Kingston’s Chassity Crowley came out firing, but Madill’s defense clamped down in the second half to pull out a 52-39 win on Friday in the battle of “The Sneaker.”


Kingston’s Chassity Crowley came out firing, but Madill’s defense clamped down in the second half to pull out a 52-39 win on Friday in the battle of “The Sneaker.”


Crowley hit all four of her first-half three-point attempts to give the Redskins a 28-26 halftime lead. The Wildcats would turn it up after halftime, however, through a crisp inside-out passing game and by active hands on defense.


“I thought we were a little flat but we got better as the game went on,” Madill coach Hugh Don Sweat said of his girls. “In the second half we were a little more fluid and got to moving the ball.”


The game took the final swing in Madill’s favor thanks to the Wildcats’ Nichole Bates. The senior center hit a 20-foot jumper to cut Kingston’s lead to one, then get a block on the defensive end to keep the score 33-32.


At the 1-minute mark, Bates pulled off the same sequence in reverse order, as she swatted another shot which led to her hitting another basket to keep the Wildcats close.


The Wildcats went ahead 36-35 with 35 seconds left in the third and never relinquish the lead.


Bates would score a team-high 13 points for Madill, and was helped by Emily Little’s 12 and Jady Lollis’ 11.


Crowley led the Redskins with a game-high 15 points, but only three came after halftime. Kingston’s Jessica Reeves tallied eight points and eight rebounds.


Madill got the gold-dipped Nike sneaker, a tradition started in 2006 to accompany “The Shoe” rivalry between the Kingston and Madill boys.


“It’s Madill-Kingston,” Sweat said. “It’s a mental war ‘cause you think about it all week.
“I’m proud of them. It’s a big win for our kids.”

Erik K. Horne,
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erik.horne@ardmoreite.com