The first championship game in Madison girls basketball history didn’t go the Bulldogs’ way, as they fell to St. Thomas More 54-41 Saturday night in Watertown. The loss ended a post-season run that had seen the Bulldogs come from being the 4th seed in the Region playoffs, to being 2nd place at the State Tournament.
Madison matched the Cavaliers shot for shot in the first half, with the lead changed hands five times early in the game. St. Thomas More took a three point lead at the half, and maintained that lead going into the 4th quarter. In that final quarter, the Cavaliers finally pulled away, outscoring Madison 15-5, to secure their 5th consecutive Class A State Championship.
Aislinn Duffy led the Cavaliers with a game high 26 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Jessi Giles scored 15 to lead the Bulldogs. Olivia Rud added 9 points and 9 rebounds; Anna Theophilus scored 7 while Nicole Brown added 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Giles and Rud were both named to the All-Tournament team.
The four Bulldog seniors led Madison to a 15-11 record this season, and second straight trip to the State Tournament. The 2nd place finish is the highest ever for a Madison girls team.
Also Saturday in Watertown, the West Central Trojans battled back in the 4th quarter for a 50-44 win over McCook Central/Montrose, in the Class A Girls 3rd place game. Ashly Macdonald led the way for West Central with 11 points and 5 rebounds. The lone senior for the Trojans also scored the 1,000 point of her career.
Morgan Koepsell had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss for the Fighting Cougars, Natalie Gottlob added 10 points. Both seniors were named to the All-Tournament team.