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Thursday, December 28, 2017 4:50 pm

South Side girls topple Bishop Dwenger

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

A big second quarter shifted momentum and propelled the South Side girls basketball team past Bishop Dwenger 71-52 Thursday at Wayne and into the Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament semifinals.

The Archers ended the first half on a 17-1 run to take a 36-18 halftime lead, knowing there were still some things to clean up for the second half.

"It gave us a lot of confidence (going into halftime)," South Side's Taniece Chapman said. "When we saw that they stopped fighting, we knew we had to keep fighting because they stopped playing, we had to keep going, we had to work together as a team.

"(This win) is big, it's a blessing. We're honored and we have something to prove."

Chapman led the Archers with 22 points, Shamari Tyson added 17, Jaci Jones 14 and Alaya Chapman added 11.

Ellen Ross scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half to lead the Saints while Olivia Sterba added 14.

Bishop Dwenger came out tough in the first quarter, down just 15-13 heading into the second and by 18-17 with 6:42 left before the Archer's commanding run.

"We definitely couldn't let the girls stay confident in that run," South Side coach Juanita Goodwell said. "We had two other quarters to play and Dwenger was not going to stop. They had to understand what was working for us and trying to make that a little bit cleaner in the second half."

In the third quarter, the Saints went on an 8-2 run to get within 42-26 but Archers responded with 7 straight from Jackson to get back up 49-26 with 2:40 left in the quarter.

In the fourth, a Ross 3-pointer got the Saints within 57-40 with four minutes left, but Bishop Dwenger couldn't get any closer than 17.

"I thought our offensive possessions were a lot cleaner in the second half and I think we were able to calm down a little bit more," Goodwell said. "They were applying a lot of pressure, more pressure than we were expecting. A credit to coach (Cleveland) Inge on that, that was an awesome job. He prepared his girls really well and we saw a team we weren't expecting.

"They were a lot more aggressive defensively and we were ready to get rid of the ball before we were supposed to so it was a matter of being a little bit more patient, staying through the contact and trying to stay tough on that. Executing the offense was very key for us in that second half."

Now that the first game is out of the way, the performance gives the Archers things to focus on for today's semifinal game.

"It feels good to get back into a flow of things," Goodwell said. "We've been off since Christmas and we were kind of sluggish in that first quarter. Dwenger came out really tough, really strong and I don't think we responded very well with how they came out. We were expecting something else.

"We have to clean up that press. Today, our press was not as strong as it usually is. We'll have to take a look at this film and see why. Either Dwenger did a good job breaking it or we broke down some places. We weren't as clean as I thought we needed to be. If we can clean up our press, I think that will give us a lot more energy and so that slowed us a little bit and they were able to break it quick."

Knowing there are still aspects of their game to clean up with additional opportunities to play in the tournament, the Archers know the momentum is on their side.

"It gives us a lot of confidence that we can be there, we can do this so we have to keep pushing and keep fighting,"  Taniece Chapman said.