Report by Chris Vines
A banner season for Southside senior girls and senior boys basketball teams came to an end in the state tournament at Morrilton this week.
It was the first time both teams had qualified for the state tournament in the same season.
The senior boys lost to Berryville Tuesday in the opening round of state in Morrilton, 53-33 ending the season, the loss left them with a record of 18-8 on the season.
The Southerners struggled from the field and Berryville seemed unable to miss throughout the game.
Berryville moved on to face the state’s number-one team in the state, Magnolia.
Coach McGhee said after the game, “This was a group of young men faced who faced a lot of adversity, with all the regulations and rules for COVID, they met the challenge head-on with hard work, being good teammates, unselfish with mental and physical toughness and being extremely coachable.”
The senior girls fell to Farmington 59-47 also in the state’s first round Wednesday in Morrilton.
The Southerners, who started two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman were down six with one minute to go in the first half when Farmington, nicknamed “Fast Farmington” for their style of play hit two, three-pointers to run the lead to 16 at halftime, a lead they would never relinquish.
The Southerners finished the season 17-9 and made their second straight state tournament appearance under Coach Jordan Riley and Assistant Coach Tim Appleget.
Coach Riley said, “This was the most fun group I have ever coached and they are already talking about the work they want to put in over the summer to get better”.