The Madill Wildcats, ranked No. 14 in Class 4A, improved to 21-3 overall and 8-1 in Lake Country Conference play with a 50-43 victory over the Lone Grove Longhorns Monday night at the Longhorn gym.


The Madill Wildcats, ranked No. 14 in Class 4A, improved to 21-3 overall and 8-1 in Lake Country Conference play with a 50-43 victory over the Lone Grove Longhorns Monday night at the Longhorn gym.

The game had to be postponed from Feb. 10 when a tornado hit Lone Grove.

The Wildcats led 12-2 after the opening period with only Jacob McClennahan’s inside jumper showing for Lone Grove on the scoreboard.

The Longhorns (8-15, 5-4) regrouped in the second, outscoring Madill 14-9 and pulled to within 21-16 by intermission.   

“Our guys are playing together really well right now,” Madill coach Aaron George said. “Our assists are up there, because we’re playing unselfish. We didn’t do so well at the free throw line, and because of that we allowed Lone Grove to hang around. But everyone played extremely hard in this game. Lone Grove is well coached, and they play you hard all four quarters.”

Madill started the second half on a 6-0 run, but Lone Grove was able to cut the lead all the way on several occasions. Heading to the fourth, the Wildcats were maintaining a 35-27 lead.

“Both defenses played well tonight,” Lone Grove coach Gary Chaffin said. “Madill is a very good, very athletic team. They finished tied with Kingston and Plainview for the conference championship, and that says a lot. I was glad we were able to come back and play this game, because I wanted our seniors to have the opportunity to be recognized between the two games.

It’s important for them to have Longhorn fans celebrate what they’ve meant to us all these years.”

Lone Grove rallied to within five with two minutes to go. But down the stretch, the Wildcats hit just enough free throws and did a solid job of hitting fast-break buckets in response to Lone Grove’s press to hold on for the win.

Daniel Lamm had 15 points and six blocked shots to pace Madill in scoring. Kyle Cass finished with 13 for the Wildcats.

McClennahan led the way for the Longhorns with nine points.