In the bag: MA sacks Saks to advance to Final 4Published 5:45pm Saturday, February 26, 2011
The game got out of hand.
The celebration was tame.
It was business for usual for Madison Academy, as the Lady Mustangs dominated the Sakes Lady Wildcats, 69-31, in the Elite 8 at Jacksonville State University to advance to the Final 4 in Birmingham.
The Mustangs (34-3) jumped on the Wildcats (23-9) early with a 6-0 lead, but Saks came roaring back to pull the game within one.
That would be as close as the Wildcats would get.
Madison Academy opened a 26-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to a 29-point lead at the half.
Offensively, the Mustangs beat down the Wildcats in the paint, outscoring Saks 46-10.
Nyla Johnson, the tournament’s Most valuable Player, led the Mustangs’ effort in the paint with 20 points, including 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
“It makes me feel confident,” Johnson said.
“I appreciate our team effort on defense, and Nyla Johnson 10-for-10 from the free throw line is impressive,” said Madison Academy head coach Brian Privett.
The Mustangs also dominated four other critical stats, outscoring Saks 32-12 off turnovers, 13-3 in second chance points, 14-8 on fast breaks and 19-0 off the bench.
“I knew they were going to be a tough team to beat,” said Saks head coach Michelle Morgan.
KeKe Fletcher and Lydia McGee were also each named to the All-Tournament team, finishing with 10 and seven points respectively.
Amara Mayers finished with nine points, as a total of 10 Mustangs scored in the game.
For Saks, Addesha Collins finished with a game-high 21 points, followed by Taylor West with five.
The Mustangs will take on Montgomery Academy on Wednesday, March 2 at 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
“We’re going to state!” said Fletcher.