Quick start gives way to offensive struggles for South Side as season ends at regional

South Side senior Shamari Tyson heads to the basket during the regional championship game at Kokomo against on Saturday. (By Justin Kenny of news-sentinel.com)
South Side senior Taniece Chapman drives baseline past Kaylee Riggins of Zionsville during Saturday's Kokomo Regional championship. (By Justin Kenny of news-sentinel.com)
South Side senior Mikeba Jones released a shot from the outside as Zionsville junior Delaney Richason defends on Saturday. (By Justin Kenny of news-sentinel.com)
South Side senior Shamari Jackson looks for a teammate during Saturday's Kokomo Regional against Zionsville. (By Justin Kenny of news-sentinel.com)

KOKOMO — It was a tale of two offenses for South Side on Saturday night.

For the first eight minutes of the regional championship game against Zionsville, the Archers looked magnificent on the offensive end.

Mikeba Jones was deadly from the perimeter, knocking down a trio of threes and finishing with 11 points in the first quarter.

Jaci Jones hit her first and only three-point attempt of the quarter, looking poised to continue her hot shooting day that included six threes in Saturday morning’s win over Carroll.

With four points and four rebounds, Taniece Chapman looked the part of a dominant post who could pick apart Zionsville.

But the quick start of the Archers to the tune of 22 first-quarter points gave way to just as swift of a downturn. South Side would score just 28 more points in the game in a 67-50 defeat.

What changed?

“We tried to press (in the first quarter), which wasn’t a good idea,” said Zionsville coach Andy Maguire. “We couldn’t find them in transition. Once we made it a half-court game and settled down, we were more effective.”

The Archers hit 57 percent of their shots in the first quarter, but that number dipped to 37 percent in the second. It got worse after halftime, with South Side shooting just 21.1 percent (7-of-33) over the final two quarters.

After a pair of buckets early in the game, Chapman did not score again. Jones finished with a team-high 20 points while Shamari Tyson added 11.

“Zionsville made it difficult for us to get that ball inside, Taniece was never really comfortable,” South Side coach Juanita Goodwell said. “I don’t know if it was nerves or their defense, but that hurt us a lot.”

The Archers trailed by just five at halftime, but bad shot selection and a stingy Zionsville (21-5) defense allowed the Eagles to increase the lead to double digits barely two minutes into the third quarter.

The South Side deficit never shrunk below eight points the remainder of the game.

The Archers also had difficulty with Zionsville’s Maddie Nolan. The junior was able to finish around the bucket and at the free throw line to the tune of 28 points.

Delaney Richason contributed 18 points in the win.

South Side ends its season with 23 wins and SAC Holiday Tournament and sectional championships.

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