Southside falls in Southwest Regional final
Southside came up a game short of reaching the Class 3A State Basketball tournament.
No. 1 Cottage Hill Christian hammered the Panthers 63-34 in the Class 3A Southwest Regional final on Wednesday at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.
Cottage Hill earned the first-ever state tournament berth in school history.
Josh Bell led the Warriors (26-1) with 18 points,. Tyler Thomas followed with 17.
The Panthers finished with a 9-9 record and were the Area 8, 3A runner-up.
Tae Spears led the Panthers with 16 points and four steals.
Southside had a tough night shooting on the field. The Panthers missed 40 of 53 shots from the field and were 0-for-19 at the three-point line.
Despite the loss, the Panthers will have a shot to reach the state tournament in 2022 behind guards Tae Spears and Christopher Thomas. Both will be seniors next year.
The Warriors will play No. 3 Fyffe at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham in the state semifinals.
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