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Madison Southern finds no comfort

RICHMOND — Madison Southern Coach Shane Buttry says playing No. 1 Scott County is a "pick your poison" deal because the Cardinals have so many ways to beat you.

Scott County's pressure defense was fatal to the Eagles in the boys' 11th Region opener Wednesday night in McBrayer Arena.

The Cards forced 27 turnovers and converted them into 34 points as they rolled past Madison Southern 72-38. It was reminiscent of Scott County's 77-47 victory over the Eagles in last year's region opener.

In Wednesday's nightcap, No. 8 Tates Creek held off Woodford County 41-29.

The Commodores let a 19-point lead shrink to just seven midway through the fourth quarter before securing their 11th victory in a row.

Tates Creek Coach Wayne Breeden praised Woodford County's tenacity, but also thought his Commodores were flat against a team they beat 77-35 two weeks ago.

"After you beat somebody bad, there's a tendency to overlook them no matter how hard you try to get your team ready," Breeden said.

"Luckily we made enough plays to finish it tonight."

Marcellus Barksdale and Ryan Fucci led Tates Creek. Barksdale, a 6-foot-3 junior, had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Fucci, a 6-2 junior, had 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

The Commodores were without 6-5 center Ezra Garner, who was home sick. They missed his presence inside as Woodford County won the battle of the boards 34-27.

Jay Johnson had 13 rebounds for the Yellowjackets, and Stan Serdyuk had eight.

Patrick White's eight points led Woodford County.

The Jackets had trouble finding the basket. They were 4-for-23 (17 percent) in the first half, and finished the night 12-for-45 (27 percent).

Tates Creek may have been lacking tournament focus, but Scott County was not.

Coach Billy Hicks liked his team's intensity from start to finish against Madison Southern. "We played hard in the first half, but I wanted us to play even harder in the second half," Hicks said.

He got his wish.

After starting the game with a 7-0 run while holding the Eagles scoreless for almost four minutes, Scott County started the second half with an 11-0 run while its defense pitched a shutout for more than four minutes.

"We really got after them," Hicks said.

The Cards spread their points around. Senior guards Chad Jackson and Ge-Lawn Guyn had 13 points apiece, and they combined for 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

When these teams met a few weeks ago, Scott County struggled to a 79-69 win. The rematch was no contest.

"I feel bad for Madison Southern," Hicks said. "When we played (on Feb. 10) they were a heck of a basketball team. They just weren't playing their best at tournament time."

Carrington Roberts and Joey Wallace had 10 points apiece for the Eagles.

The last time Scott County played on this court, it lost a 68-67 heartbreaker to Lexington Catholic in the 2009 region finals.

"Any time you win a game in the region, it's a good one," Hicks said, "because the alternative is you just go home."

Tates Creek and Scott County both have a lot of momentum going into Saturday's semifinals. The Commodores have won 17 of their last 18 games. Scott County has won 18 of its last 19.

When they played in early December, Scott County prevailed 62-50.

MADISON SOUTHERN (21-10) — Roberts 5-14 0-0 10, Freel 0-2 0-0 0, Jeck 1-1 0-0 3, Ponder 1-3 0-0 3, Wallace 4-6 2-2 10, Brown 2-7 0-0 5, Broughton 1-3 3-3 5, Acres 0-1 0-0 0, McQuire 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-38 7-7 38.

SCOTT COUNTY (25-6) — Jackson 6-12 1-2 13, Guyn 5-9 1-2 13, Flannery 3-10 0-0 8, Manning 1-4 3-4 5, Euton 3-12 0-0 7, Shotwell 3-6 0-0 6, Schu 4-6 0-0 8, Ivey 2-3 2-2 6, Reliford 1-2 1-1 3, Richardson 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 29-65 8-11 72.

Madison Southern 11 9 8 10—38

Scott County 20 13 16 23—72

TATES CREEK (21-6) — Barksdale 6-13 3-6 15, Fucci 5-11 2-4 12, Potter 2-3 0-1 4, Gibson 2-6 4-5 8, Daugherty 0-2 0-0 0, Ingram 1-3 0-0 2, Bradley 0-1 0-0 0, McFarland 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-40 9-16 41.

WOODFORD COUNTY (12-16) — Serdyuk 2-6 1-2 5, Johnson 1-8 1-2 3, White 3-6 0-0 8, Johnson 3-15 0-0 7, Greenwell 3-8 0-0 6, Campbell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 12-45 2-4 29.

Tates Creek 12 10 9 10—41

Woodford County 4 5 9 11—29

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