High School Basketball: Muldrow's Chambers is ready to help lift the Lady Bulldogs to a State title
On many basketball teams incoming Muldrow High senior Madison Chambers would be the go-to player.
The 5-foot-10 guard/forward can score, rebound, defend and pass the ball.
However Chambers is a team-first type of player and with a team as loaded in talent as the Lady Bulldogs will be this upcoming season she’s more than happy to contribute anyway she can to keep the success going.
“We have so many great people on our team,” Chambers said. “I think the leading scorer can change from game to game. I think we are so versatile people that can pass the ball around and it could be whoever from one game to the next.”
On the Muldrow girls basketball team she only adds to what will be one of the top girls teams in the state this upcoming season.
The Lady Bulldogs lost only two players from a team that made it to the Class 4A State Tournament semifinals.
Muldrow will return four starters and from a team that won 26 games last season.
“Having that little taste of the State Tournament last year really told us what we are capable of,” Chambers said. “We know that each and every one of us wants it as bad as the other does. I think that’s a very special thing to have. Not all teams have the comradery we do.”
The comradery is kept between the team and the team only.
When asked about it Chambers said that’s something the team keeps to themselves.
Chambers, who averaged 7.3 points, three rebounds and 1.4 steals per game last season felt her game really started coming together around mid-season.
With three other seniors starting beside her and one of the top juniors in the state leading the way the Lady Bulldogs are comfortable with such high expectations.
“Definitely having four returning starters is going to help us out a lot,” Chambers said. “I think a lot of people expect us to go far and honestly we have to get it done. Without the work it’s not going to be there.”
The Lady Bulldogs have definitely done that competing in team camps at Oklahoma State, ORU and before most recently wrapping things up in Branson Missouri this summer.
Along the way Muldrow faced in-state powerhouses such as Fort Gibson — the reigning 4A State champions — and Jenks along the way.
“We faced some teams that made us look a little bit small,” Chambers said. “Around here we are pretty much the big dogs but at ORU we were a little bit small.”
Muldrow definitely didn’t mind because if they hope to win a State title that’s the type of competition they will need to beat.
With such an experienced bunch they realize that.
“It’s only going to help us for the State Tournament hopefully,” Chambers said. “When we were at the State Tournament we played some bigger teams so this will definitely help us out.”
Chambers is considered more of a defensive player but as the season went on her offensive game as well as her leadership role started coming around more.
“I had to step up as a team leader,” Chambers said. “I think coming into it as a senior I have to do so even more. I think my role as a leader will become bigger and bigger as the season goes on.”
Along with Chambers Muldrow will feature incoming senior Hannah Boyett and incoming junior Taylen Collins who on top of getting multiple Division I offers from the likes of Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kansas, Clemson and Texas A&M is one of the most versatile players in the state.
It took a while for Chambers to realize what Muldrow was capable of.
As the Lady Bulldogs entered the playoffs with just two losses, Chambers had a feeling they were good but making it to the State Tournament solidified that.
“I knew we were good but it didn’t become real until we got to the State Tournament,” Chambers said. “Coming into it now my expectations are so high and I know we have this fire in us now.”
That fire has turned into a blazing inferno for Chambers who since Muldrow wrapped up their summer ball schedule with a dominant performance in Branson Missouri has been hitting the AAU circuit.
Chambers will play in tournaments in Frisco and Plano, Texas with some other competitive stops this summer.
From last season to this summer Chambers said her game has only gotten better as time has gone on.
“I think my offense has grown a lot this summer,” Chambers said. “I think AAU and summer ball has helped with that. I think my points (per game) will show a little bit better this year. Along with my defense I think my game will really come around this year.”
Some Division II schools have reached out to Chambers over the summer but nothing concrete has been offered.
Chambers, who started playing basketball at the age of 4, says she definitely plans to continue playing in college.
She’s hoping with an impressive run the rest of this summer and what she expects to be a special season for her and the Lady Bulldogs that more and better offers will come rolling in.
“Getting a taste of the State Tournament was just what we needed,” Chambers said. “Now we are ready to get it all.”