Southside beats Glencoe 61-41 to cruise into girls title game


Southside’s Haley Troup shoots as Glencoe’s Sally Tinker defends during the Etowah County basketball tournament semifinal game Wednesday at Beck Field House on the campus of Gadsden State. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)


Southside took control of its game against Class 3A, No. 10 Glencoe almost from the start and never was threatened in a 61-41 win in the semifinals of the Etowah County girls high school basketball tournament Wednesday at Beck Field House on the campus of Gadsden State.

The 5A Panthers never trailed after the game’s opening minutes, riding a 17-1 run in the first quarter to a commanding lead.

Southside (16-6) led 35-18 at halftime, and the Yellow Jackets could not trim the margin below double digits, getting no closer than 11 in the second half.

“We knew we needed to put four quarters together,” Southside coach Kim Nails said. “We’ve been kind of a two-quarter or three-quarter team. We were still kind of up-and-down, and Glencoe does a good job and we knew they would be ready. It was a total team effort. Our hustle and defensive effort certainly helped the tempo of the game and got us some easy baskets.”

Glencoe (15-7) scored the game’s first three points on a basket by Morgan Lyles and a free throw by Laura Poovey. After that, the Panthers went on the run that gave them the lead for good. Haley Troup scored the final five points in the streak to give Southside a 17-4 edge after one quarter.

Sally Tinker’s basket in the second quarter got Glencoe back to within 22-10, but that was as close as the Yellow Jackets got until the fourth. The Panthers pushed their advantage to 17 at halftime.

The third quarter saw Southside continue to roll. Karri McKissack opened the second half with a steal and layup to extend the lead to 37-18. The Panthers led by as many as 20, 43-23, in the quarter after a basket by Troup. The lead was 46-27 heading into the fourth.

Glencoe made one last run in the final quarter. Five different Yellow Jackets scored as they outscored the Panthers 12-4 to open the fourth, making it a 50-39 game following a Poovey basket with 3:10 remaining.

That was as close as Glencoe managed, though. Southside, which briefly had gone cold after hot shooting throughout the contest, found its stroke again and finished the game on an 11-2 run.

“Our shooting percentage has been a little better,” Nails said. “That’s something as a coach that you continually work on. It’s good when shots are falling, but you better count on your defense always.”

The win wrapped up a spot in Friday’s tournament final against the winner of today’s game between Gaston and Hokes Bluff set to tip off at 6 p.m. The championship game is at 6 p.m. Friday.

Troup led all players with 13 points. She also had five rebounds and five assists.

Savannah Thomas contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.

Molly Tucker finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

Tinker was Glencoe’s leading scorer with nine points. Jordan Sims scored six points. Poovey and Jensen Napper each had five points.

The Panthers never trailed after the game’s opening minutes, riding a 17-1 run in the first quarter to a commanding lead.

Southside (16-6) led 35-18 at halftime, and the Yellow Jackets could not trim the margin below double digits, getting no closer than 11 in the second half.

“We knew we needed to put four quarters together,” Southside coach Kim Nails said. “We’ve been kind of a two-quarter or three-quarter team. We were still kind of up-and-down, and Glencoe does a good job and we knew they would be ready. It was a total team effort. Our hustle and defensive effort certainly helped the tempo of the game and got us some easy baskets.”

Glencoe (15-7) scored the game’s first three points on a basket by Morgan Lyles and a free throw by Laura Poovey. After that, the Panthers went on the run that gave them the lead for good. Haley Troup scored the final five points in the streak to give Southside a 17-4 edge after one quarter.

Sally Tinker’s basket in the second quarter got Glencoe back to within 22-10, but that was as close as the Yellow Jackets got until the fourth. The Panthers pushed their advantage to 17 at halftime.

The third quarter saw Southside continue to roll. Karri McKissack opened the second half with a steal and layup to extend the lead to 37-18. The Panthers led by as many as 20, 43-23, in the quarter after a basket by Troup. The lead was 46-27 heading into the fourth.

Glencoe made one last run in the final quarter. Five different Yellow Jackets scored as they outscored the Panthers 12-4 to open the fourth, making it a 50-39 game following a Poovey basket with 3:10 remaining.

That was as close as Glencoe managed, though. Southside, which briefly had gone cold after hot shooting throughout the contest, found its stroke again and finished the game on an 11-2 run.

“Our shooting percentage has been a little better,” Nails said. “That’s something as a coach that you continually work on. It’s good when shots are falling, but you better count on your defense always.”

The win wrapped up a spot in Friday’s tournament final against the winner of today’s game between Gaston and Hokes Bluff set to tip off at 6 p.m. The championship game is at 6 p.m. Friday.

Troup led all players with 13 points. She also had five rebounds and five assists.

Savannah Thomas contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.

Molly Tucker finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

Tinker was Glencoe’s leading scorer with nine points. Jordan Sims scored six points. Poovey and Jensen Napper each had five points.