Even short-handed, Lambert’s boys were able to hold off North Forsyth.
The Longhorns were without two starters due to injury and one to illness, but were able to knock off the Raiders 56-48 on Tuesday at Lambert High School and earn a Region 6B-AAAAAA win.
"We did not do a great job of closing out this game," Lambert head coach Scott Bracco said. "We could have been a lot smarter and should have protected the ball a little bit more [but] we got to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter a lot more.
"We were in grind mode today. We had three starters out, so we had other guys trying to fill roles. ... We just have to come out and improve over the next few days."
After falling behind 17-5 just over two minutes into the second quarter, the Raiders came alive. They went on a 16-6 run to trim the score to 23-21 at the half.
North (7-8, 0-5 region) didn’t go away in the third quarter. The Raiders’ Wade Allen drained a 3-pointer to give them a 24-23 lead, but Lambert tied the game at 27-27 with 4:28 left in the period. The Longhorns (9-5, 4-1) then used a 13-6 run to pull away and take a 40-33 lead in the final quarter.
Lambert stretched its advantage to 46-35 with 5:35 left in the game, but North fought back and brought the score within six with 1:59 remaining. However, the Raiders couldn’t cut the deficit anymore and fouled the Longhorns, who were 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the quarter, to seal the win.
Logan Bush finished the game with 14 points and Trevor Shipes added 10 for Lambert, while North’s Allen paced the team with 12.
"We just have such a hard time scoring," North head coach Brian Moon said. "We shot horrible from the free-throw line — missed seven. You got to make free throws against that team.
"I thought our guys played hard. We just got to be a little more consistent in what we do. We gave away a lot of possessions."
Senior guard Danny Edgeworth scored eight of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter and finished 8-of-12 from the field for the Longhorns.
"It’s a big one to bounce back from the loss to Alpharetta," Edgeworth said. "We had to come out and get that region win tonight. I got some open looks and some layups, so it wasn’t really that hard to put it in. I had some shots to bounce in, too."
Lambert will play at Centennial on Friday, while North travels to face West Forsyth on Friday.