Southside girls’ season ends with 80-42 loss to Susan Moore in Class 3A semifinal

Published 9:00 am Saturday, March 5, 2022

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Southside-Selma High School’s girls basketball team ended its season with an 80-42 loss to Susan Moore in a Class 3A state semi-final contest Tuesday at Legacy Arena in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham.

The Lady Bulldogs (30-4) bookended a pair of strong quarters around the intermission, outscoring the Lady Panthers 22-9 in the second and 27-7 in the third.

Southside-Selma (21-7) took an 8-7 lead via a Jakeria Robinson layup with 3:50 remaining in the opening frame before Susan Moore seized control with a 9-2 run to go ahead 16-10. Cali Smallwood scored the go-ahead basket with a layup in the paint and finished the day with a 22-point, 8-rebound outing.

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Lacey Floyd delivered a 15-point, 9-rebound effort for Susan Moore, while Lani Smallwood came off the bench to give her squad 15 points in 15 minutes of action.

Laterika Edwards led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points. Khaleah Shanks finished 10 points, going 5-of-5 from the floor.

Several statistical shortcomings stymied Southside-Selma’s efforts. The Lady Panthers committed 21 turnovers, produced no points from the bench and went 2-of-13 from the free-throw line.

Southside-Selma girls head coach Cedric Brown could not be reached for comment.