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2002-2003 School Year

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After the disastrous sixth place finish last season, Head Coach Scott Carter believed that the only place the Tigers could go was up.  He was right.  Beginning his seventh season as the head coach, he already broke one record.  Coach Carter became the longest serving head coach in team history. So it seemed natural that the team continue the positive energy.

The team stormed into second place in the conference with an 8-4 record, finishing runner up to eventual State Champion North.  Their overall record of 12-5 was also a major improvement over last season.

The team started the conference season with three straight victories.  The first was against Roosevelt.  The team started off hot and kept rolling to a 76-53 win.  Southwest was the second conference game.  This game was a bit closer, but the Tigers still won, 50-39.  In the third game, the entire bench saw action, with the Tigers drubbing the Patriots 90-39.

Game four was the test the Tigers were waiting for.  The battle of two undefeated teams, which one would go home with a loss.  Unfortunately, the Tigers opponent was North.  North had not lost a conference game since the 1995-96 season and they were not about to start.  The Tigers fell 79-30, but were still in second place.

South returned to their winning form against Edison.  The game was close, with the two teams battling.  South won by two baskets, 50-46.  Washburn also gave the Tigers a good game.  Unfortunately, the Millers were too good, winning 56-51.  The game against Roosevelt was easier, with the Tigers coming away with a 48-30 win.  The game against Southwest was a hard one to lose.  The team may have been too confident after their earlier 11-point win.  Whatever the reason, Southwest won 61-54.

The Tigers ended the conference season winning three of their last four.  The first win was against Henry.  The score of the game was not reported.  Their last loss came against the Polars, but this one was closer with North winning 58-36.  Edison gave the Tigers a run, but the high-scoring game favored South, with the Tigers winning 86-80.  The last conference game of the season saw the Tigers exact revenge for their previous loss to the Miller.  South won 69-56.

In non-conference action, the team beat four St. Paul schools.  The first victory was over Arlington 58-11!  Johnson was next at 66-39, followed by Como Park, 56-19, and Highland Park, 70-37.  In the Region tournament, South lost to Cretin-Derham Hall 62-42.