Southside girls down Glencoe 62-54


Southside's Haley Troup attempts to get control of the ball as Glencoe's Laura Poovey and others fight for possession during Friday night's game. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


GLENCOE — Southside overcame a 30-point effort by Glencoe’s Laura Poovey to pick up a 62-54 win in girls high school basketball Friday.

The Panthers (16-6) led 33-24 at halftime and had to hold off rallies by the Yellow Jackets in both the third and fourth quarters to get the victory.

“Any time we play Glencoe, it is always a great game,” Southside coach Kim Nails said. “I always think, when we leave, that both teams improve and get better. They do a good job and we were fortunate to be on top.”

With Southside holding a nine-point lead going into the third quarter, Glencoe (17-10) needed someone to lead them back into the contest, and they got that from Poovey. She scored all 16 points in the period for the Yellow Jackets, including four 3-pointers. She hit a trey to tie the game up at 37 to cap a 13-4 run. Beth Allen Smith responded for the Panthers with a three, only to see Poovey come back and drain another from behind the arc.

Smith hit a pair of free throws and Jakarri McKissack nailed a jumper to give Southside a 44-40 lead after three quarters.

“No. 3 (Poovey) is a great player and she was definitely on tonight,” Nails said. “She didn’t shoot many uncontested, she was just on and nailing them.”

The fourth quarter opened with the Panthers scoring six of the first eight points to extend the advantage to 50-42. The lead jumped to 54-44 with 2:38 left after a pair of free throws from Haley Troup, who had 16 points, seven rebonds and 10 assists in the contest. Poovey managed to get back-to-back 3-pointers to fall and cut it to a 54-50 game with 1:38 remaining.

Glencoe would get no closer, though, as Baylee Gilchrist managed to prevent Poovey from getting another shot off. Southside hit six of eight free throws down the stretch, along with a basket by Troup, while holding the Yellow Jackets only to buckets by Brennan Ingram and Sally Tinker, to secure the road victory.

The Yellow Jackets never led in the contest. They trailed 16-11 after one quarter of play.

Southside appeared primed to run away with the game in the second quarter. After a three by Morgan Lyles and a free throw from Poovey, Glencoe trailed by just one at 16-15. The Panthers got hot, though, going on an 11-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 27-15. Molly Tucker had six points during the spurt.

The Yellow Jackets battled back, however, trailing by seven until Troup’s jumper at the buzzer put Southside up by nine points at the break.

Sydney D’Eath had 11 points and six boards for the Panthers. Tucker scored 10 points.

Tinker contributed 10 points for Glencoe.