VEEDERSBURG – After losing their last seven games, Southmont looked to turn it around Saturday night when they traveled to Fountain Central (10-11, 3-4 WRC). Cam Chadd and Kaleb Swick combined for 57 points for the Mounties, and helped Southmont come away with a win 76-63.
“We played harder on the defensive side of the ball tonight,” said head coach Jon Sparks, “that helped us play the pace that we wanted.”
That defensive pressure was shown in the first quarter. The Mountie defense forced six Mustang turnovers and held them to only five points. The key for Southmont was keeping Fountain Central out of the paint and forcing them to take 3-point shots. The Mustangs shot 31 threes in the game.
“Our strength tonight was forcing outside shots and clogging up the inside, keeping the ball out of their big guys’ hands,” said Sparks.
Southmont kept the pressure up in the second quarter and went into the halftime break up 36-20.
“The guys were definitely getting discouraged going into halftime about how the game was being called. It was being called tight and we had to do a better job of responding in the second half,” said Sparks.
Southmont definitely responded. And even after a late push by Fountain Central, the Mounties walked away with a win 76-63.
Offensively, Southmont relied on the one-two punch of Camden Chadd and Kaleb Swick. Despite early foul trouble, Swick led the team with 30 points and Chadd added 27 of his own. Pushing 1,000 career points, Swick put on a clinic in the lane and on the free throw line. The senior ended the game going 13-16 from the line.
“Kaleb continues to grow over time. Tonight, he did a great job finishing hard at the basket and drawing contact. When he plays like that, it’s hard to defend,” said Sparks.
Southmont will travel to Greencastle Friday to take on the Tiger Cubs at 7:30 pm.
“To keep this momentum going into the next couple of weeks, we have to be more consistent and keep up the aggressiveness,” said Sparks.

SOUTHMONT 76, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 62
Southmont 20 16 20 20--76
Fountain Central 5 20 12 20--62

SOUTHMONT
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
Swick 9-13 13-16 12 4 30
Chadd 9-15 6-10 8 1 27
Williams 2-6 2-4 2 3 7
Howard 1-6 0-0 3 1 3
Scheidler 1-4 1-2 0 3 3
Cassida 1-1 0-0 2 4 2
VanCleave 0-3 1-2 2 1 1
Totals 23-48 23-34 29 17 76
Percentages: FG .479, FT .676. 3-Pointer: 6-17 (Chadd 2-5, Williams 1-4, Howard 1-4, Swick 2-3, Scheidler 0-1) Team Rebounds: 7.

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
Butts 8-11 1-3 1 3 19
Ellis 4-17 2-2 8 4 13
Otero 4-11 0-0 3 1 12
VanCleave 1-1 0-0 4 5 2
McCollum 0-4 0-0 3 4 0
Barnett 4-7 1-1 5 5 10
Myers 1-5 0-0 3 3 2
Howell 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 23-63 4-6 29 25 62
Percentages: FG .365, FT .667. 3-Pointer: 11-32 (Ellis 3-13, Otero 4-10, Barnett 2-4, Butts 2-3, Howell 0-2) Team Rebounds: 10.