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  • Friday, March 6, 2015 7:37 PM
    NEW MARKET - The fourth quarter arrived in a flash. The season was gone even more quickly.

    Southmont's boys' basketball team had its season ended Friday night on its home court by the Seeger Patriots, 62-54.

    The fourth quarter was a game in itself. Seeger took a 39-27 advantage to the final period. After playing zone most of the game, Southmont jumped out to a full-court press, trying to keep the ball out of the hands of Seeger's star point guard Borden Kennedy. It was effective, as the trap induced five of the seven turnovers Seeger had in the final period.
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  • Sectional semifinals on tap for Friday
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 9:17 PM
    Four teams remain in each of the local boys' basketball sectionals.
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  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:28 AM
    VEEDERSBURG - Southmont got the perfect sectional warmup Friday night when it traveled to Fountain Central. Both squads played with playoff intensity and the Mounties were one questionable call away from having a shot at tying the game with less than 10 seconds left.

    The Mounties were down seven when they started fouling the Mustangs. Twice, the Mustangs missed 1-of-2 from the line and on both occasions Southmont freshman Cam Chadd answered with a 3-ball at the other end, cutting the lead to two points. On the next foul, the Mustang fell to the floor and Southmont was whistled for a questionable intentional foul, meaning two shots and the ball for Fountain Central.
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  • Monday, February 23, 2015 6:30 PM
    The boys' basketball sectional pairings were announced on Sunday and the Montgomery County coaches discussed the draws on Monday.

    In the Class 3A sectional at Frankfort, North Montgomery and Crawfordsville will kick off action on March 3 in the quarterfinal.

    "We definitely wanted to play North again, so we got that," Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce said. "We felt like in the second game we played, we didn't give them our best. We are excited for another opportunity to go up against them."
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  • Mounties can't cool down Frankfort
    Sunday, February 22, 2015 7:52 PM
    Coming off Friday's thrilling overtime win over Greencastle, Southmont was looking to carry some momentum into their final Sagamore Athletic Conference contest, and Senior Night, against Frankfort. Despite a good shooting effort by the Mounties, the Hot Dogs prevailed 80-67.

    South came out hot, hitting 45 percent in the first quarter, including 57 percent from beyond the arc. They raced out to a 7-4 lead, midway through the first.

    Frankfort, on the other hand, shot 77 percent in the quarter, including 3-of-3 from long range, and held a 24-15 lead after one.
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  • Friday, February 20, 2015 7:00 PM
    NEW MARKET - The game came down to the final shot.

    Southmont (5-14) defeated Greencastle (11-9) 43-42 in overtime on a Cam Chadd 3-point basket as time expired.

    "We were looking for a lob to (Kaleb) Swick," Chadd said. "I was the second option."

    The Mountie freshman caught the ball with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime.

    "It felt right," he said. "I knew it was going in right when it left my hand."
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  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5:51 PM
    Each Montgomery County boys' basketball team will be in action this weekend against a Sagamore Athletic Conference opponent.
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  • Bad start buries Mounties
    Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:37 PM
    NEW MARKET - A horrendous start put the Southmont boys' basketball team in a hole it had no chance of emerging from Thursday night at home against Cloverdale.

    The visitors jumped out to a 36-15 start and led 66-28 at halftime on the way to a 96-61 win over Southmont.
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  • Bruins too tough for Mounties
    Friday, February 6, 2015 7:24 PM
    NEW MARKET - Class 3A No. 7 Tri-West Bruins visited Southmont on Friday and were unkind guests, leaving the Mounties with an 89-36 loss.

    Tri-West wasted no time getting to business. The Bruins opened the game on a 15-0 run and Southmont didn't score until there were less than two minutes left in the first quarter. At the end of one, Tri-West led 24-6 and the game was well out of reach.

    "That is a very good Tri-West team. We knew that they were going to play aggressive defense and try to not stay on the defensive end very long," Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said. "I thought that we got back and played defense when we took shots, but the problem was we had too many turnovers (25).
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  • Mounties face massive task
    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 5:22 PM
    NEW MARKET - The Southmont Mounties are banged up and on an eight-game skid. Things won't get any easier Friday when the Tri-West Bruins (13-1, 2-1 SAC) come to town.

    The Mounties are without starters Jacob Budd and Heath Whalen, both of whom are out with injuries. Freshman sensation Cam Chadd has been ill and will likely be limited against the Class 3A No. 7 Bruins.

    "Cam Chadd has been really weak and lost around 10 pounds so although he will play this week, he's been limited in practice and I don't expect him to play to usual level or minutes," Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said.

    "Tri-West is a really good team. They have great players and great athletes that can score in bunches. Although (Trevor) Waite is one of the best, if not the best, players in the conference, they have plenty of other guys that can score in a variety of ways. So even if we could find a way to slow down Waite or even stop him they have so many other options that it will be tough to keep the score down."

    The Bruins are averaging nearly 76 points a game this season and their only loss is to Class 3A No. 6 Danville. Sparks said that, for Southmont, it will be important to benefit from their shots.
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  • Sunday, February 1, 2015 2:48 PM
    WEST TERRE HAUTE - Southmont entered their fourth back-to-back weekend in a row as they made the long bus ride to Terre Haute to battle West Vigo. The Vikings were able to ride two first half runs, to close both quarters, and earn a 78-54 victory.

    "As pleased as I was with the team last night, it was really frustrating to come out tonight and not play very well for three quarters," said Mountie coach Jon Sparks. "I thought we started well, especially when we were up 8-4. We executed our defensive game plan very well early, and then all the sudden it stopped."
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  • Tigers chomp Southmont
    Friday, January 30, 2015 7:10 PM
    LEBANON - The Lebanon boys basketball team was desperate for a win. That was costly for Southmont.

    The Tigers had lost four in a row and eight of their last nine contests heading into Friday night's match-up with Southmont.

    But thanks to a second-quarter run and a hot-shooting junior, the Tigers got the win they desperately needed. Trevor Lakes scored 31 points and the Tigers topped the Mounties 75-55.
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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:23 PM
    LEBANON - When the Southmont boys' basketball team travels to Lebanon Friday night, they will be looking to stop a six-game losing streak and get moving in the right direction as the season gets into crunch time.

    The Mounties have been slammed by as of late by injury and illness. That will increase the challenge of stopping Lebanon's star 6'6" sophomore, Trevor Lakes.
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  • Smith leads Athenians to victory
    Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:49 PM
    Crawfordsville and Southmont each came into Saturday's showdown feeling good, despite losing Friday night. When the final horn sounded in the Montgomery County clash, it was only the Athenians that maintained the high from the night before. The Athenian boys beat Southmont 49-39 behind a 17-point, 6-rebound effort from Konnor Smith.

    "It was pretty apparent in the first quarter that we were trying to get it inside. I thought Ryan and Konnor did a good job of executing. It worked out well for us to get out to a good start," Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce said. "(Konnor) is on a little bit of a hot streak here. We were able to get him some looks tonight. The last couple of games as he's been hitting, guys want to get him the ball more."
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  • A tale of two trends
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:53 PM
    Saturday's Montgomery County, and Sagamore Athletic Conference, showdown between Southmont and Crawfordsville is a tale of teams currently going in opposite directions. The Athenians enter as winners of two of their last three, while the Mounties are on a 4-game slide. However, don't let the records fool you, this promises to be a great matchup.

    Southmont (4-8, 0-3 SAC) will look to turn their recent misfortunes with a good showing Saturday. "We need to shoot well and limit turnovers to have a chance," said Southmont head coach Jon Sparks. "Also, we can't surrender easy baskets in transition.

    "Defensively, Crawfordsville comes at you with many looks," continued Sparks. "They're good with their full court press, their run and jump, and their 1-3-1 trap, so we have to be aware of what's going on and make adjustments on the fly."
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