"We've certainly gotten closer than when she first started. She was shy at first but now I and her have a laugh . We've been friends on the court," Madden said. "My sophomore year, we didn't really have an (knockdown) shooter so the method they used to stop us was to defend me from the post. This is how we lost in semi-state. The presence of Maci on the scene helps greatly."
"It gives us an inside-out punch" Bales said. "Her ability to pass is amazing ... she sees the floor with such clarity and she's extremely selfless."
The halfcourt offense runs through Madden. Bales are trying to ensure that the ball is delivered to her down low so she can either score or kick-out shooters in the event that the defense is weakened. Madden has been doing lots of quick passes due to this and has resulted in an impressive career-high 2.5 assists for each game average up to this point.
"I am a fan of (the extra responsibility)," Madden said. "I am aware that I may not be successful in getting the team up and running which is why I think whenever we can start the ball moving quickly and I'm in the game, that could increase our motivation."
Madden's partner in offense is Chamberlin who's skills in the perimeter is in perfect harmony with Madden's inside presence. Although Chamberlin has struggled shooting the ball this season, she scored 15.9 points for each game last season. scoring 45% of her total shots and 72 triples at 41.
Her passing ability is possibly her greatest contribution given that what Blue River boasts in shooting it is lacking in the area of guard playmaking. Chamberlin's 3.2 assists per game in 2013 has been increased to 4.3 per game as of this season , and the protection she receives makes Madden and the rest of the team's shooters flourish.