1A: Madison tops PSJ to Gain Title Game Appearance

February 16, 2016
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Madison tops Port St Joe to Gain Title Game Appearance

It got a little tighter than Madison County coach Marcus Hawkins expected, but when it was all said and done on Tuesday, he was happy enough to dance.

The Cowgirls led Port St. Joe by as many as 19 points in the third quarter of their Class 1A state semifinal. Port St. Joe’s hot shooting and Madison County’s careless play late in the game allowed the Tiger Sharks to cut the deficit to 51-48 in the final minutes. But Madison County survived 53-48 at The Lakeland Center.

Now the Cowgirls — in their first appearance in the state finals — are one win away from a title. They face Trenton in the Class 1A final at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

“I’m trying not to dance,” Hawkins said with a laugh. “Super excited for this group of girls, coaching staff, administration, school, city. This is just the world to us. Having come here, first time in school history, so much support back home, even outside Madison, this just means the world.”

While Madison County survived Port St. Joe’s late rally, it looked like the game was all but over after three quarters. Senior Jameica Cobb scored eight of Madison County’s first 10 points to open the second half as the lead ballooned to 18 points.

The senior guard, who had 11 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter, finished with 25 points and nine rebounds.

But it was Madison County’s athleticism defensively that gave the Tiger Sharks trouble. The Cowgirls’ box-and-1 defense put a stranglehold on senior Teiyahna Hutchinson, who scored 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting along with eight turnovers.

While center Halie Jasinski finished with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double and Callie Fleshern hit three 3-pointers during Port St. Joe’s late rally — it was a lack of composure late that cost them.

“I thought we got back into it and got a few possessions, maybe six or seven that we didn’t capitalize on,” Port St. Joe coach Kenny Parker said. “There was a little too much standing around. Maybe a few of them’s butt cheeks got a little tight.”

PORT ST. JOE (48): Callie Fleshern 4-8 3-6 11, Halie Jasinski 6-10 2-2 14, Teiyahna Hutchinson 7-17 4-11 18, Jaiva Patterson 0-5 3-6 3, Aliyah Johnson 0-7 0-0 0, Jamarian Larry 0-0 0-0 0, Quinci Elphinstone 0-0 0-0 0, Khaliyah Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 18-48 9-2148.

MADISON COUNTY (53): Josie Long 3-11 3-6 9, Kevisa Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Adrianna Kinsey 1-4 0-0 2, Tamiera Mobley 4-12 3-3 14, Jameica Cobb 11-20 2-6 25, Travecia Fead 0-0 0-0 0, Cindy Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Ken’neatha Newsome 0-0 0-0 0, Darresha White 0-0 0-0 0, Niyah Hall 1-2 1-2 3. TOTALS: 20-52 9-17 53.

Halftime: MC 30-20.

3-pointers: MC 4-12 (Mobley 3); PSJ 11-38 (Fleshern 3).

Rebounds: MC 38 (Cobb 9); PSJ 40 (Jasinski 12).

Assists: MC 16 (Mobley 3); PSJ 19 (Jasinski 5).

Turnovers: MC 8, PSJ 11.

Total Fouls: MC 15, PSJ 13.

Fouled Out: None.

Technical Fouls: None.

Port St. Joe;13;7;10;18;—;48

Madison County;22;8;15;8;—;53

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