Southside wins

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Selma Times-Journal

Marcus Cleveland poured in 26 points, and Southside exploded in the second half in a 67-50 win over visiting Central-Hayneville.

Leading by just four at halftime, the Panthers (1-1) started the third on an 18-3 run and outscored Central 20-9 in the period. Cleveland scored 12 points in that quarter and threw down a breakaway slam dunk that sparked a 12-0 stretch to put Southside’s lead at 52-33.

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The first quarter belonged to the Lions (1-4). Brandon Smith scored six points in a 10-2 stretch that gave them a 17-12 lead to end the quarter. Smith scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the first.

Southside quickly answered and outscored Central 12-4 over the first 3 minutes of the second. Ricky Moore hit a 3-pointer at the end of the run to give Southside its biggest lead to that point, 24-21.

Fontana Waters was the Panthers’ second-leading scorer with 20 points.

Much like the boys, the Lady Panthers saved their best basketball for the final two quarters.

Southside limited Central-Hayneville to just four shots from the field in the second half and took a 39-28 win.

The Panthers (4-0) were down 14-13 at the half, but used runs of 5-0 and 6-0 to take their first lead of the game, 20-19, in the third.

Natasha Smith scored 11 of her game-high 15 points in the second half.