Louie Golden: He's Still Got It

Southside is one of the state's top basketball teams in AA. With just one loss this year the Tigers are blazing a trail towards the playoffs. Their leader, coach Louie Golden, has been a big reason for their drastic improvement lately. Come inside for the latest.

For years coach Louie Golden had one of the top basketball programs in the upstate at Riverside High School. His teams were always well coached and played hard for Golden culminating in numerous victories. During his stay at Riverside he saw his own son Shaun Golden become a star before taking his talents on to the University of Georgia.

The elder Golden stepped away from the game for a while but returned to the coaching ranks for Southside High School. The results of having the basketball genius at the helm are starting to show this year as the Tigers have raced out to a (17-1, 6-0 region) record.

Facing a usually strong Carolina High School squad on Friday night the Tigers came out a bit flat but made short work of the Trojans en route to a 61-39 win. The Trojans made strong run in the first quarter but Golden settled his Tigers squad down and from there it seemed to be on cruise control for the Tigers.

The Trojans (3-15) are suffering one of their worst seasons in recent memory after being a AA playoff perennial powerhouse each year. The Tigers' record eerily brings back memories of the squads they had in the early 90's boasting players like Shammond Williams (North Carolina/currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers), Merl Code (Clemson), Mike Mennifield (St. John's), and Clarence Breazeale. While this year's team doesn't have the same caliber of stars Golden has established the team concept and it appears the Tigers will be one of the top teams to contend with once the playoffs get here.

Leading the way Friday night for Southside was Robbie Dreher with 19 points and Justin Edwards with 18. Carolina was lead by standout Marques Williams who is still being recruited heavily for basketball and football by various D1 schools with 8 points. Also leading the way for the Trojans were Macio Kirksey with 10, Ronnie Martin and Chris Teasley with 8 apiece.

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