At Augusta Prep, big talent sometimes comes in small packages, as evidenced by girls basketball player Madeline Bacheller.
At about 5-foot-3, the junior guard is one of the team’s 3-point specialists. First-year varsity head coach Myran Hunt also relies on Bacheller to be the team’s defensive specialist.
“She has the defensive ability to shut down anybody,” said Hunt. “She’s a smaller girl, but I can put her on a taller girl, even when it looks like it should be a mismatch.”
Though she earned nicknames in ninth grade including “Trey” and “Drano” for her shooting ability, defense is what drives her.
“It feels good to be good at something, and when you’re good at something specific and do what coach asks, it’s rewarding.” Bacheller said.
“They say you can’t win without defense, but you have to score, too.”
Hunt listed Bacheller as one of the reasons the team is having its most successful season in years. The Lady Cavaliers were 14-8 before playing their final two regular season games.
Bacheller averages 9.2 points, 5.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game. To her credit, Bacheller says chemistry is one of the main reasons the team has done so well this season, specifically the connection between her and the Murphy triplets – Katie, Amanda and Joanna.
The quartet played together in elementary school, where Bacheller’s father Harry coached them.
Then Bacheller rejoined the triplets at Augusta Prep in ninth grade.
“Katie is the 3-point shooter, Amanda is the point guard and Joanna is posting up and defense,” Bacheller said. “I can anticipate their moves. We give our all and work well as a team.”