(Annapolis) The South Iron girls basketball team brought the Black River League Tournament championship back to Annapolis last week with a 55-50 win over Ellington in the title match on Saturday.
Leading the way for the Lady Panthers was sophomore Madison Ayers, who helped guide the team to two wins and the crown of the BRL Tournament en route to being named our Applebee’s of Farmington Athlete of the Week.
South Iron girls head coach Lawrence Graves says Ayers and the rest of the team stepped up when they needed to last week.
In the team’s two wins at the BRL Tournament last week, Ayers averaged 20 points, shot 61% from the field, 90% from the free-throw line, and added 3.5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals per game.
After exploding onto the scene last year and playing a key part in the team’s final four run as only a freshman, Ayers has shown tremendous progress this year while being asked to take on a much bigger role on both sides of the ball.
Graves says it has been impressive to watch and he anticipates her upward trajectory to continue.
Madison’s older sister Michaela, who graduated last year and is currently playing with the MAC women, had been the calming presence of the Lady Panthers’ team over the past few seasons, which left a void after her departure.
Graves says while the leadership responsibility has been distributed across the team, Madison has done a tremendous job stepping up in that department as well.
As Athlete of the Week, Ayers will receive a T-shirt, a certificate, and a coupon good for one free entree at Applebee’s in Farmington.
Full Interview with South Iron’s Lawrence Graves: