Third period dooms WHHS in 96-91 loss

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Madison Southern went to its game plan in the second half, and that's just what the Eagles needed to beat Western Hills 96-91 Tuesday night in boys high school basketball action at WHHS.

MSHS outscored the Wolverines 33-13 in the third quarter, turning a 44-37 halftime deficit into a 70-57 advantage.

"We didn't run our offense in the second quarter," said Madison Southern coach Shane Buttry, whose team fell behind by as many as 14 points in that period. "We went one-on-one, and at the half we drew it up, what we would do. We told them if you get in your spots it's going to work, and it did.

"It was helter skelter for awhile," he added, "but once we got in our spots we settled down."

The Eagles (3-2) opened the third quarter with a 10-point run to take a 47-44 lead. Another 10-point run put them up 62-48, and at the end of the quarter Madison Southern led 70-57.

"We did what we wanted to do defensively as far as turning them over," WHHS assistant coach Matt Albertson said, "but our rotation in the back was allowing way too many easy baskets. We didn't do what we needed to at the back of the press."

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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