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March 8, 2014

11th REGION: Madison Southern falls to Woodford County in overtime

FRANKFORT — An unlikely set of circumstances unfolded in the chaotic final moments of the regulation on Friday in the quarterfinals of the 11th Region Tournament, leading to Stacy Burns standing at the free throw with a chance to make history.

Burns missed the first attempt, but after a timeout, the sophomore connected tying the game at 66-66 and sending Madison Southern and Woodford County into overtime.

“He stepped up there and knocked it down,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, that momentum didn’t carry over into the extra period.

The Yellow Jackets (16-14) hit 14-of-18 free throws in overtime and went on to pick up an 82-73 win over Madison Southern (13-16). The Eagles had four players reach double-figures, including Trevor Huff (20 points), but came up just short of their first-ever 11th Region Tournament victory.

“I can’t be more proud of them,” Buttry said. “You just look at one possession. Whether it’s at the beginning of the game or the end of the game. They all add up. Just one more shot or one more stop.”

Southern and Woodford played twice during the regular season, with the home team winning both by double figures each time.

This time around, neither team ever led by more than nine points and the game featured 14 ties and seven lead changes.

Southern took a 47-45 lead after three quarters on a Tanner Kidwell three-point play. There were three lead changes and six ties just in the fourth quarter.

Michael Jefferson gave Southern a 64-62 lead with a three-point play with 46 seconds left.

Eli Boggess, who finished with a game-best 43 points, put the Yellow Jackets back in front with 28 seconds left with a three-point play of his own.

Southern’s Devante Linville hit one-of-two free throws with 8.6 seconds left to tie the game. Boggess went back to the free throw line with 4.5 left and hit just one-of-two attempts, putting Woodford up 66-65.

“I thought we played well,” Buttry said. “Our offense was really good for most of the game.”

In overtime, Southern ran into serious foul trouble and Woodford County put the game out of reach at the line.

Eventually, four Eagles fouled out — Linville, Tanner Kidwell, Burns and Antonio Thrash.

The Yellow Jackets were 42-of-50 at the free throw line. Boggess was 25-of-28 at the line.

Southern only attempted 28 free throw the entire game.

“He’s a great player,” Buttry said of Boggess. “But, all he had to do was run in there, bump into one of us and throw the ball up and they were going to call a foul. It is what it is.”

Huff had 12 points in the first quarter and hit his first six field goals atttempts.

Burns finished with 16 points, Linville had 12 points, Kidwell had 10 points, Jefferson had eight points and Caleb Miller added seven points.

Woodford advances to today’s semifinals to take on Henry Clay at 8:15 p.m. in Frankfort.

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