Saturday, December 30, 2017 7:30 pm
South Side 83, Carroll 74
South Side girls win SAC Tournament title
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
The South Side girls basketball seniors finally got to cut down nets after an 83-74 win over Carroll in the Parkview Sports Medicine SAC Holiday Tournament championship at Wayne on Saturday.
The Archers have been in 10 of the last 12 title games with six of those ending in championships, but this was the first for the seniors.
"At this moment, right now, the emotions coming for these seniors, I can't tell you how excited I am for them to have this moment," South Side coach Juanita Goodwell said. "To end their senior year on a high note is one thing, but we still have more to do. Right now we're going to enjoy this one."
Two years ago, in their most recent championship appearance, the Archers fell 100-40 to Homestead.
"That game was devastating," senior Taniece Chapman said. "It was very embarrassing. We just kind of gave up. This year was a new year. We knew if we fought hard with the teammates we have like Shamari Tyson, she's been giving it her all and our all to her and our coaches.
"We had to accomplish a lot because a lot of people didn't think we deserved to be here but we kept fighting and we just kept going."
South Side (15-0) led by as much as 23-12 in the first quarter but Carroll (10-5) used outside shooting to get back to within 40-38 at halftime, closing the second quarter with an 8-2 run.
The Archers went on an 8-0 run in the third quarter to build a 54-43 lead with 2:43 left.
In the fourth, the Chargers got within 67-62 thanks to back-to-back 3s from Julia Miller but South Side responded with nine straight points including 7 of 9 from the free-throw line to take a 76-62 lead with 2:29 left.
"We had some defensive possessions where we left shooters wide open and we knew we couldn't do that," Goodwell said. "(The Chargers) did what they do well and they hit shots so, guess what, we need to get to work. We see them in a couple weeks, we have to do some better things defensively. They handled our press, initially, so we had to make adjustments on our press.
"We couldn't stay with what we were comfortable with and it took us a while to get back to being comfortable on full-court effort."
Chapman led South Side with 28 points and Tyson, who went 8 of 8 from the free-throw line, added 22.
Laney Steckler scored 23 for Carroll, Kelli Damman added 14 and Macy Miller 10.
"I saw out of our team, we didn't quit, we fought, we put ourselves in position," Carroll coach Mark Redding said. "What I saw out of South Side, they're constantly on you. You have to play within yourself. I thought South Side got us out of that and that's when they took advantage. Chapman, inside, was just a beast. They have a great inside game and we just couldn't do much about it. I thought our girls did a nice job defending, doing the best they could and I thought we hit a lot of good shots but they came back and hit shots, too, and I thought that was the difference."