Southern Fulton’s District 5-A championship team players pose with their gold medals following last Friday’s playoff final against Tussey Mountain at University of Pittburgh Johnstown Sports Center.
Tussey Mountain was picked to win by one but Southern Fulton proved its critics wrong Friday night with an eight-point victory over the top-seeded Titans.
The 53-45 victory wrapped up the District 5-A championship title for the Indians, who had previously secured a berth in PIAA State Tournament set for March 12. The win last week also marked the first Indian victory over Tussey Mountain team led by coach Dave Bailey during the 2009-10 season as well as a 300th season victory for Indians coach Kent Hendershot.
The Indians limited the Titans’ leading scorer, Randy Zimmerman, to only 18 points during the match, while their own Luke Mellott rallied for a team-high 15 points. Teammates Seth Hall and Ryan Harper both reached double digits with 12 points.
Ryan Harper, a junior guard for Southern Fulton, shoots for the score against rival Tussey Mountain.
Meanwhile, Dylan Whiteside, who was instrumental in shutting down Zimmerman during the first half, led Southern Fulton’s defensive effort with 10 boards.
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Senior forward Luke Mellott goes up for two against a strong Tussey Mountain defense. Mellott scored 15 points for the Indian win last Friday and has scored more than 1,000 points during his time playing basketball at Southern Fulton. Southern Fulton senior guard Dylan Whiteside takes a dive around a Tussey Mountain Titan. Sophomore guard Seth Hall moves the ball past a Titan defender during title play last Friday. Wearing Southern Fulton’s school colors, Indians fan Brian Stanley cheers his team on to the District 5-A title. Sophomore guard Damon Gordon moves the ball down court for the Southern Fulton Indians at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center. The Southern Fulton varsity cheerleaders perform during a break in play at the District 5-A championship game.