HENDERSON – South Side junior Terrandous Smith had a big game for the Hawks, scoring 17 points to keep his team close in a District 14-AA semifinal Saturday night against Fayette-Ware.
But at the end of the night, it was his older brother Terrikous at the free throw line.
“One hundred percent sure he was going to knock them down,” Terrandous Smith said.
Fouled with 4.9 seconds left and the game tied, senior Terrikous Smith went 2-for-2 at the free throw line to lift South Side to an 80-78 win over Fayette-Ware.
South Side will play Lexington in the district final, and Fayette-Ware will play Bolivar in the consolation game. All four will make the region tournament.
The Hawks and Wildcats split the regular season series, with Fayette-Ware winning a few days ago in Somerville. South Side (16-8) led three times in Saturday’s second half, and the final margin was the Hawks’ largest lead of the game.
A desperation miss by D.J. Jackson meant Terrikous Smith had the game-winning points.
“He had the technical earlier in the game, and I looked down at the bench and he nodded his head,” South Side coach DaMonn Fuller said. “So I told him to go back in.”
Smith was fouled driving to the basket in the final seconds.
“He went to the free throw line and made the free throws. That’s what senior leadership is,” Fuller said.
Chris McNeal led South Side with 19 points, and he gave his team a needed lift at the half with a swish from approximately 35 feet. Mikkel Norment had just hit a 3 to put Fayette-Ware ahead 42-33, so instead the Hawks trailed at halftime by six.
South Side got 16 points from Joshua Greer, who played his first game for the Hawks. The former North Side player recently moved back to Jackson from Bloomington, Ind.
“When he came into the school, we called TSSAA and they said he was eligible, and he’s just been helping us since then,” Fuller said. “He’s a team player, and that’s what we’ve got to have. He didn’t come in thinking he had to do this or do that. He understood that we play as a team, and he came in and he fit the system.”
D.J. Jackson had 19 points, and T’Varsky Freeman added 17 for the Wildcats (20-10). Mikkel Norment had 15, and Cortavious Miller scored 11.
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