Seniors shine in Admirals’ big win

Published 11:31 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2018


It was senior night, and seniors starred for Danville.

The Admirals thumped visiting Russell County 76-43 Tuesday for their 13th win of the season and fourth in five games.

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Senior Jared Southerland scored a game-high 21 points as his team stormed past an outmatched Russell County team.

“There are times some games when we play hard but we aren’t hitting,” Danville head coach Ed McKinney said. “Tonight, we shot the ball in. Jared hit two threes right off of the bat, he wasn’t hesitant. I get frustrated with him because sometimes he’s hesitant to shoot the ball, he’s worked hard on his shot for his whole life, he’s been a basketball guy. There’s been times when he was hesitant, but not tonight.”

The Admirals’ defense was resilient all night, speeding up the Russell County offense and forcing turnovers. Senior David Walker had multiple steals and forced even more errors, all while scoring 10 points on the other end.

“When we stay active and really get after it and play hard defensively, we can really cause you some problems,” McKinney said. “That’s where we started tonight. (DeShaud St. Martin) played hard, Zach (Thornton) was good, we were active defensively. I think we can still be better. Free throws were still not good, we missed a bunch in the first half. We’re missing little ones around the basket. When we’re active on defense and we’re at home, we can be tough to score against. Hopefully we keep that up.”

The Admirals were without one senior, Jaleel Warren, due to illness. They’ll honor him before Friday’s game against East Jessamine.

Danville honored its seniors in between games Tuesday, but that didn’t bother the boys’ team. The boys team honored three seniors — Southerland, Walker and Tanner Ford.

After one quarter, the Admirals were ahead 26-6. By halftime, it was 42-16, and a running clock started in the middle of the third quarter.

Southerland had 19 of his 21 points in the first half, six of which came from emphatic dunks.

“Usually you don’t play well on senior night. But I thought all of them played well tonight,” McKinney said. “Tanner, he’s playing really well in the last 10 games. Jared, we expect him to be good and he was good. David was on the boards and active defensively. I was proud of all of them. It’s a little different here, you don’t get them the whole preseason and then you think ‘gosh, that’s it?’ Because you miss them, you feel like you miss half of their season. You start conditioning in September, we get them in December.”