Montgomery becomes all-time scoring leader



PRINCETON — There was much cause for celebration Tuesday night for the Southridge boys basketball team. Not only did the Raiders (6-6) move back to .500 with a 53-50 win against the Princeton Tigers, but junior guard Colson Montgomery became Southridge's all-time leading scorer. Montgomery finished with 21 points, which puts him at 1,270 points for his career. The old record was held by 2003 graduate Reid Sakel, who finished with 1,263 points.

“Our coach called this one [isolation] play for me in the post,” Montgomery said in a text message conversation with The Herald. “(Senior) Austin Kaeck passed it to me down in the post, and I felt the double team coming from the weak side. I did a little shoulder fake, took a drop-step dribble and just went up and laid it in. They stopped the game and recognized me. I’m extremely honored.”

Raiders coach Mark Rorher called Montgomery the “total package,” and said he works very hard to maximize his abilities for the good of the team. Rorher said Montgomery has grown by leaps and bounds not only in his game, but also as a team leader. He couldn’t wait to get back to finish the game against the Tigers after the game paused for a moment to recognize him when he broke the record.

“What an unbelievable accomplishment midway through his junior season,” Rorher said. “There’s a lot of special traits that he has. He works extremely hard at his game, and has for a very long time. When they stopped the game, he kind of had this uncomfortable look like he just wanted to keep playing. It’s a special moment, but he’s just a humble kid and great teammate.”

Now with another accomplishment behind him, Montgomery and the Raiders are looking forward to getting back on the court as they visit Pocket Athletic Conference opponent Tecumseh on Friday. Everyone is geared toward riding the wave of positivity that comes with a win and a record to keep the upward trend moving in the right direction.

“I’m happy we have some momentum after beating a good Princeton team,” Montgomery said. “Leading into Tecumseh, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing — just come out, play hard and play aggressive on the defensive side of the court.”

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