Madison Prep Academy took care of business on its home floor as the Chargers wrapped up both the boys and girls District 6-1A titles with wins over Southern Lab on Monday night.
The boys matchup, featuring two teams in the top six of the unofficial Class 1A power rankings, was close for a half before Madison Prep pulled away for a 70-46 win.
The Lady Chargers, playing for their first district title in only their second year of competition, put away the Southern Lab girls in the final minute of their 47-40 win.
Madison Prep boys 70, Southern Lab 46: Madison Prep (27-0, 7-0) led 27-23 at halftime and then outscored the Kittens 24-7 in the third quarter. Lab (18-6, 4-2) never got the lead under 10 in the fourth quarter.
Josh Anderson sparked MPA’s third-quarter surge by hitting two 3-pointers and two free throws along with an assist. MPA led 41-27 midway through the quarter and continued pressuring Lab.
The Kittens made just one of their final six field goal attempts in the quarter.
“In the first half, I think they brought a lot more energy, and the score reflected that,” MPA coach Jeffery Jones said. “We made a few adjustments at the half and did a better job executing in the third quarter.
“We got a little separation, and got back to playing Madison Prep’s brand of basketball.”
Anderson finished with four 3-pointers and a game-high 25 points. Brandon Sampson added 14 for the Chargers.
Lab, which lost to MPA for the third time this season, was led by Bladrick Veal’s 11 points.
“I told the guys going into this that Southern Lab was playing for the same thing we were. The winner was going to take the district championship,” Jones said. “It’s tough enough to beat (Southern Lab) once.”
Madison Prep girls 47, Southern Lab 40: Madison Prep (24-7, 7-0) made 10 of 12 free throws in the final three minutes to hold off the Southern Lab girls.
The teams played a nailbiter Jan. 23, when MPA edged Lab 61-60.
This time, there were only two ties and two lead changes, but MPA was never able to shake loose from Lab (13-10, 4-2) for long.
“We played extremely well,” MPA coach Dwayne Hayes said. “We were prepared to play, and we played hard. You expect a tough game playing against Southern Lab, but we played well.”
MPA’s largest lead was 10 points, once each in the second and third quarters. Lab trailed 31-27 entering the fourth and got within 35-34 on Cailain Williams’ free throws with 4:14 left to play.
MPA edged back out to a 42-37 lead with a minute left, but Williams’ 3-pointer got Lab within 43-40 with 23 seconds left.
It proved to be Lab’s last gasp as Sherry Porter hit four free throws to ice the game for MPA.
Porter, who scored 36 in the teams’ first meeting, topped MPA with 23 points, while Latedra Franklin scored 17. Lab was led by Williams’ 20 points.
“We knew in order to win, we had to contain (Williams),” Hayes said. “Our game plan was to slow her up and let everything else take care of itself.”