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Eagles Fall Short Against Flyers

March 5, 2012
Madison Southern High School

Madison Southern seemed poised to pick up their first win in Regional Tournament play Thursday night, but Franklin County had other plans.  Midway through the third quarter, the Eagles led by 10 points and seemed to be on there way to the second round of Regions, but the quickness and hot shooting of the Flyers foiled those plans.

After Damien Harris' layup gave the Eagles the 10 pt lead with 4:00 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, the Flyers scored the next eight points.  "They picked up their intensity and we had a hard time with it for a few possessions," said MSHS head coach Shane Buttry.  Finally, as the quarter drew to a close, Tyler Abshear drove to the basket and was fouled.  He hit both free throws to give the Eagles a 39-35 lead moving into the fourth quarter.

The teams traded baskets and Franklin County briefly took the lead 42-41 before senior Chris Roberts rattled home a three that put the Eagles back in front at 44-42 with 5:20 on the clock.  The two teams battled back and forth until Franklin County's Garrett Hamilton jumper tied the game at 48-48 with ninety seconds remaining in the game.  After the Eagles came up empty on the ensuing possession, they held the Flyers with a basket to give themselves a final opportunity to win the game with :42 seconds on the clock.  This time, though, the Eagles couldn't manage to get a shot off and turned the ball over.  The Flyers would make good on Southern's mistake.

Franklin County regained the lead on a layup by their own Chris Roberts with 19 seconds remaining.  The Eagles had two more opportunities to tie the game, but Harris' shot attempt was off the mark and, after Franklin County missed the front end of a one-and-one, the swarming defense of the Flyers didn't allow Abshear to get a final shot off at the horn.

"The guys played hard and if one or two possessions go a little differently, we win this game," Buttry said. 

Abshear finished with 12 points, Roberts 11, Harris 8, and Mike Rothermel and Brandon McGuire each had 6. 

The Eagles finish the season 10-20 and will return everyone but the two seniors, Roberts and McGuire, next season.

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