Madison Academy 40, Tanner 23
The Class 3A No. 5 Madison Academy girls basketball team used a stingy defense to power past 2A Tanner Friday night.
Madison Academy (13-7) held Tanner (6-11) to seven first-half points and led 21-7 at the break and 34-12 after three quarters.
The Mustangs have played eight of 20 games this season against 6A schools, including a 57-47 loss to defending state champion Sparkman and wins against Vestavia Hills, James Clemens and Buckhorn.
Tanner also has played a stiff schedule, with eight of 17 games against higher-classification schools, including 6A Austin and James Clemens. The Rattlers defeated county rivals Elkmont and Ardmore earlier this month and nearly upset West Limestone in a 44-42 loss on Jan. 8.
Madison Academy’s Sierra Jones had a game-high 16 points, and fellow junior Imani Kyser added 11.
Sophomore guard Kelsey Houston led Tanner with 12 points.
Tanner hosts Ardmore in the opening round of the Limestone County Basketball Tournament at 5:30 p.m. Monday, while Madison Academy hosts Westminster Christian Academy Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in area play.