South Side sweeps McNairy for a pair of district wins


Playing in their first games in 11 days, South Side’s basketball teams returned to the court and swept visiting McNairy Central tonight (Jan. 23) in a pair of District 12-3A games. The Lady Hawks won by 29 points, the Hawks by 17 points.

South Side was closed all last week – and two days this week – for winter weather. Tonight’s games were originally scheduled to be played in Selmer but were moved to the Hawks Nest because there was no power in McNairy’s gym.

THE LADY HAWKS were led by Jaidynn Askins’ game-high 18-points in the 66-37 win to improve their record to 14-5 overall and 2-1 in District 12-3A. Aydison Dilworth scored 13 points.

Other scorers: Ri’Kiya Mitchell 7 points, Akira Lacy 3, Felicity Long 2, Kimora Currie 7, ReAnna Kemp 3, Zandria Cohill 2, Tiara Green 7, Makayla Bates 2 and Aubrey Lewis 2.

In the boys’ game, THE HAWKS’ Jamarion Grimes, a freshman center, scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half of a 61-44 win to improve the record to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in District 12-3A.

Other scorers: Braden Weldon 2 points, Jamarion Burns 3, Dacoda Nolen 2, Brennian Cole 9, Cash Montgomery 5, Kaleb Nettles 2, Simeon Graham 4, Robert Liggins 9, Chris Mitchell 3 and Amauri Goodman 2.


The Feb. 9 games against McNairy will be played at McNairy. They were originally scheduled as home games for the Hawks and Lady Hawks but were swapped to accommodate for today’s power outage.


Two games – both home games for South Side – were postponed last week because of the winter weather. Those games against North Side and Lexington will be rescheduled. Dates and times will be announced when plans are finalized.


The Hawks and Lady Hawks are back in action Friday (Jan. 26) at Hardin County.

[COVER PHOTO: Lady Hawks head coach Brent McNeal (right) and assistant coach Adrian Comer talk to the team during a time out of a district home game against McNairy on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2024. The Lady Hawks won 66-37, while the Hawk won the boys’ game 61-44. (Photo by]


Hawks, Lady Hawks sweep Hardin County in district opener

South Side’s basketball teams opened district play Tuesday night (Jan. 9) with a pair of home wins against Hardin County. The Hawks won by 25 points, the Lady Hawks by 28 points. 

The Hawks

Brennian Cole made five 3-pointers in the first quarter to pace the Hawks to a 68-43 win. The junior guard added a floater in the lane in the third quarter to finish with a game-high 17 points for South Side (5-5 overall, 1-0 District 12-3A). 

Other scorers: Dacoda Nolen 9 points, Cash Montgomery 2, Kaleb Nettles 2, Simeon Graham 8, Robert Liggins 7, Chris Mitchell 5, Dallas Hardshaw 2, Amauri Goodman 3 and Jamarion Grimes 13. 

Cole accounted for all but two of the Hawks’ seven 3-pointers, with Nolen and Goodman adding one apiece. 

The Lady Hawks

The Lady Hawks had nine players score in a 55-27 win. Jaidynn Askins, a junior forward, scored a game-high 17 points for South Side (13-4 overall, 1-0 District 12-3A). 

Other scorers: Ri’Kiya Mitchell 8 points, Akira Lacy 3, Felicity Long 3, Kimora Currie 9, Amear’ra Cook 2, ReAnna Kemp 2, Aydison Dilworth 9 and Zandria Cohill 2. 

The Lady Hawks led 15-8 after the first quarter and 35-10 at the half.  

Next up

The Hawks and Lady Hawks travel to Chester County on Friday (Jan. 12) for another district game. The Lady Hawks tipoff at 6 p.m. with the Hawks to follow. 


Hawks, Lady Hawks win home opener


It was a great morning to be a Hawk and Lady Hawk as South Side swept Covington in the home opener of the 2023-24 basketball season.

THE HAWKS (1-1) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter but rallied for a 62-53 win. Robert Liggins scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, including 9 of 9 free-throw shooting in the final eight minutes. He was joined in double figures by Chris Mitchell with 11 points.

Other scorers: Jamarion Burns 2 points, Cash Montgomery 4, Kaleb Nettles 6, Simeon Graham 5, Amauri Goodman 7, Jamarion Grimes 9.

THE LADY HAWKS (2-0) were led in scoring by Felicity Long and Jaidynn Askins with nine points each in the 47-13 win for the defending 3A state champions.

Other scorers: Akira Lacy 2 points, Tiara Green 7, Aydison Dilworth 3, Myla Lacy 2, Amear’ra Cook 2, Ri’Kiya Mitchell 4, Hannah McCurry 6, Aubrey Lewis 3.


The Hawks and Lady Hawks play again Tuesday (Nov. 21) at home against Bolivar. The Lady Hawks play at 6 p.m. with the Hawks to follow. (Unlike today when the Hawks played the first game at 9 a.m. as the Lady Hawks took the court at 10:30.)


The games against Munford, initially scheduled to be played after today’s Covington games, have been rescheduled for December 12.


Hawks nab top seed for District 12-3A tournament

South Side’s 52-45 boys’ basketball win last week over North Side secured the Hawks the top seed for the District 12-3A tournament, which begins Friday at South Gibson. (The girls’ bracket begins Thursday.)

On the boys’ side, the No. 1 Hawks are followed by No. 2 North Side, No. 3 South Gibson and No. 4 Liberty.

South Side and Liberty play at 6 p.m. North Side and South Gibson play at 7:30. Tickets are $7 and available on GoFan or at the gate in Medina.

The winners advance to play for the district championship Monday at 7:30 p.m. The losing teams advance to the consolation final and play for third place at 6 p.m.

All four teams will advance to the Region 6-3A tournament. First round region games will be played at the higher seeded school with the remaining games played at Chester County.

South Side finished the regular season with a 4-2 district record. The Hawks beat Liberty twice and split games with North Side and South Gibson. The Hawks went 5-14 overall in the regular season. Click here to see results from all 19 regular season games.

North Side beat South Side 67-66 on Jan. 30 at the Hawks Nest. A 3-pointer in the final seconds was the difference. Last Friday’s game was played at Lane College and was equally as close as the first game, with the Hawks pulling away in the final minute for the seven-point win. Check out the video highlights below.

[COVER PHOTO: South Side sophomore guard No. 2 Donte Lacy prepares to shoot a pair of free throws during the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ 52-45 win over North Side at Lane College on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023. (Photo by Rory Newbold / Hawk Nation Network)]


SENIOR NIGHT: Hawks honor lone senior, fall short to SGC in final seconds

Senior Night was a lonely affair for South Side’s boys’ basketball team.

In fact, of the eight winter sport seniors honored in Friday’s on-court ceremony, the Hawks had just one representative. Team manager Madelyn Brooks has been a vital part of boys’ basketball operations this season.

Madelyn is the daughter of April Deberry and the late Antwan Brooks. She was escorted by her mother and uncle, Dexter Johnson. Madelyn plans to attend Austin Peay State University and major in exercise science.

South Side boys’ basketball manager Madelyn Brooks (center) poses for a photo during a senior night recognition ceremony on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. She was escorted by her mother, April Deberry, and uncle, Dexter Johnson. (Photo by Lisa Webb)

Meanwhile, back in the locker room, coach Damonn Fuller and his team of all freshman and sophomore players schemed for the second half with a four-point lead in an eventual 62-60 loss to South Gibson.

The Hawks trailed by a point at the end of the first quarter and led 33-29 at the half. South Gibson entered the fourth quarter leading 49-46.

The Hawks had offensive possession and prepared to inbound the ball with five seconds to play. Both teams took consecutive timeouts to prepare. The Hawks appeared to be going for two points and overtime but bobbled the inbounds pass – thanks to South Gibson’s defensive pressure – and had to throw up a 3-point shot from well behind the arch.

Eight players scored points for the Hawks: Donte Lacy (8 points), Cash Montgomery (3), Robert Liggins (5), Kaleb Nettles (3), Amauri Goodman (11), Josh Fields (4), Christian Mitchell (14) and Semion Graham (12). Mitchell shot 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, all in the second quarter.

The Hawks are 2-2 in District 12-A. The two losses were by a combined three points.

The regular season ends next week with road games Tuesday (Feb. 7) against Liberty and Friday (Feb. 10) against North Side. The district tournament will be played at South Gibson. The region tournament is at Chester County, with opening round games played at the higher-seeded school.

[COVER PHOTO: South Side’s No. 5 Kaleb Nettles plays in a home game South Gibson on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. The Hawks lost 62-60. (Photo by Lisa Webb)]



Homecoming win improves Hawks to 2-0 in District 12-3A

Three players scored in double figures Friday night in South Side’s 70-53 homecoming win over Liberty.

Robert Liggins scored a game-high 18 points, followed by Donte Lacy with 15 points and Amauri Goodman with 10 points. Lacy’s point total included shooting 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter as the Hawks improved to 2-0 in District 12-3A.

South Side’s No. 11 Robert Liggins plays against Liberty on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. The Hawks won the homecoming game to improve to 2-0 in District 12-3A. (Photo by Lisa Webb)

Other scorers were Jamarion Burns (4 points), Kaleb Nettles (2), Semion Graham (9), Christian Mitchell (2), Josh Fields (4) and Dacoda Nolen (6).

South Side led 14-11 at the end of the first quarter. Two 3-pointers by Nolen near the end of the second quarter helped the Hawks to a 40-18 halftime lead. The Hawks ended the third quarter leading 56-29.

South Side’s No. 21 Amauri Goodman plays against Liberty on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. The Hawks won the homecoming game to improve to 2-0 in District 12-3A. (Photo by Lisa Webb)

Liberty pulled within 10 points a couple times in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to making five 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.


Next week’s game against North Side has been moved up a day and will be played Monday at South Side. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was moved up due to a threat of inclement weather.

[COVER PHOTO: South Side’s No. 2 Donte Lacy plays against Liberty on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. The Hawks won the homecoming game to improve to 2-0 in District 12-3A. (Photo by Lisa Webb)]



Road wins for Hawks, Lady Hawks in district openers

South Side’s basketball teams opened district play Tuesday with a pair of wins in Medina.

The top-ranked Lady Hawks beat South Gibson 55-52 to improve to 20-0 overall and 1-0 in District 12-3A.

The Hawks, meanwhile, are 1-0 in District 12-3A after a 63-50 win against South Gibson.

In the girls’ game, South Side’s Kimora Currie was selected as the player of the game. She had eight points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Ti’Mia Lawson finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Albany Collins scored a team-high 22 points. Click here for complete Lady Hawk individual stats.

In the boys’ game, the Hawks trailed 18-8 at the end of the first quarter but rallied in the second quarter for a 25-34 halftime lead. They Hawks extended their lead in the third quarter and held on in the fourth for the win.

[COVER PHOTO: South Side coach Damonn Fuller talks to his team during a timeout of the Hawks’ 63-50 win at South Gibson on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. (Photo by Rory Newbold / Hawk Nation Network)]


Ward honored as State Farm’s boys’ athlete of the month for February

South Side basketball player Kobe Ward was recognized Tuesday as the State Farm-JMCSS boys’ athlete of the month for February.

In February, the senior guard helped the Hawks to the District 12-3A championship and runner-up finish in the Region 6-3A tournament. In March, he went on to help South Side to a road sectional win and runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament.

For the entire regular season, the Hawks were ranked No. 1 in the AP statewide basketball rankings, and Ward’s contributions were a major reason why.

South Side’s Kobe Ward (right) plays defense during the Hawks’ win over North Side in the District 12-3A championship game.



Collins honored as State Farm’s girls’ athlete of the month for February

South Side basketball player Albany Collins was recognized Monday as the State Farm-JMCSS girls’ athlete of the month for February.

And what a month it was for the Lady Hawks and Collins, a junior guard.

In February, she helped South Side to the District 12-3A championship and the Region 6-3A championship. She was named district regular season player of the year and selected to the all-region tournament team. In March, she went on to help South Side to a dominant home sectional win and a runner-up finish in the Class 3A state tournament. She was named to the 3A all-tournament team.

Pictured with Collins are (from left) dad Andrew Collins, mom Lorraine Collins and Lady Hawks head coach Brent McNeal.



Rogers, Cole, Sain and Ward selected for BCAT All-Star event

Four South Side basketball players will compete Saturday at the BCAT All-Star Game at Lebanon High School.

Lady Hawk Kaylyn Rogers and Hawks Jaylan Cole, Rico Sain and Kobe Ward will compete at the annual event for seniors presented by the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee.

They’ll play for the girls’ and boys’ West Tennessee teams and compete against Memphis, Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee. The West Tennessee girls’ will be coached by TCA’s Matt Cobble and JCM’s Tony Shutes. Coaching the West Tennessee boys’ will be Crockett County’s Adam Simpson and Munford’s Nick Buford. Complete rosters for all divisions here.

Public admission is $10. Only BCAT member passes will be accepted.


10 a.m. – Girls: Middle vs. West

11 – Girls: East vs. Memphis

Noon – Boys: Middle vs. West

1 p.m. – Boys: East vs. Memphis

2 – Girls: Championship (main gym), consolation (auxiliary gym)

3 – Boys: Championship (main gym), consolation (auxiliary gym)