Indians reach semifinals

Published 8:51 am Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Southampton senior Josh Johnson makes a break for the basket with Prince Edward defenders Raheem Smith (22) and Rakeem Saunders (44) on his tail. Johnson scored a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in the game for the Indians’ 59-56 win. -- Andrew Faison | Tidewater News

COURTLAND—Southampton High School senior Josh Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in Tuesday’s Region I Tournament opener to help the Indians beat Prince Edward 59-56.

The win advances the No. 3 ranked Indians to the semifinals, the furthest the team has been in post-season play in recent memory, said Head Coach Will Melbye.

“It was a great win for the program,” Melbye said. “I’m just excited for them to get to play at this level.”

Southampton will play either on the road at Culpepper at  7 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 24.

At one point in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game, Southampton led No. 6 ranked Prince Edward by 13 points. With 40 seconds left in the game, it was tied at 56-all.

“Their record isn’t a reflection of who they are,” Melbye said. “They came back and beat us in overtime (earlier in the season).”

Southampton sophomore Tony Hill led with 18 points. Junior Jalen Ford added 15 and Johnson, 13.

For Prince Edward, Raheem Smith and Djuan Wilburn led with 14 points each.

Southampton led 15-11 after the first quarter and held onto the lead until half time, when the score was 29-23.

With just over 5 minutes left in the third quarter, Johnson scored a 3-pointer, giving the Indians a 38-25 lead.

With 3:42 remaining, Smith scored 2 for Prince Edward and followed with two foul shots. This narrowed the Indians’ lead to 41-35.

With 3:49 left in the game, Smith made a layup and added a foul shot, making the score 52-49. Prince Edward tied up the game with 40 seconds left before Johnson netted the final points.