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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 10:20 pm

South Side 64, Homestead 62

South Side girls hold off Homestead in sectional

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

No championships were won by the South Side girls basketball team Tuesday but the Archers overcame several hurdles in a 64-62 win over Homestead in the Class 4A sectional at South Side.

The Archers (20-4) lost to the Spartans (19-3) 58-55 on Jan. 5, a game where South Side, despite leading for much of the game, allowed its opponent to make runs down the stretch, a mistake that would not be duplicated in the sectional game.

"It's a fantastic feeling," Archers coach Juanita Goodwell said. "Unfortunately we did let a 10-point lead slip in the last few minutes. We just needed to stay in that hunger mode to finish this but it feels fantastic."

South Side went on a 9-2 run in the fourth quarter to go up 56-46 with 2:29 left, but the Spartans closed out the half with three 3-pointers from Sydney Graber and Sylare Starks while forcing the Archers to the free-throw line.

Starks hit her 3 with less than 5 seconds left forcing South Side to call a time out with under a second remaining.

"(That timeout) was all about staying clean," Goodwell said. "We can't get lazy, can't get relaxed and we couldn't let them take that ball away from us. ... it was just a matter of being composed and staying composed. We had a timeout left if we needed it and I just wanted to let them know that we needed to stay controlled in that last possession."

Taniece Chapman, who scored just four points in the teams' last match-up, led the Archers with 22, Shamari Tyson scored 20 and Jaci Jones added 12.

"We had to come together as a team," Chapman said. "We couldn't play selfish, we couldn't force shots, we had to play as a team and we had to have quality possessions, pass the ball, move around.

"At the end of the day, this is just another game and we just competed and tried to get the win and we've accomplished that. Now, we move on to whoever is next and we just have to take it step by step, be confident in ourselves and keep going."

South Side led 16-12 after the first quarter but Homestead fought back in the second, going on a 9-4 run to go up 22-20 with just under five minutes left in the half. The Archers responded with a 10-2 run to close the half go to up 30-24 at the break.

The Spartans got within 33-29 with 5:30 left but the Archers were unrelenting, thwarting every attempt at swinging the momentum in favor of Homestead.

"The difference was that (South Side) made plays down the stretch on both ends of the court and we didn't," Homestead coach Rod Parker said. "There were several times where I thought we made little runs in the second half and then we'd turn the ball over and, to South Side's credit, they capitalized on both of those. Jaci had a big 3 and Shamari got an and-1 out of one of them.

"You just can't exhaust a lot of energy to push into one or two possessions and have an unfortunate turnover and give something away like that."

South Side faces Huntington North in Friday's sectional semifinal.