Lady Titans handle Madison’s Lady Bulldogs

MADISON — By the end of next week, Southern Coffey County High’s girls will have played three of the area’s most highly regarded high schools.
“We’d really like to make it through Christmas break undefeated,” Lady Titan head coach Jeff True said. “But we could just as easily be 2-2.”
Southern Coffey County vanquished Madison High on Friday, pouring in 41 second-half points in a 64-47 win. The victory keeps the Lady Titans’ record spotless at 2-0.
They travel to Lebo Tuesday before hosting Olpe next Friday. Both schools are ranked in the top four of Class 2A girls’ basketball.
But before the Lady Titans could turn their attention to next week, they had to contend with a powerful Madison squad.
Southern Coffey County built an early 12 point-lead, before foul trouble sent several starters to the bench. Madison took advantage and closed the Lady Titan lead to two, 23-21, by the break.
The key, True said, was Southern Coffey County’s ability to avoid foul trouble despite playing an aggressive defense after the break. The Lady Titans pushed back out to a nine-point lead, 44-35, by the end of the third period.
“We really played well on both ends,” True said. “Kaitlin Meyer did a good job of holding their big post player (Shelby Buster) to seven points, and three of those came on a banked three-pointer in the final seconds.”
The Lady Titans utilized a balanced scoring attack, with Meyer scoring 15, followed by Kristen Garland and Laurie Ohl with 12 points each and Shelby Birk with nine. Ashton Gudenkauf followed with eight points and six rebounds. Birk and Ohl also had six boards. Samantha Jacob claimed five steals. Garland and Birk had three assists.
Southern Coffey County shot 52 percent from the field, “about as good as you can get,” True said.
Morgan Stout led Madison with 18 points. Chelcie Schankie scored 10.
Southern Coffey County (14-9-21-20—64) (FG/3pt): Gudenkauf 4-0-3-8, Garland 5-2-3-12, Shields 0-0-1-0, Birk 1/1-4-3-9, Jacob 1-0-3-2, Ohl 5-2-3-12, Stephens 1-3-2-5, Meyer 5/1-2-1-15, Seabolt 0-1-0-1. TOTALS: 22/2-14-19-64.
Madison (8-13-13-13—47) (FG/3pt): B. Shaklee 4-1-3-9, Ratcliff 0-0-1-0, M. Shaklee 0/1-0-2-3, Stout 9-0-4-18, Farthing 0-0-1-0, Buster 2/1-0-1-7, Bybee 0-0-2-0. TOTALS: 16/3-6-15-47.