2013-14 Girls Basketball Preview: South Side Lady Archers (VIDEO)

By Dean Pantazi - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - South Side High School's girl basketball team enters the 2013-14 season from uncharted territory from a year ago.

The Lady Archers were 4A state runners-up, the best finish in program history.

Head coach Juanita Goodwell went to two key starters from the state finals run--forward Brittni Clopton and guard Lakyn Gulley--charging them to try and get South Side back there one more time.

"They understand the tradition," Goodwell says. "They understand what we've been working on the last several years. To be able to do what we did last season just from the work itself, they have that ethic. They want to perform, and accomplish just as much."

Despite key losses to graduation, Clopton and Gulley are two of six players returning to the Archers' lineup. Both understand South Side girls basketball has become their program.

"We have to really assimilate everyone to get on the same level, and to understand the goal at the end of the day," Clopton says.

"We've got some good shooters this year," Gulley adds. "We have to push the ball more, and look for our bigs a lot more this year."

The quest to return to state will be challenging, and starts early for the Lady Archers. South Side will see their fair share of state-ranked powerhouses throughout the year: Penn, Westfield, Homestead and SAC rival Snider.

All good tests for a South Side team itching to get back to Indianapolis.

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