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Southside blows out Jemison

Southside’s Mario Oliver works the ball around a Jemison defender during Friday night’s blowout win. -- Robert Hudson

Water wasn’t the only thing falling from the sky on Friday, as it was raining threes in Southside’s dominating 106-42 win over Jemison in an area game.

Southside head coach Cedric Brown said the Panthers (12-8, 3-1) played hard all game to capture a key win that keeps them tied atop Class 4A Area 6 with rival Dallas County High School.

“That was a win we really, truly needed,” Brown said. “Everybody got a chance to play. After Tuesday, we had two good days of practice and the guys just came out and executed. I didn’t have to do much coaching tonight. Everything we worked on in practice, they did in the game for four quarters.”

Southside got off to a hot start right out the gate, jumping out to a 22-7 lead in the first quarter that included five three pointers—three by Mario Oliver and two by Jeffery Mack.

The Panthers never trailed and took a 53-24 lead into halftime and ended the third quarter leading 86-35.

It was the same the rest of the way, as Southside hit 15 three pointers on the night including five from Oliver, four from Mack and three from Devante Richardson.

Southside had six players in double digits.

Oliver led the way with 22 points, Mack had 18 points, Sammarkus Jones had 12 points, and Richardson had 11 points off the bench, while Alton Carmichael and Javon Hall each had 10 points off the bench.

Trey Bryant led Jemison with 12 points while Ben Howard added 10 points.