By Josh Holland
For the Forsyth County News
North Forsyth led by a slim margin over South Forsyth during the first half of Friday’s game, but in the third quarter the Lady Raiders went on a scoring run led by Anna Gliatta, who scored eight points, six of which came from beyond the arc.
From there, North coasted to the final buzzer to win 59-47 at home.
After the game, North head coach Brad Kudlas explained how vital Gliatta’s performance was.
“Gliatta stepped up, had some good shots for us. That was the big thing that kind of wore them down a little bit.”
Both teams started the game fairly even, but North managed to hold a four-point advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders were able to penetrate effectively and either score layups or draw fouls.
Point guard Caroline Martin led this relentless attack off the dribble. She scored 10 points off of layups in the game, adding eight more on the free-throw line.
On the other side of the ball, North’s full-court press forced turnovers and kept the South offense from getting on track at any point during the game.
Kudlas explained that his choice to opt for the press was intended to raise the energy levels in his own player, not force turnovers.
“It was just trying to get our girls to play a little bit more motivated and get them going. It was more so to get us playing hard, to get us going the tempo we wanted.”
Turnovers plagued the War Eagles throughout the game and kept their offense grounded for the majority of the game.
Senior Ashley Breindl was the only South player to break into double figures, with 16 points.
South made other small mistakes that kept them from making an impression offensively, such as two five-second violations that killed their momentum.
Despite its mistakes, South was able to claw its way back into the game with and only trailed by four points with four minutes left in the game.
Another layup from Martin and a three put the Raiders out of reach.
The win was North’s first in the region after losing to West earlier in the week.
“That’s huge for us.” Kudlas emphasized. “That’s what’s important for the region tournament. We had a tough game on Tuesday. Good one to come back. They’re one of the top teams in the region, so we needed that one.”
North advanced to 8-2 (1-1 Region 5-7A) this season, while South picked up its first loss in the region and is now 9-4 (1-1 Region 5-7A) on the season.