11th Region boys: Woodford Co. survives chaos to top Madison Southern 82-73 (OT)

mfields@herald-leader.comMarch 7, 2014 

FRANKFORT — Woodford County Coach Scott Hundley says Eli Boggess keeps telling him he's more of a baseball player than basketball player.

Yes, Boggess was a key starter on the Yellow Jackets' state championship baseball team two years ago, but the 5-foot-11 senior can get it done on the basketball court, too.

Boggess proved his hoops ability again Friday night by pouring in a career-high 43 points, including 25 of 28 free throws, to lead Woodford County by Madison Southern 82-73 in overtime in the first round of the 11th Region tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The Jackets play Henry Clay in Saturday night's semifinals.

Hundley credited Boggess for knowing what to do once he got a feel for the game against Madison Southern.

"Eli does a great job recognizing how (the referees) are calling it," he said. "He'll attack the rim if they're gonna call fouls, and he'll shoot free throws all day if they let him."

Boggess said his style of play gets him to the line a lot, "so I pride myself on practicing free throws real hard."

The end of regulation was close to chaos as the teams went back and forth.

Madison Southern's Devante Linville hit one of two free throws to tie it 65-65 with :08 left. Boggess gave the Jackets a 66-65 lead with :04 to go by hitting one of two from the line.

After Boggess' miss, there was a scramble for the ball and Madison Southern's Stacy Burns was fouled with :02 on the clock. He missed the first but made the second to tie it and force overtime.

Woodford County took control in the extra period by cashing foul shots. It made 12 of 16 in OT and finished the night 42 of 50.

Madison Southern made 22 of 28 free throws.

Hundley saluted his team's poise under pressure.

"That's what seniors do," he said. "They may be frustrated but they're still thinking about the next play."

Boggess agreed.

"We might not have looked like we were keeping it together, but we were. We did it in the district finals, and the game before that, too."

Samuel Souers had 16 points and five rebounds for the Jackets. Grayson Graf added eight points — 8-for-8 on free throws — and five rebounds.

Madison Southern, which was looking for its first win in the region tournament, was led by Trevor Huff's 20 points. Burns had 16 and Linville added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Woodford Co. 82, Madison Southern 73 (OT)

MADISON SOUTHERN (13-17) Huff 20, Linville 12, Burns 16, Kidwell 10, Jefferson 8, Miller 7.

WOODFORD COUNTY (17-14) Boggess 43, Souers 16, McCrady 4, Graf 8, Shelton 2, Laine 2, Scandore 5, Pohlman 2.

Madison Southern 17 10 20 19 7—73

Woodford County 18 16 11 21 16—82

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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