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Slow start dooms Central girls in loss to Creekview
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Forsyth Central senior Kirsten Lindstrom and the Lady Bulldogs sit on the bench during a timeout late in a 58-32 loss to Creekview on Friday at home. - photo by Brian Paglia

Little went right for Forsyth Central girls basketball in a 58-32 loss to Creekview on Friday in a Region 7-AAAAA, Div. A game at home.

The Lady Bulldogs (7-15, 3-8) struggled to compete against the Lady Grizzlies for the better part of three-and-a-half quarters. They were out-rebounded (32-24), committed more turnovers (15-8) and struggled to stop a hot-shooting Creekview team that made seven 3-pointers.

By the end of the first quarter, Central had more turnovers (six) than points (two). By halftime, the Lady Bulldogs trailed 34-10.

When Creekview’s Allison Luly made a transition lay-up mid-way through the third quarter, the Lady Grizzlies took their largest lead of the game 40-12.

"The first half we came out really slow," Central coach Angela Hurt said. "We came in [at halftime] and said this is not what we’ve been working to do against them. We looked like we were back on our heels offensively and defensively."

Hurt said she went into the locker room at halftime and gave Central specific goals to meet in the second half. She wanted the Lady Bulldogs to score 10-15 points each quarter and hold Creekview to 55 total points.

The Lady Bulldogs met the first goal, scoring 10 and 12 points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Shots started falling, and Central was more aggressive to the basket.

The Lady Bulldogs cut Creekview’s lead down to 18 on a pair of free throws by Julie Richards with 4:24 left in the game to make it 48-30.

And Central was 23 seconds away from meeting Hurt’s second goal.

"At halftime, I was pretty disgusted," Hurt said. "But at the end of the game, the fact that they kind of did turn it around and did make it a respectable game in the end – at least I was happy with their effort in the end."

Emma Kane led Central with 10 points to go along with five rebounds. Kayla Bennett added seven points, Richards had seven points and five rebounds and Peyton Ledford grabbed seven rebounds.