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Girls Lacrosse: Trio of scorers leads North past Central
Wallace teams with Pankow, Grove to produce 15 goals
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North Forsyths Sallie Wallace, center, scores a goal while guarded by Forsyth Centrals Lyndsay Kirby (11) and Brooke McConnell on Friday at Central. - photo by Jared Putnam

North Forsyth’s girls scored almost at will against Forsyth Central.

The trio of Sallie Wallace (6), Sam Pankow (5) and Stephanie Grove (4) combined for 15 goals as the Lady Raiders took care of the Lady Bulldogs 21-6 on Friday at Central.

"I just really wanted it and worked hard for it," Wallace said. "I’ve worked really hard for four years to get to where I am now.

"Tonight was definitely a blessing. I didn’t count on getting so many goals, but I got them in. It’s definitely a good thing, especially since it was a county game. It’s really going to help our morale for our upcoming games. … We just really wanted it today."

The Lady Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first with an assist from Ryann Miller to Kate Zelaya just 16 seconds into the game, but that was the last time they led.

One minute later, Genna Pankow scored her first of two goals to tie the game and Sam Pankow gave North a 2-1 lead after a quick scoring drive.

North then went on an 11-3 run to end the first half ahead 13-4.

"I feel like our girls just really hustled," North head coach Jill Short said. "We have a strong group of seniors and we wanted this win. …They knew that if we could [score early], I could get some of our newer players in.

"I think it was just a lot of great hustle [and] teamwork."

The second half wasn’t much better for Central as the Lady Raiders continued to find holes in the defense and took quality shot attempts around the goal.

North’s Savannah Robar scored three goals, while teammate Lauren Haley added one. Brooke McConnell and Kate Zelaya led Central with two goals apiece.

Although the Lady Bulldogs (2-1) are in their first varsity season and have had only a few girls play in the club league, head coach Samantha Bradley is encouraged by how much her team has learned.

"I think we need to play our game and continue to grow like we did last season," Bradley said. "I think we’re definitely playing at lot more like a team, which is important, and we have some great players that are producing great talent."

"We’re still a brand new team. … I’m very lucky to have a wonderful group of girls, and they do anything and everything that I ask."

The Lady Raiders will travel to Centennial on Monday at 5:30 p.m., while Central will host River Ridge at 6 p.m.