Raiders roll to 56-39 victory over HenryvilleJanuary 16, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
HUNTINGBURG — The Southridge (6-5) boys basketball team did not waste a moment in the opening stages of Saturday afternoon’s contest against Henryville at Memorial Gym. The Raiders built off an early seven-point lead and captured a wire-to-wire 56-39 win over the Hornets.
“We were really good scoring off of our defense early,” Southridge head coach Mark Rohrer said. “We need to get that more in the second half of ball games. That’s when we’re our best — we are absolutely at our best when we can turn defense into offense.”
Southridge gained an early 13-6 advantage after the first quarter. The Raiders increased that margin to 27-11 before the halftime buzzer sounded.
According to Rohrer, Southridge senior Camden Gasser finished the game with 13 assists. Gasser found fellow senior Colson Montgomery for a bevy of open looks — Montgomery finished his night with a game-high 22 points.
“Colson Montgomery is the best transition player in the state,” Rohrer said. “Until somebody shows me somebody else, he is the best transition basketball player in the entire state. I’d put him up against anybody in that category.”
The transition game was pivotal, but Southridge also mixed in a variety of offensive looks out of halfcourt sets. Montgomery operated the offense on some possessions, while Gasser engineered the attack on other trips down the floor. Junior Carter Whitehead and senior Kaleb Wibbeler also served as playmakers throughout the contest.
The diverse options will give the Raiders more flexibility as they embark on a crucial stretch of games against Heritage Hills and Greensburg. Rohrer highlighted the importance of running a multidimensional offense.
“We want teams to have to gameplan for a lot of different actions, movements and sets,” he said. “We’re our best when we are pushing in transition. When we do have to get into the halfcourt, we want to have a lot of different things at our disposal to where teams aren’t necessarily guessing what’s coming. They can’t just key in on one main action every time. We have a variety of different things we feel comfortable and confident with getting into.”
Whitehead contributed 10 key points for Southridge. Senior Sam Sermersheim maneuvered his way around the paint and scored six points.
“No matter what we are running, we always want to play inside-out,” Rohrer said. “That is a staple of our program at every level.”
Although the Raiders head into the week on a two-game winning streak, Rohrer remains focused on staying within the present moment.
“I still think we’ve got a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “With the maturity of this group, they know that. We’re going to keep working to build toward our peak by March.”
Southridge will return for a Pocket Athletic Conference game against Heritage Hills at 8 p.m. on Friday in Huntingburg.
“We’re really excited about that opportunity,” Rohrer said. “These guys have played against Heritage Hills their whole lives. It’s a close school, a conference rival. They’re a great basketball team. I feel like we’ve got a very good basketball team, as well. Every week in practice is important, but I think our guys will be a little sharper, a little more focused and have a little more intensity this week.”
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