North Forsyth 75, Creekview 43
Creekview 8 14 13 8_43
North Forsyth 14 13 26 22_75
Creekview—Ray 11, Luly 9, Kasha 8, Hughes 6.
North Forsyth—Corliss 26, Bowns 14, Grindle 10, Jones 6, Bartlett 5, Pefanis 5.
North Forsyth spent much of the first two quarters camped out in Creekview’s half, trying to find a way through the Lady Grizzlies’ packed-in zone defense. The Lady Raiders would shoot, miss, force a Creekview turnover, and start all over again. Somehow, North only led by five points at halftime.
Then, for reasons unbeknownst to Lady Raiders coach Eric Herrick, Creekview played man-to-man defense to open the second half. North took full advantage.
Lochlain Corliss scored a game-high 26 and Caroline Bowns finished with 14, all in the third quarter, as the host Lady Raiders outscored Creekview by 27 in the second half en route to a 75-43 win on Monday night at the Causey Orthodontics Raider Classic.
The win moved North (3-0) into the championship game for the second straight season where the Raiders will face Sequoyah at 6:30 p.m.
“I give their zone credit in the first half. It wasn’t a traditional 2-3 and it confused us a little,” Herrick said. “It clogged up our penetration and took a little adjusting. You say that, but if the shots are falling it’s a different story.”
Corliss carried North in the first half with 17 of the Lady Raiders’ 27 points. Bowns went scoreless, even as the Lady Grizzlies turned the ball over 11 times. If not for Amber Jones’ corner 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, North would’ve led by one possession, though it felt as if the Lady Raiders should’ve run away with the game already.
Bowns finally got going in the third quarter. The senior guard tallied 12 of the Lady Raiders’ first 15 points of the second half as North went on a 21-8 run to open the third quarter and blow the game open.
“It wasn’t a question of Caroline getting shots, she just had to make them,” Herrick said. “A kid like that, the points are going to come. You just can’t get down on yourself and she didn’t.”
Herrick watched Creekview play on Saturday and thought his athletic group would be able to pressure the Lady Grizzlies into mistakes and turnovers, and he was right. Creekview turned it over 23 times, even as North’s starters rested for the entire fourth quarter.
“Our pressure got to them in the second half,” Herrick said. “We turned them over quite a bit, and we actually started making shots. If you stay at it long enough, you’ll start to wear people down.”