North Forsyth 39, Lambert 32
North Forsyth 16 9 7 7_39
Lambert 8 11 11 2_32
North Forsyth: Bowns 13, Ogbogu 7, Jones 6, Corliss 4.
Lambert: Williams 7, Johnson 6, Kidwell 5, Cote 4.
North Forsyth’s girls basketball career scoring record had stood since 1998.
Kevia Elkins Brown set that mark with 1,333 points in a career that spanned the first four years of the school’s existence. She’s now a mother of three.
Caroline Bowns moved past Brown with a 3-pointer late in the first quarter of a 39-32 win at Lambert on Tuesday and finished the night with 1,343 points and counting. By the time Bowns is done in Coal Mountain, her final tally may well stand for two more decades.
“It’s incredible,” Bowns said. “It hadn’t really been a thought. I don’t think it’s really hit me yet. I’m honored, honestly, it’s an incredible feeling to have. It was nice to get it over with [early] so we could turn our focus to the game.”
Bowns began the night three points behind Brown and tied the record three minutes in to Tuesday night’s game by knocking down a 3-pointer from the wing. North’s bench stood in anticipation on each of the Lady Raiders’ possessions thereafter, and Bowns delivered with 1:17 to go in the first quarter.
North (6-0 overall, 2-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) head coach Eric Herrick called timeout as soon as Bowns’ shot went down to allow the traveling North contingent, including Brown, who was in attendance, to stand and applaud.
Herrick guessed Bowns had never scored fewer than four points in any of her 96 games for North. It was simply a matter of when, not if.
“Herrick told me it was coming and that he was going to call timeout once it happened,” Bowns said. “They weren’t going to stop the game otherwise.”
The Lady Raiders led 16-8 after one quarter, but Lambert (2-2, 0-2) held North to 23 points in the final 24 minutes.
Lambert opened the second half on a 10-3 run, and Molly Williams gave the Lady Longhorns a brief lead at 29-28 with 3:21 remaining in the third. It was Lambert’s first lead since the opening minute.
Bowns’ steal-and-layup put North back in front, 30-29, and the Lady Raiders’ ball-control offense in the fourth quarter helped limit Lambert to only two points in the final frame.
“Lambert did a really good job defensively against us,” Herrick said. “We got a ton of shots up but most of them weren’t clean looks. The zone extended far out and they basically said if you’re going to beat us, it’s going to have to be the post players. Right now we’re still developing that area.”
North went 6-for-24 from three-point range, which let Lambert stay in its zone defense. The Lady Raiders’ cold shooting also meant Herrick’s team couldn’t play its usual full-court press off of made baskets.
“We’re really good when the shots are falling,” Herrick said. “If we hit four or five more of those, it’s a 20-point game. Still, our effort’s got to be more consistent. We’ve got a good basketball team and a team that’s used to winning and used to finding a way to win. That’s going to come back and bite you if you don’t play all four quarters.”
Bowns finished with a game-high 13. Okwunne Ogbogu added seven points and nine rebounds and Amber Jones had six points. Lochlain Corliss finished well below her season average with four points, but the senior guard had five steals.
Williams led Lambert with seven points. Ashley Johnson finished with six, Kara Kidwell added five and Leah Cote had four points for the Lady Longhorns.
Next up for Lambert is a trip to Northview on Friday. North travels to West on Friday to take on Jenna Staiti and the Lady Wolverines in what should be a revealing early-season contest in Region 6-AAAAAA.