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Basketball: Lambert boys dispatch Forsyth Central, get back on track in region
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Lambert’s Austin Deckard, right, blocks a shot by Forsyth Central’s Dominic Patterson in the teams’ game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. /// Photo by Brad Bretz

By Mackenzie Bates

For the Forsyth County News

Lambert’s boys’ basketball team put Tuesday night’s 85-81 loss against West Forsyth behind them quickly.

The Longhorns outscored Forsyth Central 31-15 in the second quarter as part of an 82-58 victory over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night.  

Coach Scott Bracco gave a lot of credit for his team’s energy on both sides of the ball.

“I was extremely proud of our effort,” Bracco said.  “Our guys did great in the passing lanes, and we had a number of deflections and steals which led to transition baskets.”

Lambert (16-5) held a 5-point advantage after the first quarter.  The lead ballooned to 23 four minutes in to the second quarter on a Ryan Barthel 3-point basket.  

“They are so quick to the ball,” Bulldogs coach Greg Dirst said.  “We made poor decisions against the press, and there was a time when we didn’t get the ball over halfcourt for four of five possessions. And since they shoot the ball extremely well, they made us pay for those mistakes.”

After a few possessions in the third quarter, Central (6-15) pushed the momentum back in their favor. Field goals by Kevin Neubrecht and a dunk by Gray Bowline cut the lead to 17.  Bracco called a timeout to rally his squad. They responded with a 20-5 fun to the end the period.

“We were not as focused in the third quarter like we were in the first half,” Bracco said. “So after the timeout, we started moving the ball well and playing better defense.”

Said Dirst: “We got some stops and they only had three points after three and a half minutes.  But then they just turned it right back on.”

The Longhorn combination of Jordan McElwain and Damon Stoudamire combined for 35 points with 19 and 16, respectively.

Mitch Ganote chipped in with 13 points.

Neubrecht led the way for Central with 14 points. Dominic Patterson had nine for the Bulldogs.

Lambert girls 59, Central 24

Jaleah Greene scored 16 points and Summer Edwards added 11 as Lambert’s girls defeated Forsyth Central 59-24 in game one.  

The Longhorns (13-8) hit 25-of-46 field goals, or 54 percent from field.  

Coach Jaime Fisher was proud of her team’s offensive output.

“We did a good job with our shot selection in that we were patient and taking good shots when we were in the flow of our offense,” Fisher said. “We were fortunate to be able to get some steals and make some high-percentage scores.”

After trading baskets to start the game, Lambert went on a 15-0 run, highlighted by a 3-point bucket Reagan Pasonski. Central’s (9-13) next field goal did not come until midway through the second quarter on a Sophie Kurtz triple.

Greene did most of her damage in the first half scoring 10 points with getting inside for layups and scoring on her mid-range jumper. 

“She’s been coming along,” Fisher said. “She’s a been force inside for us all season.”

After the game, Hurt had high praise for the senior.

“Jaleah is super great athlete and a great scorer,” Hurt said. “Right now, we don’t have somebody who can match up with her and go one-for-one guarding her or on the opportunity to score on the other end like she does.”

Gina Fishler and Tesa Ajorbjor each scored six points to pace Central.