GREENCASTLE — Southmont’s basketball season came to an end at the hands of a hot-shooting Cloverdale team in a 100-62 first-round loss in Class 2A Section 44 tournament play.
The Clovers (19-6) avenged an earlier-season loss to the Mounties and move on to play North Putnam in semifinal action Friday, while South’s season ends at 11-11.
The second quarter was the dagger into Southmont’s dream of advancing, as the Clovers hit 12 of their 18 shots on the way to a 28-5 scoring advantage. The Mounties only hit two of their 17 attempts in those same eight minutes.
While the Clovers offense was rolling along, the Mounties offense struggled.
South did hit a decent 44 percent from the field, but couldn’t find the range from deep, as they finished 5-of-23 from three-point range.
They also didn’t get to the line much, finishing 3-of-8.
The Mounties were 27-of-62 from the field and finished with 19 turnovers that Cloverdale turned into 30 points. They had 34 rebounds to Cloverdale’s 31.
South was led in scoring by Cam Chadd, who finished with 14 points.
South’s only senior, Kaleb Swick, finished with 12 points and a team-best 10 rebounds, as his high school basketball career comes to a close.
The Clovers were 37-of-61 from the field, 15-of-30 from long range and 11-of-12 from the line. Neese led all rebounders with 14. They had nine turnovers.
Monrovia defeated Cascade 54-47 in the other first-round game, and will advance to play South Putnam Friday.