Girls basketball team loses in WPIAL final; turns attention toward state playoff game Saturday

As the first quarter of the much anticipated Southmoreland vs. North Catholic girls basketball tournament at the Peterson Event Center was drawing to a close and the clock winding down to one second,  senior Charity Henderson launched a last minute shot that made it and cut the lead to four.  The Scotties opened the second quarter with a basket to cut NC’s lead to two.

But unfortunalely the Scotties would never get any closer, as North Catholic went on to win 61-44 and take its fourth straight district title and 20th overall. It was Southmoreland’s first appearance ever in the championship.

“I practice that shot every day,” Hendersaon said later.

“It was the most exciting part of a game I’ve ever seen,” said senior Caileigh Johnston, who attended the game.

This moment added to the community’s support for the girls team. Different businesses within the community put Scottie related items on their storefronts, a pep rally was held at Southmoreland High School the day of the game and there a fan bus was sent for students that wished to attend the game. 

Southmoreland left that night with a loss of 61-44, ending their perfect season and North Catholic successfully defended their four time consecutive WPIAL title. 

“It was the only game this year that was a challenge for us,” said senior member Carlie Collins.

The infectious excitement ran rampant in the community after the game. 

“This is the best basketball team in SHS history with more to come,” said game announcer Paul Brittain. 

This Saturday the girls will travel to Greensburg Salem High School and face Huntingdon High School in a first round game. It is Southmoreland’s first time in the state playoffs.

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