If you’re going to get in the state tournament, you’ve got to find a way to win a lot of different kinds of games. Madison County is getting pretty good at winning one specific type of game in particular: low scoring defensive battles with trophies on the line.
The state-bound Mountaineers beat Strasburg 50-39 in the teams’ fourth meeting of the year to take the Region 2B championship Saturday night at Shenandoah University.
Up just a point going into the fourth, the Mountaineers slammed the door shut on the Rams in the fourth quarter, outscoring Strasburg 18-9 in the final frame to close out the win.
The Mountaineers’ junior guard tandem of Seth McLearen and Bryce Breeden carried the offensive load. McLearen finished with 14 points including a couple of key third quarter 3-pointers and also dished out four assists. Breeden finished with nine points and 10 boards. Billy Acton chipped in eight points and three boards while Wade Fox had seven points and si rebounds. Leroy Yates and Max Lohr each had four rebounds.
The Mountaineers advance to the Class 2 state quarterfinals and they’ll take on Brunswick Friday night in the first round of the state tournament at Monticello Friday night at 7 p.m.