Written By: Rachel Powell and Lindsay Webb
Wednesday, January 19, the Freshmen girls basketball players cracked their knuckles and put their game faces on. They were ready to play against Thunder Ridge. This was a long awaited rematch between the Madison and Thunder Ridge freshmen girls.
Angie Killpack, the head coach of the Madison freshman team, said, “The last time we played this team we probably lost by 20 points, so I felt like this was going to be our game to get back at this team, so I wanted the girls to get excited and get pumped up for this game. We can’t show fear, we can't show that we already lost.”
“Tweet!” The game began and the ball was tossed into the air. Madison got the ball, ran across the court, and got the first points of the game! Thunder Ridge stole it back but Madison had amazing defense and there was almost no way that Thunder Ridge could shoot a basket. The Thunder Ridge team kept passing the ball back and forth to each other but never got a chance to shoot the ball before Madison stole it back, scoring yet another point for Madison.
Thunder Ridge called a timeout because they needed to pick it up! Thunder Ridge had been passing the ball quite a bit, but never scored until the end of the quarter. As they were running across the court, a Madison player accidentally knocked a girl from Thunder Ridge down. But she helped her up because Madison has amazing sportsmanship.
The second quarter began. Thunder Ridge started catching up! Madison was losing their momentum and Thunder Ridge scored four points in the last 15 seconds of the second quarter. At half time the score was 7:16 with Thunder Ridge in the lead.
Half time ended and the game started again. Thunder Ridge was still in the lead, but Madison was fighting really hard. It seemed like Madison had really amazing defense and they were good at passing, but their shooting was a little off.
Rachel Powell, an eighth grader watching the game, said, “I feel like our basket is jinxed. Every time we try to shoot, the ball seems to bounce right out of the air!”
The third quarter ended, 11:26 with Thunder Ridge still in the lead. Before the final quarter began, the Madison team had a pep talk. The coaches got the girls pumped up and confident. It worked! In the fourth quarter, Madison scored 10 points! Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to defeat Thunder Ridge. The final score of the game was 21:31. Madison fought hard, but they still lost. Good game girls!