Nov 3, 2018
Dover — No Western Boone girls basketball player has scored as many points as Madison Jones.
The Stars senior made a lay-up with 4:00 left in the third quarter Saturday afternoon against West Lafayette to score her 1,397th point, passing the total of Cathy Beesley (1,395).
“It’s an amazing feeling and something I have been looking forward to my whole life,” Jones said. “I never thought I would score that many points, but I have been working really hard in practice and it played off.”
She had five 30-point games last year, but would need to match her career-high of 33 to tie. She was able to do that and then some.
“I think it means more to me as a senior,” Jones said. “As a senior, you are a leader of the team and you want to do everything you can to lift up your team and be positive. It is more important to me now than it would have been a couple of year’s ago.”
That was just the first of the records Jones’ would break Saturday against West Lafayette.
She finished the game with 49 points, setting the single-game scoring record at Western Boone with two free throws with 24.9 seconds left. Courtney Nicley had the previous record of 47 points, set in 2001.
“I have been practicing on a lot of things to get myself ready for college,” Jones said. “I have been working on my pull-up jumper, finishing high and my 3-pointers. I have really been working on that in practice and I am being pushed by coach (Megan) Alexander and all our coaches, they have been great and push us every day. That is pushing me to become a better basketball player.”
Alexander said after the game that she was happy not only to see Jones break those records, but in the way Jones went about getting the points.
She didn’t force anything in the game and played within the offense.
“That is something we have been harping on her about this summer,” Alexander said. “She will get her points. I don’t like that we relied so much on her today. We really missed Lauryn Florey, who is in Mexico with a class trip and it was good to see us get a win without her. But hats off to Madison, the points were nice, but she really controlled and dictated the floor. She was a team-conscious player and made sure people were in the right spots.”
Jones’ points were just the highlights in what was a pretty strong season opener for the Stars.
Western Boone led nearly the entire game in a 72-62 win.
“Historically we have to do a better job of closing out games, and we did get a little frazzled with about four minutes to go with the lead,” Alexander said. “We were able to hang on with our leaders in Madison, Kara Brewer and Hillary Reed — they really carried us through the end.”
West Lafayette led 11-6 midway through the first quarter, but nine-straight points from Jones made it 15-11 in favor of Western Boone and the Stars never trailed again.
The Stars’ defense created havoc for the Red Devils in the third quarter, as their press led to a 9-0 run to build the lead to 15.
West Lafayette got no closer than eight the rest of the game.
“We have been working all week on our press,” Alexander said. “We tried it in our scrimmage on Wednesday and it wasn’t good. We went through the film, broke it down and worked on it. To implement what we worked on in practice was really satisfying. We used it to get the lead, then they made some adjustments at the end of the second quarter. But at halftime, we made adjustments and our girls responded, which was great to see.”
Hillary Reed finished with 10 points for Western Boone, with Kara Brewer and Emily Voils having five each.
Western Boone is back in action Tuesday when they travel north to face Lafayette Jeff.
“We have to work on our conditioning, and we are going to have to block out better,” Alexander said. “In the scrimmage, we blocked out better, but West Lafayette had more size and we couldn’t move them. We have to do a better job of cracking down from the wings, and maybe double teaming down there.”