Faulkner signs with Campbellsville University
By Thomas Wampler Jobe Publishing Sports
Madison Faulkner put pen to paper and made it official. The Caverna High School basketball standout will extend her career at Campbellsville University. Faulkner signed on Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 in the CHS library.
Faulkner received numerous post-season honors and is looking forward to attending college and playing basketball while receiving an education. “I grew up playing basketball with my brother (Mason), my family and being around the game and I always hoped this day would come and I’d get to keep playing in college,” Faulkner said. “I’d just like to thank my family, the school, my coaches, teammates and all the people who supported me.”
Madison Faulkner was one of several area players selected to play in 2016 Kentucky-Ohio All Star Basketball games played in April at Thomas Moore College. Faulkner was also named to the third team all-state.
The post-season honors and all the accolades she received during her career including, passing her basketball Coach Tacara Barnes, as the all-time leading Caverna High School scorer are things she will remember but playing with her teammates and playing in CHS gym will hold a special place for her as she moves into college. The Lady Colonels finished as the District 18 Tourney runner-up her senior season and advanced to the region tournament.
“I love to compete and love playing with my team,” Faulkner said in a post-game interview after CHS honored her and all the seniors at center court during a special ceremony.
Faulkner is multi-talented and can dribble, shoot, rebound and worked hard her senior season to improve her ball-handling skills under Barnes. It paid off. “Madison worked hard her senior season and proved she could handle the ball under pressure,” Barnes said. “I worked her hard and told not settle for anything less than her best.”
Madison played soccer as a child and enjoyed that game. She excelled at soccer and didn’t start playing basketball until “3rd or 4th grade” according to her father. “She was very physical and it took three or four years of traveling and playing ball for her skill set to grow,” said her father, Cornelius Faulkner. “The thing is she has that inner drive. She’s highly competitive.”
He said that she grew up competing against her brother, Mason, and just being in and around the gym when he coached. “They both have that inner spirit, that competitive spirit and she developed a love for the game,” he said. “I am proud of both of them.”
Mason signed during the first signing period to play at Northern.
“I know Madison will sign and play at the place she believes will be the best fit for her,” Faulkner said after senior night.
Faulkner choose Campbellsville University and the Faulkner family is pleased with her decision.
“I am proud of her and I always taught her, asked her is she a follower or a leader and I am thankful and so is my wife, of the way she has grown and matured as a person,” Faulkner said. “Madison has had a great time playing basketball and being a student at Caverna. I am thankful for all the support she and Mason have received here.”