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1950-1951 School Year

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The 1950-1951 version of the Tiger basketball team lacked one key ingredient to be successful of the court.  They lacked the height needed to win.  The 1951 yearbook said the team had the smallest, but best, guards in the city.  The January graduation also hurt the team losing Rollie Swanson.

But Head Coach Luther Mona would not let these factors keep his team from being unprepared.  In their first game, against Roosevelt, the Tigers pushed the Teddies to the limit, only to fall at the end 29-27.

Against Washburn, South looked better than in the previous game.  Washburn won, but only by nine, 50-41.

South then took on a pair of northside schools, Henry followed by North.  Against Henry, the team was caged rather easily, with the Patriots winning 46-31.  North followed Henry’s formula and also won, 40-28.

South gained their first win of the season against an anemic West team.  South poured in 60 points and won by 32!  Final score, 60-28.

South then fell to Edison 38-29.  The team’s lack of height was very evident in this contest.

The final game of the season was against Marshall.  This game seemed to lack defense as both team sank shot after shot.  When the horn sounded, the Tigers won 54-52!

In the District 17 tournament, South drew Edison in their first game.  Edison treated the Tigers to another defeat, just as they did a week earlier, this time be a 46-35 score.

South finished the conference season with a 2-5 record in seventh place.  South did not play Central, Southwest or Vocational this season.