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Basketball: North Forsyth stymies Central, pushes winning streak to 10
Ansley Allen
North Forsyth senior Ansley Allen, right, brings the ball up the court Tuesday during the Raiders' 52-34 win against Forsyth Central. Photo by Ben Hendren

North Forsyth set a school record last week with 19 made 3-pointers against Milton.

Against Northview earlier this season, the Raiders scored 102 points in a rout, the most in a single game in program history. 

All of that is fine, but North Forsyth head coach Brad Kudlas knows if the Raiders are going to mount another deep run into the playoffs, they better play tight defense.

Challenge accepted.

North smothered Forsyth Central in a 52-34 win Tuesday, holding the Bulldogs to their second-lowest point total of the season and allowing just one player into double figures.

"I've been challenging the girls all year defensively," Kudlas said. "Defense is the key to everything; that's what drives everything and that's what we're all about. We've been looking at what some of them have been doing — some of them have been scoring a lot of points here and there. I always challenge them. That's one way to score for our team: If you've got players averaging 20-something points per game and you hold them to 10, that's like you scoring 10 points for us."

Senior Ansley Allen scored a game-high 16 points, adding eight rebounds, while senior Caroline Martin finished with 15 points and senior McCall Thomas added 12 points.

Elizabeth Pruitt
Forsyth Central junior Elizabeth Pruitt, right, defends against North Forsyth senior Vekondja Ogbogu during Tuesday's 52-34 loss to the Raiders. Photo by Ben Hendren
North (18-2, 4-1 Region 5-7A) scored the first six points of the game and 12 of the first 15. Aside from their five 3-pointers, the Bulldogs hit on just five field goals and struggled to find a rhythm. 

Junior Elizabeth Pruitt led Central with 10 points, including one 3-pointer, while pulling down five rebounds.

Sophomore Jillian Bretz had eight points and a couple of timely threes. Her first came just before halftime, a last-second heave that made it a one-possession game heading into the break, 19-16.

She knocked down another with 3:32 left in the fourth quarter that made it 41-32, but the Raiders scored 11 of the final 13 points — with nine coming at the free-throw line — to pull away.

North scored nearly half of its points from the free-throw line, reaching the charity stripe 33 times.

"We hit a couple and, really, it was an off shooting night," Kudlas said. "We ended up at the foul line 25 of 33, so that's, what, 76 percent? That's where it paid off. We weren't hitting the shots, and they did a good job taking some of that away from us, so we'll have to work on that and get ready for next time." 

North is scheduled for a rematch with West Forsyth at 6 p.m. Friday, while Central will try to bounce back at 6 p.m. Friday against Milton.