Greenwood had Southside on the ropes.
Up 21-13 and then 24-20, Greenwood had home-court and momentum. But Southside reached back for another gear when it mattered most and shocked the Lady Bulldogs, 27-25, to complete a 25-9, 23-25, 25-10, 27-25, win 7A/6A-Central win against the Lady Bulldogs.
Southside (28-3, 12-0) will carry an 18-game winning streak into Thursday’s home finale against Russellville.
“These girls have a lot of fight in them,” Southside coach Steve Haaser said. “Our mantra is to fight for the next point, and that’s what they kept doing.”
Drew Jones, who had a career-best 20 kills, tied the game at 25 and a Greenwood hitting error put the Confederettes ahead for good.
“Greenwood has an outstanding team,” Haaser said. “We knew coming in here it wasn’t going to be easy. I am sure glad we won the fourth game, because I didn’t want to play them in the fifth game — not in this gym.”
Southside came out firing on all cylinders and won the opener, 25-9. After losing 25-23 in the second set, the Confederettes capitalized on a number Greenwood mistakes and — on the strength of a 13-0 run — won the third game, 25-10.
Greenwood (5-7 in 7A/6A-Central) led in every game but the first. Greenwood freshman Maddie Pfeifer was in a Jones-like zone of her own and finished with 18 kills. Maddie Gilliam and Erin Black had eight and six kills. Courtne Climer had five kills.
“There’s a mental block when it comes to Southside; I don’t know what it is,” Golden said. “That’s what happened in the first game. I challenged them and I thought we came back really strong.”
Greenwood turned away one Southside run after another and methodically built a 21-13 lead in the fourth game. But Southside closed to within two at 21-19 on Mia Robbins’ block and Claire Wilson’s kill.
Pfeifer and Greenwood answered by extending the lead to 24-20. But Jones, Waller and Stegall refused to go quietly, with Waller’s kill starting the comeback.
“We stopped playing there for awhile and coach Haaser got onto us,” Stegall said. “They kept hitting around our block, a lot of which we didn’t adjust to.”
Stegall finished with 42 assists. Jones added nine blocks to go along with her 20 kills. Wilson had 15 kills and Waller finished with seven for Southside.