MARIETTA – Many tears were shed in the visiting locker room Saturday night as North Forsyth’s season came to an end following a 58-44 loss to Osborne on Saturday in the second round of the Class AAAAAA tournament.
“It was a hell of a run,” senior point guard Lochlain Corliss said.
The game started out well enough for the Lady Raiders. Senior shooting guard Caroline Bowns (17 points) came out hot, scoring the team’s first 10 points, as North took a 10-4 lead in the opening minutes.
Osborne’s saving grace in the first was the ability to get to the free-throw line. They went 4-for-7 and cut the lead to 12-10 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter went decidedly different for North. The Lady Raiders were held scoreless until sophomore Maddie Palmer hit a free throw with 3:50 remaining.
The one and only field-goal made by North in the second quarter was a three by junior point guard Morgan Grindle with 52 seconds left. It was a game of catch-up after that.
North coach Eric Herrick said Osborne’s athleticism gave his team the most trouble.
“They rebounded the heck out of the basketball,” Herrick said. “They have so many playmakers. They have three major Division I players. We struggled with their depth across the line. It’s easy to guard one or two, but it’s hard to guard when you got that many athletes out there. We just turned the ball over a little too much.”
Osborne and North traded baskets throughout the entire third quarter. Neither team was able to take control of the game.
North made their run early in the fourth, cutting the lead to three with 5:25 left in the game. Osborne answered with a 10-0 run, and there just wasn’t enough time left for North to make another comeback.
It was a disappointing end to a great season for North and great careers by Corliss and Bowns, both four-year starters.
"Four years ago, when we got here nobody really cared about North Forsyth basketball,” Bowns said. “Now we have people driving an hour and a half to come and watch us play one game.”
Yes, it was a surprisingly split crowd at Osborne. If there wasn’t a giant cardinal at center court, it would have been tough to distinguish who the home team was as there was an equal number of purple to red in the stands.
“Our team has changed the community, and I am beyond proud of that,” senior power forward Okwunne Ogbogu said.