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Cards go 1-1 in boys and girls basketball double header against Perry Meridian

Junior Brynna Reynolds holds the ball in the Lady Cards' game against Perry Meridian on Nov. 20. The Lady Cards lost the game 59-44.

Junior Brynna Reynolds holds the ball in the Lady Cards' game against Perry Meridian on Nov. 20. The Lady Cards lost the game 59-44.

Logan Zrebiec

Junior Brynna Reynolds holds the ball in the Lady Cards' game against Perry Meridian on Nov. 20. The Lady Cards lost the game 59-44.

Logan Zrebiec

Logan Zrebiec

Junior Brynna Reynolds holds the ball in the Lady Cards' game against Perry Meridian on Nov. 20. The Lady Cards lost the game 59-44.

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Nov. 20 was a historic night in SHS’s fieldhouse. There was not one, but two cross-town rivalry games played. The girls basketball team started off the night at 6 and the boys played at 8 with there being a Southport Hall of Fame inductee in between.

The girls basketball team came into the night 1-6 with full intentions of defeating the rivals, the Perry Meridian Falcons. The first quarter was slow for both girl teams with SHS leading 8-7. It went downhill from there for the Lady Cards, being outscored 22-3 in the second quarter and going into halftime trailing 27-11. The Cards ended up out scoring the Falcons in the second half 33-30, but that wasn’t enough. The Falcons ended up winning the game 59-44, pushing their record to 2-3, while lowering the Cards’ season to 1-7.

“We didn’t have any heart tonight,” head coach Adam Morelock said.

The leading scorer for the Lady Cards was junior Kyra Duncan, who ended up with 13 points. According to Maxpreps, Duncan shot a low 29 percent from the floor but connected on 67 percent of threes.The Cards’ next game is on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. They will be matching up against the Franklin Central Flashes at Franklin Central.

“I’m gonna go to training more,” Duncan said. “I’m gonna pick up my hustle.”

In between the two games, SHS inducted former boys head basketball coach Bill Springer into the SHS Hall of Fame. Springer was the head coach at SHS for 17 years and led the 1990 team to the state finals.

With the lights dimming and the song, “Till I Collapse,” by Eminem playing, the opening video for the boys basketball team was played on the jumbotron. This was the first game for not only the Cards, but also for new head coach Eric Brand.

The Cards kept control of the game throughout the game. They led the Falcons 11-7 after the first quarter and went into the half with a score of 29-17. When coming out of the half, the Falcons changed their defense to a zone the second half, which ultimately slowed down the Cards’ offense.

“The first half we made some shots and executed,” Brand said. “The second half we came out and they were in a zone and we got a little stagnant.”

The game was tight down the end, both teams trading bucket after bucket. With around 50 seconds left, the Cards had the ball with the score tied at 43. The Cards held the ball for approximately 40 seconds until they ran their play. Junior Brevin Jefferson with the isolation play drove and spun towards the basket, floated up the shot and got blocked.

The blocked shot went towards senior Brian Miller who shot a two-point jumper with two seconds left. The crowd went silent, half the crowd watching with anticipation for the ball to go in and the other half holding their breath, praying that it’s a miss.

Swish.

Miller drained the jumper as the buzzer went off to win the game for the Cards 45-43.

“It was great,” Miller said. “Seeing the crowd rushing me.. It was pretty cool.” Miller said.

Jefferson led the team in points with 16 and senior Chaz Hinds had the second highest with 12. Jefferson and Hinds were the only two for the Cards with double digit points scored. According to Brand, he believes Jefferson led the team well and executed as well as Brand wanted Jefferson to.

The Cards’ next game is on Nov. 24, when they will be traveling to Seymour for a non-conference match at 7:30 pm.

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