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Basketball: Corliss leads North girls past Lambert
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North Forsyth guard Lochlain Corliss drives around Lamberts Ashley Johnson on Thursday at Raider Arena. - photo by Jared Putnam

Lochlain Corliss often makes her biggest impact on basketball games in ways that never show up on a stat sheet.

The sophomore guard reminded everyone on Thursday that she’s also capable of stepping into the spotlight when that’s needed.

Corliss scored 12 of North Forsyth’s 15 points in the second quarter and finished with a game-high 19, leading the Lady Raiders to a 48-33 victory over Lambert at Raider Arena.

Corliss hit four 3-pointers in the game, including three in the second quarter. Coupled with stingy team defense, her offensive burst before halftime allowed North (20-3, 12-2 Region 6B-AAAAAA) to take a comfortable 30-12 lead into the third quarter.

"I think I’ve always kind of had [a capable 3-point shot] but I’ve never really let it show because Caroline [Bowns] and Kim [Blake] are outstanding 3-point shooters," Corliss said. "... I usually leave that up to them and I do the driving [to the basket].

"If I had the open shot tonight I thought I’d take it. It seemed to work pretty well."

North went 11-for-24 from 3-point range overall as Corliss, Blake (15 points) and Bowns (10) accounted for 44 of the team’s 48 points. Lambert (8-13, 3-8) held Lady Raiders center Avery Scarbrough to the remaining four points.

"Tonight I think a lot of our offense was created by our defense," North head coach Eric Herrick said. "Lambert is a good defensive team, they pack it in and really make you make shots.

"Luckily Kim and Lochlain did make shots tonight because [Lambert] definitely made it hard on Avery. Our defense just created a lot of turnovers and a lot of easy shot opportunities through the first three quarters."

North made scoring even more difficult for the Lady Longhorns, who saw the bulk of their points come from Morgan Jackson (15) and Peyton Card (11). Lambert was limited to seven points or less in each of the first three quarters and shot only 25 percent from the floor for the game.

The Lady Raiders’ lead grew to 24 points before Lambert narrowed the gap in the final period.

"I think they’re the best defensive team in the region," Lambert head coach Seth Thompson said of North. "I’m proud of our girls for competing. They handled us pretty good in that first half."