Written by Matt Wixon
Madison blows past Abilene Wylie in 3A semifinal, will play Houston Yates for title
Madison players have talked all season about playing without fear. On Thursday, in the Trojans' first trip to the state tournament in three years, they gave reason to be feared as they trounced Abilene Wylie, 92-55, in a Class 3A semifinal at the Frank Erwin Center.
It might not strike fear into Houston Yates, the former 4A powerhouse whom Madison will face in the 3A title game Saturday at 10 a.m. But for those who had penciled in Yates as the state champ, Madison's performance gave a reason to keep an eraser nearby.
Madison (31-4) wore down Wylie (34-5) by pressuring on defense, relentlessly attacking the offensive boards and sending in waves of fresh players. All 15 of Madison's players got at least five minutes on the court and nobody played more than 18 of the game's 32 minutes.
That was enough time, however, for guard Admon Gilder to display his smooth jumper. The sophomore drilled 7 of 8 3-pointers and finished with 25 points.
More on this will be posted later and appear in Friday's SportsDay section of The Dallas Morning News.