(Donald Foster WBONTV.com)
January 9th, that was the last time the Madison Southern Eagles played a game. Mother nature has played havoc on every’s team schedule but their opponent tonight the Spartans of Lexington Sayre played on the 15th in the All A opening round against Lexington Christian, a game they lost. This game was also a rematch from the opening round of last season’s 11th region tournament. Both teams though were much difference, with graduation hitting both teams hard. The opening half tonight showed the rust the Eagles had to shake off, they quickly put Sayre in the bonus in and had some poor shooting but they managed to stay close to the Spartans. Eagles trailed 12-9 after a quarter. Second quarter Southern got down by 5 points at 16-11 but scored two quick baskets to cut the lead down to a single point at 16-15. Sayre answers with a 3 pointer but a 7-0 run to end the half put the Eagles on top 22-19 at halftime.
The second half Southern gets a basket to begin but a 7-0 run by the visitors put them on top 26-24. There would be 3 ties and 6 lead changes in the 3rd frame alone. RJ Smith of Sayre came in averaging 19 points a game and was held to 4 points in the 1st half, he took over in the 3rd scoring 14 points to help the Spartans pull even at 35 after 3 quarters. The fourth quarter Madison Southern needed a spark and it came from an unlikely source in the form of the coach’s son and 8th grader Turner Buttry. Buttry opened the 4th with a 3 pointer and after a Sayre basket knocks down another triple to put the Eagles up 41-37. Turner adds another 3 pointer, his 3rd in the 4th, to put Southern on top 47-39 and the Eagles never looked back. With Buttry knocking down the trey, point guard Tre McCreath added all 8 of his points in the final frame. Southern wins the final frame 19-9 and ended the game on a 7-0 to win this one 54-44. Turner Buttry led the Eagles with 13 points, Chad Fugate with 10 points, Tre McMcreath with 8 points, Landon Stacy adds 7 points, Hunter Buchanan 6 points, Shawn Short 4 points, Sammy Lee 3 points, Seth Shepard 2 points, and Trent Moberly with 1 point. For Sayre J.R. Smith had 18 points, held scoreless in the 4th quarter, Marcus Bowie 12 points, Jackson Foster 6 points, James Carey 6 points, and Jayden Blanton 2 points. The Eagles will return to action Saturday January 20th at 7:30 at home against Pulaski Southwestern.