Lady Archers make history

| March 13, 2013
The state runner-up South Side Lady Archers display their medals and trophies at a school rally. (Photo: Alena Noel)

The state runner-up South Side Lady Archers display their medals and trophies at a school rally. (Photo: Alena Noel)

South Side girls take second in state hoop honors

By Carlton Mables
South Side High School Principal
Special to Frost Illustrated
The South Side High School Lady Archers made an historic run through the 2012-13 IHSAA Girls’ Basketball Tournament this year. The Lady Archers began their quest by winning the Homestead Sectional. The girls recorded victories over Wayne 61-30, New Haven 50-18, and then beat the 17th ranked Homestead Spartans 54-53 for the sectional championship.The Lady Archers next traveled to Kokomo for the regional championship. There they defeated 9th ranked Westfield in overtime 57-56 and rolled over the fourth ranked Logansport Berries 71-55 to secure the championshipThe young ladies next found themselves playing the eighth ranked Warsaw Lady Tigers in their own back yard and a very hostile environment. There the Lady Archers prevailed in a back and forth game 57-54 winning the semi-state championship and the first trip to the state finals in school history.The Lady Archers were matched up against the second ranked Bedford North Lawrence Stars. The Stars entered the game with a perfect 27-0 record. The Lady Archers fought valiantly throughout the contest going up by as many as five points in the second half but lost the very close state championship game 57-54.The Lady Archers were led throughout the year by: seniors Ariana Simmons, Lynnia Noel and DeJoyah Johnson; juniors Brittni Clopton and Lakyn Gulley; sophomores Maria Moore, and Chelsea Rogers, and freshman Lakesha Stephens.

South Side senior reflects on season

Lynnia Noel 
Special to Frost Illustrated

Starting from my very first varsity game, I knew I would achieve something special at South Side. With so much rich history and tradition associated with my school and my family, I knew it would all fall into place. Playing four years of basketball and a two-year starter, I’ve played in many games with many girls.  Yet, no team can compare to the teammates I had this year.

From the first practice, we worked hard and made the goal of being “State Bound,” that’s what motivated us the entire year. This season was most memorable because we overcame so much adversity and difficulties, but never once let them keep us down.

Winning a Sectional is hard enough, but to continue all the way to the State Finals is amazing. Unfortunately we didn’t bring home a championship trophy to Fort Wayne, we lost by three in that game. But in my eyes, South Side Lady Archers won because we did something no other South Side girls basketball program has done; we proved those wrong who doubted us and made our school have something positive to cheer about. We made history and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my senior season.

Kudos to Lady Archers basketball team

By Vicki R. Wade
Special to Frost Illustrated

Even though they were the State Champion Runners Up, they played like true champions. The South Side Lady Archers basketball team showed true grace and integrity representing the city of Fort Wayne In my eyes the Lady Archers were to good enough to be number one.

We as a community need to embrace our young people when they accomplish their goals and let them know we are behind them and support them winning or losing.

Hats off to the South Side fans who attended the game and after chanted “We love you!” It was a moment that the team will always cherish.

Editor’s note: Congratulations to the South Side Lady Archers for finishing second in the ISHAA 4A High School Girls State Basketball Championship and to the Canterbury Lady Cavaliers for winning their second straight 2A Girls State Basketball Championship and fifth in six years.

 

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