Madden has been the key player in Blue River’s return to postseason success The team’s victory on Tuesday night’s win by 77-63 over Wapahani (4-2) showcased her value. She scored 27 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter , which ended the Raiders in their comeback attempts, and she was dominant in the paint the entire game on both ends.
Madden has been asked to play more in the coming season. Her role, which is mainly an interior player has now been expanded since she’s now allowed to, at times, play out on the perimeter too and perform more shooting and playmaking.
Blue River’s guards haven’t had as much experience like they were in previous seasons In games where teams play in a press defense as Wapahani did, the 6-foot-1 Madden assists in bringing the ball back up when the point guard becomes in a position to be trapped.
The halfcourt offense also runs through Madden. Bales are trying to deliver the ball down low so she can score or kick out to shooters when the defense is weak. Madden is making a lot of quick pass passes to get the ball and has resulted in the highest career average of 2.5 assists for each game in the first three games.
“I appreciate (the increased the responsibility),” Madden said. “I recognize that there are times I’m successful in getting the team moving and I think that when we be able to get the ball moving fast with me in the game, it can give us more motivation.”