DICKSON — Sophomore Mikah Hartsfield stepped up in a big way for Madill, sinking two free throws with 9 seconds left to give the Wildcats an exciting 50-48 win over Dickson on Friday night.
"That was a big stage for a sophomore, and she didn't wilt," Madill coach Hugh Don Sweat said. "I was very proud of her."
The game was a back-and-forth slobberknocker that came right down to the wire.
At one point in the contest, each team had leads of at least eight points, only to have the other immediately rally and tie the contest up.
Things tightened up even more in the fourth, with the lead switching hands multiple times.
"They just both played hard," Sweat said. "Both teams have a friendly rivalry, but a lot of pride ... the whole thing was just like a roller coaster."
Among the individual battles, Dickson's Katy Custer matched up with Madill's Haley Furr in the post, with each putting together solid performances. Custer finished with 20 for the Comets, while Furr scored 17 for Madill.
But it was Furr's third-quarter defense, when she and the Wildcats held Custer scoreless, that helped keep Dickson from building an advantage against a struggling Madill offense.
"We did struggle in the third quarter scoring," Dickson coach Todd Vargas said. "I'm not sure if its that we couldn't get it to her or what, I haven't looked at the stats, but they matched up pretty good on us in the second half."
The story of the fourth quarter was Madill's Kaylen Sweat, who knocked down two crucial 3-pointers as part of a 19-point effort. Sweat had five 3s for the game.
"I'm obviously proud as a father, but also as her coach," coach Sweat said. "We needed her to make some shots tonight and she did."