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Basketball: Central teams split with Douglass
Lady Bulldogs earn first victory
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Forsyth County News

It wasn’t the kind of win Forsyth Central girls head coach Andy Martin wanted, but he’ll take the result.

With Central trailing 40-39 with 48.4 seconds left on the clock, the Lady Bulldogs’ Emma Kane knocked down two clutch free throws to give them the lead, and they held on to beat Douglass 44-40 in the consolation game on Tuesday at the War Eagle Classic at South.

"The last five minutes we showed a little bit of urgency that we didn’t show in the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter, that was good to see," Martin said. "A lot of teams get down [after giving up a lead] and will hang their head and won’t come back…

"It was good to see we could come back. ... I was pretty nervous, but the girls proved me wrong at the end. They got stops when they need them."

The Lady Bulldogs fell behind 34-29 to start the fourth quarter, but went on a 15-6 run to finish the game. Kane finished the game with 17 points to led the way for Central (1-1), while Alicia Franklin paced Douglass (0-2) with 15 points.

Central led 24-20 at the half, but only scored five points in the third quarter. The Bulldogs had a difficult time with the Astros’ full-court press, turning the ball over nine times in the quarter, but managed to break the press in the fourth quarter and drive to the basket.

"It’s a good win," Martin said. "We will take a win any way we can get it, and I told the girls we’ll look back at this [game] and remember that it was just a win, and not how we got it."

Douglass (boys) 59, Forsyth Central 46

T.J. Custer scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs fell short to Douglass in the consolation game at the War Eagle Classic.

"I got to put them in a better spot in order to be successful," Central boys head coach Greg Dirst said. "We need to do some different things, I guess.

"I thought our guys played pretty hard. We just didn’t make a lot of shots and had too many turnovers."

The Astros (1-1) pulled away midway through the third quarter when they went on an 11-3 run in a little over three minutes, forcing Central to call a timeout, but it didn’t help because they finished the quarter ahead 46-33.

Douglass’ Malik Musgrove carried the team, hitting 9 of 10 from the floor for 19 points, and teammate Damion Bendeh chipped in with 15.

The Bulldogs (0-2) ended the first quarter tied at 13 apiece, but couldn’t match the offensive success Douglass had in the second quarter, as the Astros went into the half ahead 29-23 and never trailed in the second half.

Both Central squads will host Johns Creek on Tuesday.