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Madison trounces rival Rigby 72-37

Madison’s Konner Jackson (24) goes for a basket during their rivalry game against Rigby. The Bobcats won 72-37. (Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com)

REXBURG The first 5A District 5-6 matchup between the Madison and Rigby high school boys basketball teams was also lopsided.

Madison entered Tuesday’s rivalry game with a 9-1 record and a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the state media poll. Rigby was 1-8, with its lone win over Star Valley, Wyo.

The Trojans (1-9, 0-2 in conference) kept the crowd interested in the first quarter and a half, but the Bobcats (10-1, 3-0) pulled away in the second for a 72-37 victory at Madison High School.

“It’s a rivalry game,” Madison coach Bill Hawkins said. “You can throw records out. It can be a heck of a ball game, and I’ve noticed that throughout the years. (Rigby) came out and did a heck of a job in that first quarter.”

The Trojans trailed 14-10 after one quarter and rejected all of Madison’s early attempts to build a big lead. Rigby’s fans, who were quiet for most of the first quarter, erupted after senior guard Connor Shippen hit a 3-pointer early in the second to cut Madison’s lead to 20-17. The Bobcats’ largest lead to that point was seven points despite efficient scoring (20 points on 13 shots). Rigby answered every small run.

“We’ve had a rough season, but I’m pleased with the fight,” Rigby coach Justin Jones said. “We came out ready to play tonight.”

If Shippen’s 3 built any momentum, the Trojans immediately lost it. Madison responded to Shippen’s shot with a 13-0 run. Rigby closed out the half strong, but the 35-25 halftime deficit would be tough for any team to overcome, considering the opponent.

The Bobcats stayed hot with a 21-8 third quarter, and they forced a running clock halfway through the fourth quarter, when a Justin Weiszhaar layup increased the margin to 66-35. Offensive rebounding helped spark the Bobcats, who have an average height of 6-foot-3 among their 11 players.

“Coach always mentions that we need to use our length as much as possible because most teams don’t have our size,” Madison’s 6-foot-4 wing Mason Downey said. “It’s a huge advantage for us.”

Weiszhaar starred in a scary play a couple minutes later. With 1:20 left, Cameron Webster missed a fast-break layup. Weiszhaar leaped to grab the rebound and landed on the shoulders of Rigby big man Nate Franz in a seated position. As Weiszhaar passed the ball to a teammate, he fell to the floor, landing violently on his lower back.

Weiszhaar laid stomach-down on the floor for several minutes as trainers and coaches tended to him. He couldn’t feel his legs for a short amount of time, according to Hawkins. Weiszhaar felt a tingling sensation in his lower body afterwards. The 6-foot-1 wing was carried off the court on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

Weiszhaar has been one of Madison’s most impactful bench players this season.

The injury rightfully took the Bobcats’ attention away from another dominant win, their seventh by at least 20 points. Nathan Webb led all scorers with 16 points (6 of 7 shooting), Downey had 14 (6 of 9) and Con Ball added 11 (4 of 6) off the bench. Fellow seniors Konner Jackson and Jaxon Edelmayer each scored nine points and were two of the most active Bobcats on the offensive glass.

Shippen (3 of 5 shooting) and freshman Tanoa Togiai (5 of 10) each scored 10 points for the Trojans.

“It’s a young team with very little experience,” Jones said. “But as a program, we’ve never used excuses. We go to practice, we work hard, we come out and battle. We’ll keep at it.”

Madison travels south on Thursday for a nonconference matchup against Blackfoot. Rigby continues conference play with a home game against Highland the same day.

MADISON 72, RIGBY 37
Rigby 10 15 8 4 37
Madison 14 21 21 16 72
RIGBY (37) Connor Shippen 10, Duke Golder 4, Ben Fullmer 6, Ike Stephenseon 2, Tanner Clayton 5, Tanoa Togiai 10. FG: 13-34. FT: 7-8. 3-pointers: 4-9 (Shippen 3-4, Clayton 1-1, Golder 0-1, Lee Morris 0-2, Tane Togiai 0-1). Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: None.
MADISON (72) Con Ball 11, Brigham Williams 3, Justin Weiszhaar 2, Mason Downey 14, Jaxon Edelmayer 9, David Rowe 4, Nate Webb 16, Branden Edelmayer 4, Konner Jackson. FG: 29-48. FT: 8-11. 3-pointers: 6-13 (Ball 2-3, Downey 2-5, Williams 1-1, Webb 1-2, J. Edelmayer 0-1, B. Edelmayer 0-1). Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.

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