives us a lot of confidence heading into upcoming games,” Bancroft said. “In the locker room after tonight’s game the whole team was feeling great and we’re excited to carry this energy throughout the season.”