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Vandenberg and Couch

Lauren Vandenberg, left, and Olivia Couch work for rebound position against Madison Feb. 8 at the David City gym. 

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Madison's fast start was too much for the David City girls basketball team to overcome Feb. 8 in David City. The Madison Dragons jumped out to a 17-point lead in route to a 57-46 victory.

“Because we got off to such a slow start, we weren't able to control the tempo of the game,” David City coach Nathan Wall said. “Madison is a team that likes to walk the ball up the floor, run their sets and get the ball to their best players. Well, since we had troubles scoring and because we turned the ball over so much in the half court, we weren't able to get into our press, force tempo and put a good denial on Brittany Jurgens.

Madison controlled the game pace to begin the game. Betcy Saldana recorded a layup in transition to make 11-5.

Three-pointers by Brooke Mewis and Brittney Jurgens extended the lead. Saldana added layups on two straight possessions to push the Dragons ahead 21-6.

Chaquoya Givens' basket underneath got the Scouts back in the scoring column. Her rebound and layup made it 26-10. David City later found Olivia Couch underneath, where she was fouled. After making both free throws the Scouts trailed 28-12.

In the second half, David City found a way to slow down Madison’s red-hot offense. The Scouts began to press, which resulted in multiple turnovers for Madison.

“I was impressed with our second half comeback,” Wall said. “When our back is against the wall, you know we are going to finish hard. But we have to have better starts."

David City took advantage by getting to the free throw line. Macy Svoboda and Silvia Hernandez both connected on a pair of free throw attempts to cut the deficit to 35-21. Olivia Couch’s jumper brought the Scouts back to within single digits. After a missed three-pointer, Payton Andel’s rebound and layup made it 37-31.

Andel turned a  Madison turnover by into a fast break layup, and David City had cut the gap from 20 points to 4. Madison answered with a huge three-pointer by Saldana. A layup by Megan Eisenmann on the next possession sealed the Dragons victory.

Givens led The Scouts in her final home game with 11 points. Olivia Couch and Svoboda each added 10 points.

Brittney Jurgens had a game-high 27 points for the Dragons, followed by Saldana with 15 points.

February 8 at David City

Madison (6-16)- 17 15 5 20- 57

David City (5-15)- 6 9 16 15- 46

Scoring-David City: Givens 11, Svoboda 10, O. Couch 10, Andel 8, Backstrom 3, Cummings 2, Hernandez 2.

Madison: B. Jurgens 27, Saldana 15, Eisenmann 5, R. Jurgens 3, Mewis 3, Henry 2, Butts 1

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