Lady Blue Devils to Meet Copenhagen for Class D Title

Posted on Feb 24 2019 - 2:52pm by Jeff Pexton

Syracuse – The Madison Lady Blue Devils won the season series “rubber game” against Brookfield, topping the Beavers by a score of 45-40 on Sunday morning in the Section 3, Class C Girls Basketball Semifinal at SRC Arena in Syracuse.

The win was the second in row by Madison over Brookfield  since January 5th, when the Beavers bested the Lady Devils by 13 points.


Christa Usborne (14) fights through traffic for a first half bucket for Madison. Photo – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging


That January 5th loss to Brookfield is the only blemish on Madison’s record so far this season.

This win, which improved 2nd seeded Madison to (21-1), means that the Lady Devils have a ticket to the Carrier Dome at 5 p.m. on Thursday, where they will take on top seeded Copenhagen, a 51-34 winner over 4th seeded LaFargeville on Sunday.


Kayla Usborne (right) made 15 of 16 free throw attempts and led the Lady Blue Devils with 19 points. Photo – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging.


Today’s contest was never easy for Madison, but many of the basketball traditionalists in attendance must have been happy to see the Lady Blue Devils convert 22 of 24 chances from the foul line into just about 50% of their total points on the day.

Kayla Usborne, who finished the day with 19 points, made a remarkable 15 of 16 free throws to lead Madison to the win.


Mary Ellen Coleman (22) goes to the basket with under a minute to go to put Madison up for good. Photo – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging

This see saw battle, which was actually tied at 38-38 with under a minute to go, wasn’t put away until Madison’s Mary Ellen Coleman found herself open in the paint and coolly placed the ball off the glass to put her team up for good at 40-38.

Jaelyn Vleer-Elliot led all scorers with 22 points for Brookfield, who finishes a terrific season at (17-3).


Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott (21) led all scorers with 22 of Brookfield’s 40 points on the day. Photo – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging