Sunday, February 25

    Madison rallies for win over Geneva

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    MADISON—Madison rallied in the fourth quarter to pull out a 60-58 nonconference win over visiting Geneva on Monday.

    The Blue Streaks used their pressure defense to set the tone early and led 16-9 after the first quarter and 33-22 at halftime.

    “Geneva is a good team,” said Madison coach Tedd Wagner. “They’re well-coached and we knew this was going to be a tough game. They don’t do a lot of different things, but what they do, they do very well.”

    The Eagles made their move in the second half and used a 12-0 run to take a 39-37 lead late in the third quarter. Geneva led by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter.

    “We mixed up a lot of different pressures and we were getting turnovers and easy baskets in transition,” Wagner said of his team’s early success. “In the third quarter, our pressure was not as effective and they got very hot. They got out to a six or seven-point lead at one point but we kept battling back.”

    Riley Montagner, who finished with a team-high 14 points, converted an and-one early in the fourth quarter to lead the Madison comeback.

    Geneva held a 58-57 lead with one minute remaining in the game but Madison forced a turnover and scored the game-winner to seal the Senior Night victory.

    “The juniors did a great job of getting the gym ready and decorating and finding a place for the seniors,” Wagner said. “The whole night went really well. I was very happy about that and it was exciting to see.”

    Kearsten Woleben also scored in double figures for Madison as she finished with 12 points. Claire Wakim and Payton Lewanski both contributed with nine, Chloe Bancroft added eight, and Elizabeth Bottar and Riley Elliott each scored four points.

    Montagner was recognized during the game for passing Tiffany Arendas-Russ as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

    “I set a goal for myself to become the leading scorer in Madison history,” Montagner said. “I work endless hours in the gym and work hard to get to these goals and it feels wonderful to accomplish it.”

    Brooke Richmond scored a game-high 18 points to lead Geneva. Olivia Wilms added 13.

    Madison improved to 5-4 overall and will host North on Saturday. Geneva dropped to 5-5 and will host North on Wednesday.

    Brian Papesch contributed to this story


    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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