The Rebels, behind 23 points from senior Ben Diamond, broke clear in the late going to put down the pesky Golden Raiders 71-57. This followed the Lady Rebels’ 64-27 win in the night’s opener.
South and North were locked in a battle for most of the nonconference contest. The Raiders (16-13) rallied to tie it at 39 early in the third quarter and were as close as 58-56 with 4:43 left in the game.
Then the Rebels (25-4) went on a 13-1 run to close out the fourth and seal the victory.
“It was an emotional night for sure,” Diamond said. “I think we were a little nervous in the first half but were able to pull things together late to put it away.
“This week has been a grind. We haven’t played as well as we’d like all week, but I think with a few good practices next week we’ll be ready for our first game in the district tournament next weekend.”
Sullivan South coach Michael McMeans concurred with his star guard.
“It has been an emotional night,” McMeans said. “We just wanted to get through this game with a win.”
Gannon Chase added 15 points and Cole Layne 10 for the Rebels.
Isaiah Pruitt led North with 19 points and Trey Williams scored 16.
“We played about as well as we could for the first three quarters,” said North coach Travis Cain. “But in the fourth quarter, we couldn’t hit free throws or baskets. We have to fix those little things if we expect to win big games.”
COMPTON KEY FOR SOUTH
The Lady Rebels (11-17) overwhelmed the Lady Raiders in the first half and raced out to a 43-12 lead by halftime.
South senior Abigail Compton, starting in place of injured senior Nicole Troutman, was a force in the first quarter, scoring 10 points.
“With Nicole out, I just knew I had to step up,” said Compton, who finished with 13 points. “And it was Senior Night and I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.
“Right now, I think we’re playing as well as we have all season and are looking forward to the district tournament.”
Alex Harris led South with 16 points. Allie Jordan added 15.
Kiera Kotee had 13 points for North (7-18).