Faces in KS: Madden Petty

Madden Petty of Pittsburg is one of the top sophomores in the state.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Dec 17, 2018

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Last season, Pittsburg’s Madden Petty, then a freshman averaged 16 points and three steals a contest for the 9-11 Purple Dragons.

According to MaxPreps statewide lists, no other Kansas freshman who played for a KSHSAA school averaged more in points. Beloit/St. John’s-Tipton’s Lauren Dubbert was next at 14.4 points a game.

In the spring, Petty delivered a big year for the 9-12 Purple Dragon softball team. She batted .339 with 20 hits, including six doubles and three triples, and drove in 20 runs, second-most on the team.

In the circle, Petty was the team’s top pitcher with a 7-6 record and a 3.21 earned-run average in 16 appearances with 11 complete games. She delivered a 79/39 strikeout to walk ratio.

According to the MaxPreps lists, Petty was top-six in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched among freshmen. Only one other Kansas freshman was as accomplished as Petty in basketball/softball: Spearville’s Alissa Heskamp.

She averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 steals, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game. Heskamp paced all freshmen with a .620 batting average.

Petty had big performances against top opponents.

Last January, in a 63-33 loss to Labette County and 2,000 career point scorer Tristan Gegg, Petty scored 28 of her team’s points. Gegg had 31.

Additionally, Petty had a big game in a 46-37 loss to Fort Scott last winter. LC and Fort Scott were the top two SEK teams. Petty delivered 21 points, more than twice as many as any teammate.

In basketball, she collected SEK second team honors and was Sports in Kansas all-state honorable mention. In softball, she also collected all-state honorable mention and was first team all-league.

“I have lots of passion for the game and it shows when I play,” Petty said. “My effort makes me stand out, and you will love watching.”

This year, Petty, like Heskamp, has picked up from her standout freshman season. While Pittsburg has struggled early, it’s also a similar trend to last winter. The Purple Dragons opened 0-4 before a 9-7 stretch to finish.

Pittsburg has again opened 0-4 after a 51-42 loss to Webb City (Mo.) in the 4-State Classic this weekend. Pittsburg returns three starters, and Aubree Beitzinger is a key player.

“She sees the court really well and she makes smart decisions,” Petty said.

The 5-foot-8 guard had 21 points, seven more than any player on either team, in the Webb City loss. Earlier this year, in a 45-39 loss to Parsons in the Southeast Kansas League and home opener, Petty delivered 20 points. Petty is also a member of Wheat State Elite, one of the states premier summer basketball programs that features top talent all across Kansas. 

“I am quick when I get a fast break, I can squeeze through small spaces to get to the basket and I finish well,” Petty said. “I can also knock down outside shots pretty consistently.”

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This feature is presented by Wheat State Elite. Wheat State Elite and founder Dylan Evans are proud to support high school basketball in the state of Kansas. Best of luck to our very own Madden Petty this school year. 

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Petty Q&A

How did you get involved in basketball?

I started playing at our community YMCA, and I have played since then

What are your goals this season?

My goal is to help my teammates become better players and to grow as a player myself

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

This year we are just focused on getting better has a team and having fun

What makes you such a force as a player?

I am quick when I get a fast break, I can squeeze through small spaces to get to the basket and I finish well. I can also knock down outside shots pretty consistently.

What’s the atmosphere like to play basketball for your school and town?

Not many people come out to the games until the end to watch our boys play

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

I have lots of passion for the game and it shows when I play. My effort makes me stand out and you will love watching.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

My strengths would be my ability to finish at the basket, get down the court quick and shooting shots I need to make.

Who are other key players on your team?

Aubree Beitzinger is definitely a key player for our team. She sees the court really well and she makes smart decisions

Favorite thing about basketball?

My favorite thing would have to be the feeling I get when I am having a good game. When I make a shot and everyone claps and cheers for me. It’s such an amazing feeling.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

I play softball. Last year I pitched and played middle infield. I had very vital RBIs and was a key player for our team.

What is it like to play for your coach?

My coach is very passionate for the game, he wants to win just as bad as we do. We both have the same passion.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

Most of my other teammates play a fall sport so me and the other girls got into the gym at any time we could. We did workouts and drills to get better. And we also did lots of shooting

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I do plan on going to college but I am very lost on where I want to go. I am just going to try and focus on getting myself better so when the time comes, I will have lots of options.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

I love hanging with my friends. And doing fun things

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years I hope to be very successful and have my life on track.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

Right now my favorite subject would be health science, I don’t really find school enjoyable, at all. But I do get my work done and I work hard. My GPA is 3.0

Who is your role model?

My role model would definitely have to be my mom.

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

The best place would definitely be The Mall Deli. They have everything you could want.

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

I am a huge sneakerhead. I am working on filling a whole wall with shoes. And I am almost there, I am addicted.

Anything else to add?

Sometimes when I am playing my attitude will get the best of me, and I struggle with it a lot. But I am working very hard on controlling myself. I know that once I overcome that I will be an even better player.