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'Cats Come Close to Victory Twice Tonight, Suffer Slight Losses to Comets on Basketball Floor

posted Feb 6, 2015, 10:19 PM by Brandon Jacks   [ updated Feb 8, 2015, 10:57 AM ]
Madill came up on the short end of two close Lake Country Conference basketball battles tonight in Dickson. The girls were just .7 seconds away from either winning at the buzzer in regulation or sending the contest into overtime in a narrow 51-49 loss to the Lady Comets. The Madill boys sparked an 11-0 run to open the third quarter to nearly erase a 14-point deficit emerging from the halftime locker room. Dickson withstood the Wildcat offensive onslaught to pull out a 58-51 victory over the 'Cats Friday night.
Madill senior guard Mikah Hartsfield drove the court to net a basket in the lane with .7 seconds remaining in regulation to cut the Dickson edge to 51-49. That gave the Lady Wildcats one last opportunity to either tie the game or win the contest with a steal and basket. Dickson triggered the inbound pass from the baseline and Hartsfield intercepted the pass near midcourt, but play was momentarily halted because the game clock started before the basketball was touched in play. The clock was reset and Madill inbounded the ball from in front of their own bench 35 feet away from the basket. The inbound pass was tipped and stolen by Dickson. It was not meant to be as the Lady 'Cats fell by the two-point margin. 
A steal and layup gave the Lady Comets a 51-47 advantage with 22 seconds to go in the fourth period.
Madill freshman Rylee Ruff's three-pointer put the score 35-34 with three minutes left in the third stanza And the scored remained 35-34 in Dickson's favor at the end of the third. The game would go back-and-forth through the remainder of the contest. Kailtlyn Jones tied the game with her free throw. Hartsfield's free throw tied the game, 38-38, with six minutes left in the contest. Freshman forward Kortlyn Yow's free throw knotted the game, 39-39, and Ruff's free throw pushed the Lady 'Cats ahead 40-39 with 4:54 showing in the last frame. Jones later gave Madill a 42-39 lead on her bucket with 4:30 to go. Junior Ali Selvy would later pull Madill within two of Dickson, 48-46, with 2:35 remaining. Hartsfield's free throw at the 2:26 mark of the fourth quarter cut the Dickson lead to 48-47. The Comets connected on a free throw and then got the steal and layup to build a 51-47 lead.
Kaitlyn Jones led Madill's girls with 15 points. Ruff wrapped the night with 10 points. Hartsfield finished the game with six points, Selvy ended up scoring six points, Lesly Guerrero had three points and Yow added a point. Madill fell behind 15-10 by the end of the first period. Dickson held the slight 27-26 advantage at the half.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures and Madill scored the first 11 points of the second half only to see Dickson come away with a seven-point victory.
Madill had fallen behind 34-20 by halftime and Dickson had all of the momentum going into the locker room Friday. However, the Wildcats responded in the the third stanza by heating up offensively to reel off 11 straight points to close the gap to 34-31 with only 36 seconds left in the third period. Dickson stopped the run by netting four free throws in a row. The Comets led 38-32 by the end of the third quarter. But, Madill didn't give in. Dickson built a 43-32 cushion before Madill junior Taber Bagley connected on a three-pointer with 5:40 left in the fourth. Sophomore Raygan Dodd's shot from beyond the arc cut the Comets lead to 47-41 with only 3:48 left in the game. Bagley nailed another three to cut the Dickson edge to 49-44 in the fourth frame. Dodd later would score from the free throw line to pull Madill within 51-47 of the Comets. Colton Clement's bucket with 2:22 to go in the game cut the Comets lead to 51-49 before Dickson outscored the 'Cats 7-2 in the final 2:22. Clement led Madill with 18 points. Dodd collected 13 points and Bagley scored a dozen points Friday. Corbin Larason had three points, Keandre Morris and Edgar Padron tossed in two points and Nick Ngyuen netted a free throw in Friday's setback for the Wildcats. Madill fell behind 17-12 by the close of the opening quarter. They faced a 34-20 deficit at halftime. And a 38-32 deficit by the conclusion of the third frame.
Madill welcomes Byng Saturday night (Feb. 7) for a contest out of conference play. The girls varsity game begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Wildcat Fieldhouse.

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