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Friday, December 29, 2017 8:50 pm

SAC Tournament

Carroll, South Side girls in SAC final

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The Carroll and South Side girls basketball teams are back in the finals of the Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne.

The Chargers thrashed Bishop Luers 70-35 while the Archers beat Northrop 78-55 in semifinal games Friday.

Both teams were victims of Homestead in the last two tournament championship games, South Side in 2015 and Carroll in 2016.

"I'm really excited to put South Side back in the championship game," Archers coach Juanita Goodwell said. "We were there for eight straight seasons (between 2006 and 2013). I'm just happy that these girls get to experience that.

"I'm excited for the girls. This is what they've been wanting all season all is to put themselves in position to fight for championships."

With Carroll defeating Bishop Luers, who knocked off top seed Homestead in Thursday's quarterfinals, the tournament has proven the parity and strength of the SAC.

"We talked about that since the beginning, how it's anybody's game," Goodwell said. "There was one comment that I made earlier and I think it's going to be the programs that are led by senior classes. That's kind of what's driving us right now is our seniors."

Both teams are led by strong senior classes.

"We have a senior group," Carroll coach Mark Redding said. "We were in that position last year and these girls knew what (Bishop Luers was) feeling (taking down Homestead) and I think that helped us (in the semifinal). I think they brought the defensive intensity. I thought that was the key to the game.

"We knew (the Knights) were going to come out and if we got on them quick, we might be able to take advantage of that. I think when you beat a team like that, we were like that last year when we beat Snider then we came out flat against Homestead so we were going to take advantage with something like that."

In the first game, Carroll jumped to a 14-2 lead, but the Knights came back with a 9-2 run to get within 16-11 with less than a minute left.

The Chargers' defense limited Bishop Luers to a single 3-pointer from Lydia Reimbold in the second quarter to go up 41-17 at halftime.

"We just had a really good team effort," Carroll's Kelli Damman said. "I feel like everyone came out with a good energy and we just played really well on the offensive and defensive end.

"We humbled them a little bit because they were kind of high after the win against Homestead. Coach (Redding) made a point to come out really fast and have them have less confidence. We just came out, played a really fast game and played really good defense."

Damman had 14 points and Macy Miller added 10 for the Chargers.

Libby Bierbum had 10 for the Knights.

Northrop stuck with South Side in the second game through the first quarter, leading 11-9 with 2:52 left, but the Archers closed the first with seven straight points and continued the run into the second quarter to take a 24-11 lead with 5:35 left in the half.

South Side led 36-23 at halftime and the Bruins never recovered.

"The difference today was playing good, disciplined defense," South Side's Taniece Chapman said. "We had to have quality possessions, do what we had to do, we had to focus, we had to have patience on offense and we had to finish our lay-ups and complete our shots."

Chapman led the Archers with 17 points, Shamari Tyson added 16, Lamyia Woodson 12 and Alaya Chapman 10. Arielle Thatcher scored 21 and Niomi Dube added 10 for Northrop.