Southside girls claim area championship over Boaz


Southside's Sydney D'Eath hit the shot that put the Panthers up for good against Boaz on Saturday. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times | File)


BOAZ — The Southside Panthers claimed the Class 5A, Area 10 girls basketball tournament championship Saturday night with a 57-52 double-overtime win over Boaz.

Haley Troup had a huge game, scoring 25 points and adding seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals against the tournament’s host to earn MVP honors.

“I’m very proud,” Southside (20-6) coach Kim Nails said. “I think this, to my knowledge, was school history. I think it’s the first time that Southside girls have won an area championship in basketball. So that’s huge for our program.”

Southside needed to rally from a 35-31 deficit after the third quarter to tie it at 43 at the end of regulation. Haley Troup scored five points and Molly Tucker added two more to send the game into a second overtime. Sydney D’Eath, who ended the night with six points, put the Panthers up for good with a 3-pointer to open the second overtime. Beth Allen Smith sealed the win with four free throws down the stretch.

Smith finished with seven points and five rebounds, while Jakarri McKissack also scored seven points. Savannah Thomas, who along with D’Eath are the team’s only two seniors, had six points.

“Our two senior leaders have been just outstanding as far as their leadership,” Nails said.

Tucker added eight rebounds.

For Boaz (13-13), Hannah Liverett scored 26 points.

Both teams advanced to the sub-regional round Thursday. Southside will host, while Boaz must travel.