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Southside girls roll over Etowah 47-39

Southside’s Morgan Harris comes down with the ball over Etowah’s Neah Meeks during Tuesday’s game at Southside High School. (Photo by Eric T. Wright | Gadsden Times | File)


SOUTHSIDE — Southside rode the strength of a huge third quarter to a 47-39 Class 5A, Area 13 win over Etowah in girls high school basketball play Tuesday night.

With the Blue Devils up 17-12 after two quarters, the Panthers outscored Etowah 20-0 in the third to take control of the game.

“I’m really proud of the girls and their effort,” Southside coach Kim Nails said. “We stress defense even when the offense is not going good because we know we usually go on a run, and we did.”

The Blue Devils, despite being down by 15 points heading into the final eight minutes of play, managed to close to within six points in the fourth quarter but got no closer.

Lindsey Hindsman scored 17 points for the Panthers, and perhaps just as importantly made all six of her free-throw tries in the fourth quarter when Etowah attempted to get a rally going.

The first quarter was a defensive affair, with Southside on top 6-4 going into the second.

After the Panthers scored first, the Blue Devils went on a 13-4 scoring spurt to end the first half and take a five-point edge at halftime.

Five different players scored for the Panthers during the deciding third-quarter run.

Mallory Smith had eight points for Southside. Morgan Harris contributed seven points. Blakely Alfred posted 10 rebounds. 

Kaylee Howell grabbed six rebounds. Hunter Ashcraft dished out four steals.

Maelin Trammell’s 11 points led Etowah. Kaelin Trammell and Gabby Williams each scored nine points.