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Posted on Fri. Feb. 17, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT

Archers-Panthers rivalry hits road

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SATURDAY

Class 4A

Kokomo

Snider (20-3) vs. South Side (22-1), 10 a.m.

McCutcheon (20-3) vs. Indpls. North Central (19-5), noon

Class 3A

Bellmont

Norwell (21-3) vs. NorthWood (21-3), 10 a.m.

Hamilton Heights (21-4) vs. Concordia (17-5), noon

Class 2A

Rochester

Bowman (18-6) vs. Winamac (18-5), 10 a.m.

Bishop Luers (18-5) vs. Fremont (15-9), noon

Class A

Caston

Morgan Twp. (13-10) vs. Oregon-Davis (20-4), 10:30 a.m.

West Central (18-5) vs. Canterbury (21-2), 12:30 p.m.

Tri-Central

Randolph Southern (15-7) vs. Riverton Parke (21-4), 10 a.m.

Southern Wells (18-6) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (5-18), noon

– Championship games

at 8 p.m.

FORT WAYNE — South Side and Snider, two schools seven miles apart, are taking their rivalry on the road.

The girls basketball teams have already faced each other twice this year with the third matchup taking place in the semifinals of the Kokomo Class 4A Regional at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Class 4A No. 3 South Side (22-1) has handed No. 9 Snider (20-3) two of its three losses this year, winning 67-54 in the SAC tournament semifinals Dec. 30 and 61-60 on Jan. 13. The Archers won both the tournament and regular-season conference titles after beating the Panthers.

“It is strange to drive two hours to play South Side but if that is what is required then we are happy to go,” Snider coach Ryan Gould said.

“We have not had much luck playing them in town, so maybe getting out of town will be a good thing for us. We are really excited for the chance to go down (today) get a practice in at Kokomo and then get ready for the game on Saturday.”

The winner of the semifinal matchup will play either No. 8 McCutcheon (20-3) or unranked Indianapolis North Central (19-5) in the 8 p.m. championship.

“It helps us because it gives us a chance to be somewhere else and be on more neutral ground, and it gives us a chance to have a road experience,” South Side coach Juanita Goodwell said.

“We have to drive awhile, so it gives (the players) the tournament feel. It helps us more than it is a detriment.”

Both teams possess stellar inside games and full-court, pressure defenses.

“We know what we didn’t do well in the second game and what Snider did well, and it was a balance of the two,” Goodwell said of the close second game. “What we have to do, which is no small task, is get the girls ready to understand the game we want to play. The focus this week is clean up the things that didn’t go well for us (from the sectional). If we have to add something new to give it a different look, it will be something on the side, and it won’t be our main focus. We will have something ready in case we have to go there. It’s a matter of what we do well and execute it.”

Snider has won three sectional titles in a row, while South Side has won a sectional championship in five of the last six years.

“In order for something to be different this time around, we will have to do a much better job rebounding the basketball and a better job of handling the ball,” Gould said. “We gave them 25 offensive rebounds last time and turned it over 32 times yet only lost by one. We feel like if we can cut those numbers in half, we will be competitive in this game. South Side is a great team, and they present a lot of challenges for us due to their size and their aggressiveness.”

gjones@jg.net


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