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2016-2107 School Year

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Hopes were high for a second conference title and to go far in the region tournament this season.  Coach Nathan McGuire’s team returned four of the five starters from last season.

The Tigers opened the season with a non-conference games against Richfield. A balanced scoring attack helped South bring home a 54-26. Maisy Johnson led the team in scoring with 14 points with Solona Cushing and Ariyon Kelly each adding nine. 

The Tigers opened the conference season against one of the newest teams in the conference, FAIR Falcons.  FAIR provided very little competition for the Tigers.  South won 94-14.  Morgan Hill led the Tigers with 35 points.

On December 6, the two reigning conference co-champions met for the first time at South.  Southwest graduated many starters and the Tigers had their way with the Lakers.  A balanced attack was led by Morgan Hill who scored a team-high 13 points.  Maija Feriancek (11), Solana Cushing (10), and Jade Hill (10) also were in double figures.

South played Robbinsdale Cooper on December 8.  Cooper came out and took 27-18 lead at the end of the first half.  The Tigers seemed to be on the brink of losing.  However, South turned the game around in the second half.  The Tigers crawled back into the game closing to within three points with under a minute to play.  South fouled Cooper with under 10 seconds to play.  The Cooper player missed both shots, giving the Tigers a last chance to tie the game.  Unfortunately, the shot did not fall and the Tigers lost 48-45.  Morgan Hill led South with 17 points.  Also scoring in double figures was Jade Hill with 12.

Conference play resumed against Edison.  The Tigers claimed a 69-31 victory. Morgan Hill led the team in scoring with 26 points and 7th grader Kiani Lockett chipped in 16. The team is now 4-1 on the season.

The next game, a conference match-up, was at North.  It was an overtime thriller. The game was back and forth until the end but the Tigers closed out strong with a 78-77 win over the Polars. Morgan Hill led the way with 31 points and Rose Lutz chipped in 16.

The Tigers hosted Columbia Heights in their next game.  Jade Hill led the team with 13 points in a 49-45 victory. Following their victory, the Tigers dropped a tough game to Robbinsdale Armstrong.  The Tigers were down by 14 at half time, but South fought back hard in the second half.  The Tigers came up short, losing 58-52.  Morgan Hill, 16 points, and Solana Cushing, 14 points, led the Tigers in scoring.

South next played North St. Paul and won 69-25.  Morgan Hill led the Tigers with 30 points.  Her sister, Jade added 11 points.

During Winter Break, South participated in a tournament at Norwood-Young America.  Their first opponent was Belle Plaine.  Morgan Hill again led the team with 25 points.  Solona Cushing added 20.  The Tigers won 78-34.  The second game in the tournament was against the host, Norwood-Young America.  N-YA handed the Tigers their third loss of the season, 64-50.  

Opening the second half of the season after break, the Tigers played Lakeville South.  This was an extremely close game.  After regulation, the game was tied at 60, forcing overtime.  Both team scored two baskets and the first overtime ended tied in 64.  The second overtime was all South.  The Tigers shut out the Cougars and scored 13 points, winning 77-64.  Morgan Hill scored a career-high 39 points, 17 on free throws.  She also pulled down 14 rebounds.

The Tigers visited Washburn in a conference game. After trading baskets for the first several minutes, the Tigers headed into the locker room at half time with an 18-point lead and never looked back. Teamwork and a clean transition game boosted the Tigers to a convincing 69-33 win and to a 5-0 conference record.

In a strong offensive showing, the Tigers claimed a big 93-18 win over Henry at home. South led 62-11 at half time.  Four of the five starting players scored in double figures, with Morgan Hill leading the way with 32 points.  With the win, the team remains undefeated in conference play.

The Tiger continued their march toward the conference title defeating Roosevelt 76-36.  Morgan Hill again led the Tigers scoring 33 points.

The Tigers won a non-conference game against St. Paul Central. The final score was 61-50. The Hill sisters led South in scoring - Morgan finished with 19 points and Jade finished with 15.

The Tigers won big over FAIR tonight by a final score of 102-10 and remain undefeated in conference play. It was a true team effort, as all 14 players saw action, and four players finished in double digits.

The Tigers moved to 9-0 in the conference with a 69-33 win over Edison. South was led by Morgan Hill, who finished with a game-high 29 points. Solana Cushing also had a big night for South, as she finished with 23 points, including seven three-pointers.

The next game was a true test for South, playing the Polars, who earlier in the season took the Tigers to overtime.  The two teams are first and second in the conference. The Tigers remain in the top spot in the Minneapolis conference with 68-58 win over North. The team was led by Morgan Hill, who finished with 25 points, and Jade Hill, who finished with 17.

The Tigers improve to 17-3 with a 68-57 non-conference win tonight over the Stillwater Ponies. Morgan Hill led all scorers with 28 points and 7th grader, Kiani Lockett and 8th grader, Jade Hill put on an impressive defensive performance.

The Tigers won 59-56 on the road against Tartan High School. The team was led by junior Morgan Hill, who finished with 24 points. Sophomore, Solana Cushing added five three-pointers.

The Tigers claimed a 81-38 victory over conference opponent Washburn. Eighth grader Jade Hill led the way for South, as she finished with a career-high 30 points, including 20 in the first half. Three other players finished in double figures.  Morgan Hill scored 10, Maija Feriancek had 12 and Solona Cushing added 10.  Feriancek, a freshman, scored all her points on three-pointers.

The Tigers won against Henry by a final score of 84-15. The team was led by Jade Hill, who finished the night with 29 points.

The Tigers celebrated Senior Night and clinched the conference tonight with an 84-12 win over Roosevelt. Both seniors, Inezsa Carreno and Rose Lutz, were honored before the game.  Both were in the starting line up and both scored points.  The balanced scoring was led by Morgan Hill with 18 points.  Solana Cushing and Jade Hill each scored 16 and Kiana Lockett added 10.  The Tigers clinched the conference title with this win.

The Tigers won 68-30 over Southwest and finish undefeated in conference play this season. Three players finished in double figures for South, Morgan Hill with 19, Jade Hill and Solana Cushing each had 14.

The Tigers finished the regular season with a 63-54 loss at home against Wayzata. Morgan Hill led South with 31 points.

South represented Minneapolis in the Twin City game against St. Paul Como.  This Tigers were led by the Hill sisters. Morgan scored 22 points and Jade scored 15. Ariyon Kelly also chipped in 11. Even with these high scorers, Como Park defeated the 66-63.

For the second year in a row, the Tigers traveled to Robbinsdale Armstrong and battled the Falcons in the section quarterfinals. In 2016, Armstrong ended South's season in a heartbreaking fashion. This time around, the result was much different. The five-seeded Tigers claimed a 44-39 victory over the four-seeded Falcons and will go on to play Hopkins in the section semifinals. The team was led in scoring by Morgan Hill, who finished with 14 points.

The Tigers' season ended with an 85-42 section semi-final loss to #1 seed Hopkins.