MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Collinwood’s season ended in the first round of the TSSAA Class A state tournament Wednesday when the Trojans lost to Madison 65-48 at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
Madison (26-10) jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter in large part because of defensive miscues and a lack of aggressiveness by the Trojans, according to head coach Wesley Huddleston.
“We didn’t guard the ball enough, and when you get to this level you’ve got to do that because the players here can shoot it,” Huddleston said. “Madison deserved to win the game because they came out going after loose balls and getting rebounds.
“We just seemed cautious or nervous and didn’t get after it. Madison did, and they led.”
A lack of offensive production didn’t help matters any for Collinwood. The Trojans (24-8) shot 25 percent from the field in the first half, which allowed Madison to pull ahead to a 37-18 halftime advantage.
“We weren’t squared up and looking at the goal,” said senior Alexis Haddock. “We just didn’t take good shots, and that hurt us.”
Huddleston admitted the change in type of venue didn’t help as Collinwood hadn’t played in an environment similar to the Murphy Center’s with stands all the way around the court.
“There were probably some problems there with depth perception because there wasn’t a wall right behind the goal like we’re used to,” Huddleston said. “Sometimes it takes a while for you to get used to shooting in that type of situation, and that’s what happened to us today.”
Despite the loss, Huddleston said it’s been a good season for the Trojans.
“We lose two seniors off this team, so we’ve got a lot coming back,” Huddleston said. “But we play in (District) 12-A, and it’s good all the way around with Summertown, Wayne County, Loretto and everybody else.
“Whoever comes out of that will be a tough team.”
Hanna Littrell, the Trojans’ other senior, said she’s proud of being part of the senior class that returned Collinwood to the state tournament.
“I hope to see them get back here next year and maybe even win a game and move on past this round,” Litrell said. “This season’s been fun.”
Haddock recorded a double-double in the loss with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Dakota Smith was Madison’s leading scorer with 19 points, while Cayla Sheets had 18 and Taylor Davis had 10.