Written by Corbett Smith
Cold shooting doesn't keep Madison star from helping his team oust Wilmer-Hutchins, 79-65
Normally, Madison junior guard Admon Gilder is a dead-eye shooter; in last year’s University Interscholastic League state tournament, Gilder made 11 3-pointers over two games, helping Madison to the Class 3A title.
However, against Wilmer-Hutchins in Tuesday’s 3A Region II quarterfinal, Gilder’s shot was failing him – going 3 of 13 from the floor.
So, instead of scoring, Gilder grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds to go along with 14 points and four assists, as Madison beat District 11-3A foe Wilmer-Hutchins, 79-65, at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse.
“He’s more than just a shooter,” Madison coach Rod Johnson said. “He helps out in a lot of ways. Tonight, the shots weren’t falling, but he did what he had to do to help us move on.”
With the win, Madison (26-3) will face Kilgore in this weekend Region II tournament, held at Texas A&M-Commerce.
With Gilder – Madison’s leading scorer – below his scoring average, other players filled the void. Jonathan Turner led Madison with 23 points – with a handful of alley-oop dunks set up on passes by Cameron Bryant. Bryant finished with 18 points, six assists and five steals.
Early in the first quarter, Wilmer-Hutchins (17-13) seemed determined to play at a deliberate pace. Four minutes in, the teams were tied at 4-4, with Wilmer-Hutchins content to rotate the ball around the perimeter. But Madison, which won both district meetings between the teams by an average of 15.5 points, forced its pace by the second quarter, scoring 64 points in the final three periods.
Wilmer-Hutchins guard Willie Hollins led all scorers with 27, scoring 15 in the fourth quarter.