Monday, February 25, 2013

Quin Richardson and Trent Gilbert combine for 33 points in Scott County's 68-47 win over Madison Southern

Heading into Monday's opening round of the 11th Region Tournament, Coach Shane Buttry acknowledged his team was probably not the most talented group in the region, but suggested they might have a few things up their sleeve to offset some of the differences. One of those weapons was Tyler Abshear. Abshear scored 22 points and 2 rebounds. He also dished out 2 assists, and recorded 1 block and a steal. Scott Co. appeared to have little answer for him early and 18 of his 22 points came in the half.

Scott Co. shot 17/34 and was 5-10 from three-point range in the first half. They also forced 10 turnovers. They had a double-digit lead halfway through the first quarter with the widest margin of the half being a 16 point difference at 41-25. The Cardinals took a 41-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Prior to the game, Coach Buttry pointed out that the Eagles' focus would be on containing Scott Co.'s two quick guards, Trent Gilbert and Quin Richardson. He noted, "When you have two guys that shoot it that well, one is going to be on. If two are on, you're probably going to be in trouble." Gilbert led Scott County with 13 points and 2 rebounds heading into the 3rd quarter. Richardson had a sluggish start and shot 5-15 on the night, but still managed to rack up 15 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

Gilbert said the turning point to the slow start came when Jalen Haddix rebounded the ball and then hit a three. Haddix finished the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds. It was his second straight double-double.

Gilbert and Richardson combined for 33 points in the 68-47 win. Trent Gilbert led the Cardinals with 18 points (including 4 threes), 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Michael Rothermel had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Drew Taylor chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds for the Eagles.

Scott Co. advances to face Lexington Catholic on March 1st at 6:30 p.m. Star of the Game Trent Gilbert said of the matchup, "They play a lot better than what they did in districts. They can shoot the ball really well."

Madison Southern finishes the season with a 17-12 record.

Madison Southern (17-12): 15 15 6 11 47
Taylor 8, Napier 4, Rothermel 9, Abshear 22, Norris 1, Rose 3.

Scott County (24-7): 23 18 9 18 68
Haddix 12, Doss 4, Portwood 5, Richardson 15, Gilbert 18, Tribble 6, Short 4, Crank 2, Shurman 2.

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