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Southside splits with Manteo

By By Aaron Carpenter, Staff Correspondent
Chocowinity — Southside’s men’s team notched its second victory of the season Tuesday night against the Redskins of Manteo, 55-47.
The Seahawks came flying out at the start of the first quarter with Chris Godley playing some stellar defense against the Redskins leading to several fast-break points.
Manteo could only manage four points in the first quarter against the Seahawks D, and that helped Southside earn a 15-4 lead.
The tide quickly turned, however, as Manteo, just three minutes into the second quarter, was able to capitalize on some defensive lapses by the Seahawks to go on a 8-0 run to cut the lead to three, 15-12.
Broderick Moore of Southside sank a three and Godley chipped in two of his own late in the half to extend the lead to nine with just over a minute remaining.
With six seconds left, Manteo got two back before Moore went 1-3 from the line with no time on the clock to take a 24-16 lead into the half.
The third quarter started out as though both teams were a little tired from the back and forth action of the first half, but soon picked up in the fourth minute as Jimmy Stokes of Southside drilled a short jumper to push the Seahawks lead to 10.
Manteo then benefited by some excellent guard play to get within five points with just over a minute remaining in the third, 33-28.
In the last half-minute of the third, Southside outscored Manteo to take a 36-29 lead into the final quarter.
Then it was Manteo’s turn again. Due to some lackadaisical play on Southside’s part, and some good free throw shooting on Manteo’s, the Redskins were able to go on a 9-2 run in under two minutes to tie the game at 38.
Southside was outscored in the second, third and early fourth 34-23.
Unfazed, Southside took back the lead on Dash Spruell’s put-back of a missed jumper and that started a scoring flurry by Southside with just under five minutes to go in the game.
The Seahawks went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes with Bryon Jordan sinking 8 of his team-leading 15 during that span.
Manteo battled valiantly over the final two minutes, chopping the Seahawks lead to as little seven, but the deficit created by Southside proved to be too much to overcome.
After the game, White praised his team and two of his seniors in particular.
The Lady Seahawks didn’t fare as well as their male counterparts against the Lady Redskins, losing 64-26.
Behind some good play from Manteo’s Hunter Spruill and Jordan Gutshall, Manteo took a 15-8 lead in the first quarter.
In the second, Spruill sank 12 of her 18 points and played well defensively as Manteo prevented Southside from scoring at all and the Lady Redskins went into halftime with a 33-8 lead.
The third didn’t go much better for the Lady Seahawks, who didn’t break into double digits until almost four minutes had gone by.
Manteo also cooled off and could only muster eight points to Southside’s five in the third.
Southside doubled their scoring output for the game, 13, in the fourth quarter as the Lady Seahawks continued to play hard, but the game was never in doubt after the second quarter.
Southside’s jayvee squad defeated Manteo 68-53.
Southside welcomes Plymouth into town on Friday night.