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.
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.
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.
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).