Riley Smith spent a chunk of his weekend dialing long distance.
North Forsyth’s senior point guard struck for 32 points, including 21 on seven three-pointers, and led the Raiders to a 60-48 victory over Dawson on Saturday at Dawson County High.
“Riley had that look warming up, and I knew he was ready to play,” North coach Bobby Pless said.
“He doesn’t show emotion one way or the other, but I could tell by his movements warming up [that] he would play well. It’ s good thing, because after two tough region games this week, we didn’t seem to have the bounce we needed from anyone else.”
North cruised out to a 55-31 lead entering the four quarter, but Pless said personnel mixtures and a lack of focus gave the Tigers an opportunity to capitalize with turnovers and three-pointers.
“... When you work to get a good lead, you want the team to take the attitude that the opponent has to work hard if they are going to score. We were a little easy defensively in that stretch,” the coach said.
“Our kids are learning a lesson at a time, and we have to put all we have learned into perfect execution with the last two weeks of the season and region tournament coming up.”
North Forsyth’s girls also found success, snapping an 11-game skid with a 56-35 victory over the Lady Tigers.
Both of North’s squads traveled to South Forsyth Tuesday (result not available) and return home to face North Gwinnett on Friday.
Varsity tipoff is set for 7 p.m.