The Madison Warhawks opened the season on the road with a convincing victory against the Chantilly Chargers, 45-31.
With three new starters, including a freshman and sophomore, the Warhawks showed early season jitters as they trailed 11-8 after the first period. But in second period Madison found its rhythm, using a trapping defense and clutch outside shooting to outscore Chantilly 12-3 and take a 20-14 lead at halftime.
The Warhawks continued a hot shooting touch in the second half, hitting 3-pointers, mid-range jump shots and drives in the paint to open up a 19-point lead by the end of the third period. The taller Chantilly squad was stymied by the Warhawks’ relentless pressure defense, which held the Chargers to 4 points in the period.
Chantilly battled back in the final period and closed to within 10-points, but Madison kept its composure and held on for a comfortable 14-point victory.
Senior point guard Megan LeDuc led the Warhawks with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. In her first varsity start, sophomore guard Jana Tremba scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers and 3 rebounds. Junior guard Katie Kerrigan had an outstanding all-around game with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
Rounding out the scoring for the Warhawks were freshman Aidan McWeeney with 6 points, senior Jonee Finney with 4 points and sophomore Mamie Henshaw with 2 points. Freshman Alexis Hermes also scored.
The Madison Warhawks open Liberty District play against the Stone Bridge Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The game is at Stone Bridge.