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Basketball team falls short of sectional championship, season still success
March 13, 2014Southport High School
The boys basketball team played in their last two games this past weekend, and finished the season with everything they had.
The weekend started Friday night, the boys basketball team faced off with Decatur Central in the second round of sectionals after beating Perry Meridian earlier in the week.
The team started off strong offensively, but couldn’t keep Decatur from scoring, Decatur Central only missed eight shots the entire first half.
This led to Southport being down by seven at the end of the first half.
Finally things started to click for the Cardinals, and they eventually took the lead in the third.
“We stayed patient, and we were able to do exactly what we were supposed to do,” head coach Kyle Simpson said.
The intensity translated into the fourth quarter, and the Cards outscored Decatur 20-2 in the fourth, and came out on top at the end of the game 69-52. Southport had earned their spot to play in the Sectional Championship against Pike.
“Saturday Night was just a great Indiana high school basketball game,” Simpson said.
Going into the game Simpson told his players that they were going to play their best game of the season, and, according to Simpson, they did.
The team started out strong outscoring Pike 15-7 in the first, and going into the half up by seven.
Pike made some halftime adjustments and was able to barely take the lead by the end of the third. The fourth quarter however, was a dog fight all the way through. With everything on the line neither team could deliver the final blow, and the game went into overtime.
In overtime, silly mistakes were Southport’s downfall, and Southport was unable to win the game.
To be able to come so close to beating a team like Pike in a sectional championship, who is 38-4 in sectional games in the past 14 years, is a great accomplishment for a team that was 1-19 the previous season, according to Simpson.
“They played hard, and left everything on the floor,” Simpson said. “Of course it stings, but overall the kids have nothing to hang their heads about.”
This season has been revolutionary for not only the basketball program, but the entire Southport community.
After beating Perry Meridian three times, and being Conference Indiana champions for the first time in school history, it’s safe to say that Southport basketball is back on the map. And that was Simpson’s main goal this season.
This unforgettable season sparked the fire that is Southport basketball, the number of fans dramatically increased in just this season. The fan support went from only a handful, to nearly filling the one side of Ben Davis’ gym, according to Simpson.
“For me as a coach, to look across the court and see a sea of red, well, it gives me goose bumps,” Simpson said.
It’s only been a week since the end of the season, and students and fans are already looking forward to next basketball season. Coach Simpson is already taking the necessary steps to get the team ready for next season.
“When you have such a great group of guys you never want it to end,” Simpson said.
Even though the Cards didn’t finish the season with a sectional championship, they’ve made a huge difference in the community.
“My grandmother, who passed away earlier in the season, used to sing a song called Going Out in a Blaze of Glory, and when I reflect on the season I think of her, and how that is a great motto for the end of this season,” Simpson said.
Congratulations to the entire basketball team on an unforgettable season.
SHS News Bureau