It took withstanding a late Snider rally, but South Side won its second straight girls SAC Holiday Tournament title by beating the Panthers 63-55 Saturday evening at Wayne.
The Archers held a 50-37 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers went on an 18-8 run to pull the game within four with 1:00 left in the game. The Panthers then stole the ball at midcourt on two consecutive possessions but missed layups both times. After the close calls, South Side was able to put the game away by making four straight free throws.
“They know teams are going to make comebacks, we tell them that,” South Side head coach Juanita Goodwell said. “Teams are going to make runs … you just need to keep your composure and stay with it and continue to play hard, and that's what they did.”
South Side was led by a strong performance from its inside players as Arianna Simmons scored 17 points and Brittni Clopton added 15. Snider was led by Deja Wimby who scored a game-high 25 points.
“Our posts were receiving the ball too high, so we were telling our guards we got to feed our posts down low,” Goodwell said. “By doing that we were able to feed the ball inside and get more ball movement, more of an in-and-out game and get some putbacks.”
The win gives the Archers its third title in four years and fourth overall for the school. It also marks the seventh straight final appearance, the most consecutive appearances by any school in the history of the girls or boys tournaments. The loss for Snider was its ninth second place finish.