North Forsyth (girls) 45 — South Forsyth 36
North Forsyth’s girls hit just one 3-pointer, but it couldn’t have been at a more opportune time.
After going 0-for-13 from behind the arc as a team heading into the final period, Caroline Bowns’ 3-point basket with less than three minutes to go against South Forsyth provided not only the Lady Raiders’ first and only 3, but also their first lead since the first quarter.
That shot placed the Lady Raiders ahead 38-36, and the girls held on to defeat South 45-36 on Tuesday at the Eagles’ Nest.
“My message [at halftime] was keep shooting it, there’s no way we could keep shooting it this bad,” said North Forsyth head coach Eric Herrick, whose team extended its win streak to seven games. “But sure enough, we did.”
Despite hitting only 4 of 20 shots from the field heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Raiders (7-1, 2-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) found their stroke in the final period, going 4-for-9 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line.
Avery Scarbrough led North with 19 points, while Bowns scored 10 of her 16 in the fourth.
With the game tied 9-9 at the end of the first, South (4-2, 1-1) went on a run in the second quarter, sparked by Sarah Myers and Rachel Myers.
With South’s full-court press giving North troubles, Sarah Myers (13 points) took back-to-back turnovers from the Raiders and turned them into opportunities at the free-throw line, where she hit three of those four attempts. Rachel Myers (9 points) added her own basket off a turnover on the next possession.
A couple possessions later, Sarah Myers added two more free throws, extending the team’s lead to 16-9.
North’s only points in the quarter came from Scarbrough, who provided one field goal and two free throws.
The Lady Raiders trailed 25-13 heading into the third but began to chip away at the deficit, going on a 9-2 run to open the quarter as Scarbrough contributed five of those points.
Things kept going North’s way in the fourth quarter, as the Lady War Eagles committed five more turnovers while the Lady Raiders committed one.
“We’ve got to take care of the basketball ... and [North] capitalized on that [inability to do that] in the fourth quarter,” South head coach Keith Gravitt said. “We’ve got to make lay-ups [too], we had a lot of opportunities with good shots in the fourth quarter.”
Herrick said he was proud of his team’s resiliency, noting his players could come together and win roughly 24 hours after the death of North Forsyth High student Kyle Alan Robins.
Robins died in a car accident Monday afternoon on Hendrix Road near Hwy. 369, close to North Forsyth High. The two teams held a moment of silence prior to the game.
“[This game] just reveals our character right there,” Herrick said. “It’s a very somber day at our school today. It’s hard to get excited about playing a basketball game.
“When you think about the families who have lost, it’s just hard to get up for this one, but our kids are high-character kids. They play with a lot of pride.”
North returns home to face Alpharetta on Friday, while South travels to West Forsyth for another county rivalry matchup with the Wolverines.
South Forsyth (boys) 57, North Forsyth 34
Douglas Cotter snapped South Forsyth’s boys out of their funk.
The senior forward scored his team’s first six points and finished with a game-high 28, leading South to a 57-34 victory over county rival North Forsyth on Tuesday at the Eagles’ Nest.
The win came on the heels of back-to-back blowout losses to Lambert on Friday and Grayson on Saturday. It gave the War Eagles (3-2, 1-1 Region 6-AAAAAA) their first region victory of the season.
“[Kotter is] a very good basketball player; it’s not a big secret that he’s our best player,” South head coach Manson Hill said. “We need him to do that and he’s been reacting really well to that, so I was very happy with him.”
While South got strong performances from Cotter — 11-for-16 from the field, 3-for-4 on 3-pointers and 3-for-5 at the free-throw line — and Greer Landry (10 points), the Raiders (3-5, 0-2) had trouble finding someone to carry the offense. No North player finished the game in double digits.
“We just had a hard time scoring the ball,” North head coach Brian Moon said. “That’s where we are right now, and we multiplied that by not playing very well defensively.”
The Raiders were outscored 14-3 in the second quarter. While they were able to put 14 on the board in the third, the War Eagles answered with 19, including 11 from Cotter, who knocked down a 3 to beat the buzzer at the end of the period.
“I was happy with a lot of things that our team did today,” Hill said. “We showed a lot of growth. We’re getting better.”
North returns home to face Alpharetta on Friday, while South travels to West Forsyth for another rivalry matchup with the Wolverines.