There were many upsets during sectional week in Indiana boys high school basketball, but only Southridge was able to turn it into sectional gold. And now they're looking for more.
Just gritty. Just get the job done," says Southridge senior guard Camden Gasser. "Get the win."
"Just grind everything out," says Southridge senior guard Colson Montgomery.
"Tough, blue collar," says Southridge boys basketball head coach Mark Rohrer. "We definitely feel like we're a grind-it-out group."
With more spit than polish, and more grit than glitter, the Southridge boys basketball team, at times, looks like a football team playing the game of basketball.
"That's our best offense," says Montgomery. "When our defense is going, getting in passing lanes and get easy buckets in transition. It can seem like it's a low scoring game sometimes, but defense wins championships. It's just toughness."
"It's just toughness," says Rohrer. "We feel like we can go out, get all five guys in their stance, take away opponents first and second options in their set plays. And then once they get out of their set play, take away personnel."
And nowhere was that more evident than in the 2-A sectionals this past weak in Huntingburg, where the Raiders simply wore down Mater Dei, North Posey, and then finally the nightmare of Southridge season's past, South Spencer.
"They've had our number the past few years, so it was a great feeling finally knocking them off, especially at home in front of a bunch of people, finally, pretty much the first time all year," says Gasser.
Now while Southridge's sectional title victory was a team effort, no one team member did more than Colson Montgomery, as the 6-5 senior poured in an eye-popping 38 points in the 58-44 win.
"He is just as good of a person and a leader, as he is player," says Rohrer. "That's almost impossible because of how talented an athlete he is. It wasn't that he just carried our guys, but just his calming presence, his ability to go out and score at will was just something really special."
So it's a basketball team with a football attitude. However, it's another sport where this team draws it's motivation from, and that is baseball. You see southridge had made it to the state championship game the past two seasons, only to be denied gold in a very heartbreaking way. However last season they missed out on chance to make that third time being the charm, thanks to coronavirus.
"We didn't get a season," says Gasser. "We had a stacked roster. Only had three seniors the year before. We were ready to come back. It definitely motivated us."
It all begins again for the Raiders back at Huntingburg Memorial Gym, bright and early Saturday morning against Paoli in the 2-A regional semis. A win there and it's on the the regional finals that night, where they can add another year to the banner.
"I've seen some stats, like for the past, I don't know how many years," says Montgomery. "Most Southridge teams haven't even won the first game. So just winning the regional, in general, would mean a lot to us."