The Richmond Register

February 20, 2014

H.S. BASKETBALL: Seniors shine as Eagles roll over Western Hills

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

BEREA — The Madison Southern Eagles (10-15) sent their four seniors out in style Wednesday, blowing out Western Hills, 65-39, in Berea.

Devante Linville put on a show in his last home game, scoring a game-high 19 points — including 4-of-5 three pointers.

His three fellow seniors also got in on the scoring action. Trevor Huff finished with nine points, Antonio Thrash had eight points and Blake Linville added five points.

This one was never in doubt.

With the four seniors in the starting lineup, the Eagles scored the game’s first 14 points and never looked back.

Southern lead 16-4 at the end of the first quarter and the seniors combined for all of those points.

The Eagles held the Wolverines scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter and extended their lead to 27-10 at the half.

The Eagles were up 38-18 mid-way through the third quarter when they began to blow the game wide open.

Two three pointers and a free throw by Devante Linville began a 13-4 run that ended on a three by Michael Jefferson that gave Southern a 51-22 lead after three quarters.

The Eagles stretched their lead to as many as 33 points, 60-27, on their way to the win.

“This was a  good win for us and a great way to send the seniors out on their last game,” Southern coach Shane Buttry. “That’s what this night is all about. Win, lose, whatever happens, they’ve got to have fun. This is the last time they are ever going to play on this floor. No matter the score it’s their night and they deserve to be out there.”

Nine eagles got in the scoring column in the game.

Brandon Sargent had seven points, Stacy Burns, Michael Jefferson and Griffin Gabbard finished with five points each, Jyre Richardson had four points and Tanner Kidwell finished with three points.

“Everyone played well tonight which is big because last night (an 81-56 loss at Russell County) we played pretty dog-gone bad,” Buttry said. “This time of year, win or lose you’ve got to go on to the next game and get prepared for what’s going to happen next week. That’s what we’re going to be concentrating on from here, Berea in the district tournament.”

Southern is set to wrap up the regular season Friday at Frankfort.