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Basketball: Central girls hold off South for second region victory
Tese Ajorgbor
Forsyth Central's Tese Ajorgbor dribbles the ball against South Forsyth on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. - photo by David Roberts

South Forsyth’s girls basketball team played a competitive matchup with Forsyth Central on Friday night and had a good chance at a comeback win, but in the end, the Bulldogs did enough to hold the War Eagles off, taking a 65-55 victory.

Central improves to 12-5 overall and 2-1 in Region 5-7A play with the win. South dropped to 13-6 overall and 1-3 in the region.

“All around, it was just a really good team win,” Central girls coach Angela Hurt said. “As I told them, there was just so many good things that I saw go on. Tese (Ajorgbor) having 10 points and 10 rebounds, that's huge.”

Early on, South’s Ashley Breindl, Sophie Rosin and Sharon Tolliver were big factors in the first half, with Rosin knotting the game up at 19-19 with 5:23 left in the first quarter. Central’s Aisha Dabo helped keep the Bulldogs in it, though, with the War Eagles leading 32-26 at the halfway mark.

At the start of the second half, Central began to take control, with Dabo, Carson Cloud and Jillian Bretz propelling the Bulldogs to a 43-35 edge. South could only muster right points in the third period.

“We missed some people that were open,” South girls coach Keith Gravitt said. “They made adjustments over halftime to our offense, and so we had to change what we were doing. When we did, we started to get some great looks at the basket but we just didn't transition to our offensive adjustment soon enough and wound up having some empty possessions there early in the third quarter.”

The War Eagles found their stride early in the final quarter, however. Clara Morris, Ryane Williams and Ava McGlockton powered South to a run that peaked when Breindl hit a three to pull her team to within one at 55-54 with three minutes to play.

Maggie Thompson
South Forsyth's Maggie Thompson passes the ball against Forsyth Central on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. - photo by David Roberts

Central had to sit Dabo for four minutes late due to foul trouble, but she came back in to help the Bulldogs create a cushion. But as Hurt noted, Dabo didn’t do all the work, and that kind of team play will bode well as Central enters the meat of its region schedule.

“It wasn't just her,” Hurt said. “She could have done all of that but we couldn't have won without everybody else doing what they did tonight.

“I feel good about where we are,” Hurt said. “We went through the Holidays having the flu and being really sick, and the last three games, I've really seen us kind of come back and come back stronger and stronger. I feel like each game, and especially games like this, it just helps our confidence.”