Another night, another Madison County player stepping up offensively.
Behind 26 points from Bradley Raines, the Red Raiders edged Dacula 50-43 Tuesday in Danielsville to move to 3-0.
Madison County has had three different leading scorers in its first three ball games.
The Red Raiders will put that perfect record to the test next Tuesday (Dec. 1) against Salem at home in their region opener.
Madison County led from start to finish Tuesday night against Dacula to finish its tip-off tournament at 2-0.
Raines, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, hit a pair of free throws with 50 seconds left to give the Red Raiders an insurmountable 48-37 lead as Madison County knocked off the Class AAAA Falcons.
Patrick McCrary paced Madison County early, scoring seven of the Red Raiders’ 11 first-quarter points. He finished with 11.
Madison County led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, but Dacula cut the lead to 24-20 at the half and tightened the margin to 29-28 after three quarters.
But Raines, who’s averaging 17.3 points a game, opened the fourth quarter by scoring off a put-back and drawing a foul. Raines then sank the free throw, completing a three-point play that sparked a 19-9 fourth quarter run to put Dacula away.
Raines went 12-of-15 from the free throw line on the night, converting his final seven attempts.
Heading into the Dacula game, Madison County had beaten Southwestern Atlanta Christian, a Class A school, 81-59 Friday at home and Towers, a Class AAA team, 71-52 on Saturday at home as well.
Against Southwestern Atlanta Christian, McCrary had a monster performance, scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Red Raiders cruised to 22-point victory on opening night. McCrary was a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor.
The Raiders jumped out to a 17-5 lead, followed shortly after by a thunderous alley-oop dunk from McCrary. Madison County led 37-22 at halftime, then outscored the Warriors 23-11 in the third quarter.
Raines added 12 points and nine other Madison County players also got into the scorebook in the rout.
In the victory over Towers, Madison County had four players reach double figures, led by Stan Maxwell who had 20 points.
Madison County only led 32-25 at intermission but Trae Burton helped stretch the lead out with three three-pointers midway through the quarter. Burton finished with 14 points.
Other top scorers were McCrary (16) and Raines (14). Madison County enjoyed a solid shooting night, hitting 7-of-13 from three-point range and 14-of-34 overall. The Red Raiders also shot 65 percent from the free throw line.
MCHS 81, Southwest Atlanta Christian 59
SACA 9 13 11 26 — 59
MCHS 23 14 23 21 — 81
Scorers: P. McCrary 30, Raines 12, Maxwell 9, Parrish 7, Butler 7, Robinson 4, Burton 3, McGuire 3, T. McCrary 3, Crouse 2, Thomas 2