OKAWVILLE — Edinburg coach Doug Bowsher had read the scouting reports and seen film on the Madison Trojans.
Then the Wildcats saw the Trojans -- up close and personal.
Marquis Bourney scored nine of his game-high 19 points while Tyvon Powers added a pair of 3-pointers to help key a 23-0 first-half scoring run as Madison broke open a close game early and went on for a 59-40 semifinal win Wednesday at the Class 1A Okawville Sectional.
Edinburg, getting 3-pointers from Clint Amos and Jacob Huffines, trailed by just two points late in the first quarter, before Bourney scored twice and Johnny Meitzenheimer canned a 3 to put Madison up 20-10.
The Trojans then scored the first 15 points of the second period, 12 of which came off Edinburg turnovers, to take a 35-10 lead.
"I watched tape of Madison, but I don't think you realize how hard they go to the boards or how quick they are until you play them, '' Bowsher said. "We hadn't played anybody like them all season. They are just so athletic.''
Madison led 37-17 at halftime and the Wildcats would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the game.
The win advances Madison (18-10) into the sectional championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against Gibault.
The Hawks (25-6) earned their title game bid Tuesday with a 64-49 victory over New Berlin.
Edinburg ends its season at 15-12.
The Gibault-Madison game will be a rematch of a two-point game won by Madison on the Hawks' floor in late January.
Madison coach Jaime Cotto-Rodriguez is expecting another close game when the two Southern Illinois small-school powers battle for a chance to reach the Elite Eight.
"At this stage of the season, you're just happy to get the win and move on. I am glad that we've got a day to work on some things before the game on Friday,'' Cotto-Rodriguez said. "We shot the ball very well in the first half. Tyvon (Powers) hit a couple of 3s for us and that was big and then Marquis (Bourney) also played well for us.''
The difference in the game was the Trojans' athleticism.
Going away from its more preferred zone press, Madison went with a full court man-to-man defense and the Wildcats just couldn't solve it.
Edinburg committed 17 of its 27 turnovers in the first two quarters.
"In watching them on film, I noticed that they didn't handle pressure very well. But strangely enough, it wasn't that our zone press hurt them, it was more when we went into the man-to-man press that we were able to get some turnovers and score in transition,'' Cotto-Rodriguez said. "Like I said though, I thought we did some good things and have some things we need to fix before Friday.''
Somewhat complacent in the second half, Madison turned the ball over 12 times and would finish with 17 for the game.
But Edinburg, which was led by Amos' 10 points, couldn't make a comeback.
"I think we kind of lost our focus in the second half and the game got sloppy,'' Cotto-Rodriguez said. "Instead of closing it out, we kind of went back-and-forth with them."
Powers, was the only other Madison player in double figures with 10 points.