BLACKFOOT - The Madison Lady Bobcats rode the shooting and rebounding of Jane Hansen to a 65-49 victory over the homestanding Lady Broncos of Blackfoot Wednesday evening.
Hansen tallied 20 points and snared 11 rebounds on the evening and the Broncos just couldn't find an answer for the talented sophomore.
"We just couldn't stop number 15 tonight," said Coach Mike Kirkham. "We did some nice things tonight and are making improvements over some of our recent outings, but we remain a work in progress."
Both teams found it tough score in the early going, with the first quarter ending with Madison holding a narrow 8-6 lead. The two teams combined for an even dozen turnovers in the period, eight of them by the Broncos.
"We have been working on our ball handling, but we still gave them too many chances because of our miscues," said Coach Kirkham. "If we can continue to cut down on the give aways, we will give ourselves a much better chance to win."
The Lady Broncos picked up the defense in the second quarter, forcing the Bobcats into seven turnovers, but made the same number themselves. The Bobcats got Hansen rolling in the second period as well, as she scored nine of her 20 in the period and the Madison quintet had their most productive quarter of the night, scoring 23 to open up a 31-22 lead at intermission.
The Broncos came out firing in the third quarter, with Delese Marshall hitting a deep three pointer, one of her two on the night, and the Blackfoot squad closed to within five on two occasions. The rally was short lived as the Bobcats turned to post Courtney Jackson who repeated beat the Broncos from inside. By quarter's end, the Bobcats extended their half time lead to 14 at 44-30.
"We tried some adjustments at half time and it got us back into the game," said Coach Kirkham. "We just couldn't maintain the momentum and their two big scorers took over."
Madison Pilster and Cerissa Honena tried to keep the Lady Broncos in the game as they combined for 17 of the team's 19 points in the period, but it wasn't enough as the Bobcats made nine of eleven free throws down the stretch to prevail.
MHS 8 23 13 21 65
BHS 6 16 8 19 49
Blackfoot (49) - M. Pilster 16 A. Marshall 7 D. Marshall 8 C. Honena 18 rebounding (21) C. Honena 7 assists (9) D. Marshall 3
Madison (65) - M. Marlor 12 A.Skinner 2 J. Hansen 20 D. Wills 8 R. Peterson 3 L. Manner 2 C. Jackson 18 rebounding (31) J. Hansen 11 assists (9) M. Marlor 3 J. Hansen 3