The North Forsyth Lady Raiders may not have been happy with the way they played Wednesday night, but nonetheless preserved their undefeated record with a 48-32 victory over Lambert.
“It was nice to win, but that was ugly,” said point guard Lochlain Corliss. “We just weren’t clicking. On D our rotations weren’t right, we struggled on the offensive end and shots just weren’t falling.
“It was just an off night for us.”
Despite the fact that North (15-0) wasn’t at its best, the team never trailed and maintained a healthy lead for virtually the entire night. At the same time, though, the Lady Raiders are well aware that they have to return to form to continue the lengthy win streak—especially with a tough West Forsyth squad visiting Raider Arena on Friday.
“It was a very sloppy game,” said North head coach Eric Herrick. “We have a lot of stuff we have to work on. Yeah it was good to get the win, but at the same time you can’t be satisfied with the way we looked tonight.”
Corliss led the way for North, scoring 14 points, eight of which came in the first quarter. Her ability to create space and drive to the hoop without much adversity helped set the tone for the Lady Raiders, as did her staunch defense and variety of steals. On a night when most of the North’s best players weren’t at their sharpest, Corliss stepped up and took control.
And even though the talented point guard had a strong game, Herrick believes she can be even better.
“I would have liked to see her be even more aggressive, even more selfish” Herrick said. “She’s the one player on this team who wants the ball in her hands when the game is on the line … I would have liked to see her drive to the basket even more than she did tonight.”
Lambert (5-8), to its credit, kept matters close longer than many anticipated. The Lady Longhorns out-scored North in the second period (9-8) and matched North’s nine third quarter points.
However, Lambert was ultimately overwhelmed by the Lady Raiders’ pure skill. No Lady Longhorn scored double digit points—freshman Kara Kidwell led the team with seven.
While the Lady Raiders controlled the momentum for nearly the entire contest, they were out-matched in the paint more often than not. That’ll certainly be an area Herrick will have the girls work on in practice.
It wasn’t until Avery Scarbrough came alive and grabbed 12 rebounds in the final 16 minutes that North started tilting the battle down low in its favor.
“Every team has their bad games, and this was a bad game for us,” Corliss said.
“But a win is a win. 15-0—can’t ask for a better record than that.”