Hard work pays off as Faulkner signs with CU
Will Perkins-Glasgow Daily Times
HORSE CAVE – Caverna High School senior guard Madison Faulkner said she needs to work on her “whole game” in preparation for playing basketball at the next level.
“I have to work on a lot,” she said. “Quickness, getting in shape, staying in shape, really everything because there is always room for improvement.”
Faulkner will get her chance to play collegiate ball as she signed a letter of intent with Campbellsville University on Wednesday in the high school library.
“Thank you all for coming,” Faulkner told everyone in attendance. “To the Lady Colonel basketball team, keep working hard and then you can do something like this your senior year.”
Working hard is something Faulkner and her twin brother, Mason, have in common, and he signed to play basketball with Northern Kentucky University earlier in the year.
Their father, Cornelius, said they both shoot about 300-400 shots a day during the offseason.
“One of the things she did this past year was she really worked on her ball handling, her shot, her mid-range shot,” Cornelius said. “The hours of working on her strength and conditioning has been the biggest asset for her this past year.”
Madison Faulkner was not always a basketball player. She said before she began playing basketball, she was a cheerleader, a soccer player and then a basketball player.
Faulkner said her father did not force basketball on her and her brother, but once they became passionate about it, “he developed us into the players that we are today.”
Mason said he and his sister have been very supportive of each other.
“It’s always been competitive,” he said. “We’ve always been trying to make each other better. But we also want to see each other do good. So as long as each other is doing good, we’re fine.”
Madison said while her father has made a huge impact on her success, her brother has been a great influence as well.
“That’s somebody that you can see every day that you wanna’ try to be better than because he’s good,” she said. “You push yourself in certain areas to get to where he’s at.”
Madison began playing Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball in the fifth grade, and she said that experience has definitely prepared her for the next level.
As a Lady Colonel, Faulkner scored over 3,000 points.
Her senior year, she scored a total of 667 points, averaging 23.8 a game.
She grabbed a total of 238 rebounds, averaging 8.5 a game. She shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and made an average of seven free throws per contest. She also shot 32 percent from beyond the three-point line.
Campbellsville University women’s head basketball coach Ginger Colvin said she is really excited to add Faulkner to the team.
“First of all, I think she’s a great kid, and we obviously look for that and I think she’s going to be a great teammate,” Colvin said. “She really shoots the ball well. She has a good mid-range jump shot, which a lot of girls don’t have anymore.
“Most girls want to start out cranking threes or playing the post and mid-range is kind of a lost art and she has that, so I think that’s something that’s going to set her apart from the rest.”
Cornelius said he is very happy with the schools his daughter and son have chosen.
“A lot of times when you see athletes, everybody wants kids to go a big school,” he said. “And for Madison and Mason, I always told them to go where the best fit for ‘you’ is.
“It’s not about the name always, let’s go for the best fit. Campbellsville is going to be a great fit for her because they’ve got a great program, great coach and she’ll continue to be pushed hard.”