Southside boys, girls beat Dallas County
Published 12:19 am Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Southside’s Kentavius Page was barricaded in the corner of the court, looking for a teammate to break away from a defender’s shadow. The score was knotted up 40-40, and 10 seconds remained on the clock.
Suddenly, Lee Underwood broke free near the sideline. Page tossed him the ball in stride, and Underwood coasted to the basket for a game-winning layup.
The Southside Panthers needed every second on the clock to escape the Dallas County Hornets 42-40 in the third place game of the Dallas County Classic Christmas tournament. The Panthers were free to celebrate victory after Dallas County’s Andre Hall chucked a near-halfcourt heave bounced off the left side of the rim as time expired.
“I’m proud that our kids played hard, and I’m proud that we had an opportunity and a chance to win, and as a coach all you ask for is to have a chance to win at the end of the game,” said Dallas County head coach Willie Moore.
Both teams came out sluggish in the first quarter, as Southside only led 5-3 after eight minutes of play.
Jaydon Buford knocked down two of his three 3-pointers in the first half, but Dallas County’s offense as a whole was stagnant until the second half. Southside wasn’t much better in the first half, but an Underwood 3-pointer helped the Panthers to a 16-14 halftime lead.
Leading 22-21 in the third quarter, Southside went on a 7-0 run to take a 29-21 lead. Dallas County fought back, as Hall hit a jumper from the free throw line to cut the deficit to 29-23.
Hall then intercepted a pass at one end of the floor and dished the ball to Quincy Parker who completed a three-point play.
Charles Price responded for Sotuhside, as he knocked down a jump shot to bring the Panthers’ lead to 31-26. Buford answered with a 3-pointer to keep Dallas County within two points of the lead.
In the fourth quarter, Timothy Baker pushed the Hornets in front 35-33 with two 3-pointers that brought Dallas County fans to their feet.
Later in the quarter Page hit a layup to take a two-point lead, and then Baker threw up a floater that tied the game at 40-40.
With time winding down, Page found Underwood, who nailed the layup with just three seconds left on the clock.
“As a coach, all you can ask for is an opportunity to win the game. We had an opportunity and a chance to win the game, and they made one more play than we did, so that was the difference in the ball game,” Moore said.
Southside head coach Cedric Brown said he was pleased but not happy with the win, certain that his team is capable of accomplishing much more this season.
“Anytime we can get a win over anybody in the county in the Black Belt, it’s a good win for us, but this is not the end,” Brown said.
Southside 47, Dallas County 22
Southside was blown out by Keith Monday, but the Panthers rebounded from the loss with a 25-point victory over Dallas County.
Kionah Page led all scorers with 17 points in Southside’s 47-22 victory over Dallas County in the third place game of the Dallas County Classic Christmas tournament Tuesday.
Christina Watts nailed two 3-pointers in the first quarter to lift Southside to a 16-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The three points for Dallas County came courtesy of a J’Kierra Peterson triple.
Southside extended its lead in the second quarter and led 28-8 at halftime. The second half was never in doubt for the Panthers, but the Hornets’ Jorge’Undra Dower managed to score 10 second-half points. She led Dallas County with 12 points.
Hornets head coach Charles Thompson said rebounding and poor defense in transition was ultimately what caused the game to get out of hand for Dallas County.