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BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Central boys continue strong start
A recap of Forsyth high school basketball games from Tuesday night
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Forsyth County News

Forsyth Central boys basketball stayed perfect on the season with a 48-45 victory Tuesday against North Springs in the team’s Region 7-AAAAA, Div. A opener.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the region.

Senior Jeremiah Jones led Central with 17 points. Josiah Laws added 14 points and eight blocks while Eli Brown had 13 points.

Lassiter 67, West 59: The Wolverines couldn’t overcome a slow start in their non-region loss at home.

West (0-2) fell behind 20-3 after the first quarter and never recovered.

Nick Staiti led the Wolverines with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Jimmy Staiti added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Northview 64, North 44: The Raiders remained winless after a non-region game at home.

Rome Bailey and Chad Bureau led North (0-2) with 10 points each.

Wesleyan 47, Pinecrest Academy 40: Poor free throw shooting hurt the Paladins’ chances in a non-region loss on the road.

Nick Palmer led Pinecrest (0-3) with 15 points, but the Paladins shot just 6-of-15 from the free-throw line.

Sean Flanigan added seven points and four assists, Michael Bruckner had four points, seven rebounds and four blocks and Zayne Rice had six points and six rebounds. 

The Paladins return to action tonight against Dawson County at home. 


Forsyth Central 66, North Springs 13: The Lady Bulldogs (1-1) defeated the North Springs Lady Spartans (0-2) in basketball to earn their first win of the 2013-14 season.

Central was led by senior guard and co-captain Kayla Bennett, who scored 18 points. Senior forward Emma Kane chipped in with 15 points, and guard Anna-Nicole Moore, also a senior, netted 11 points.

The victory was a big one for Angela Hurt’s club, as the girls were able to rebound from a tough 62-36 loss in the season opener versus North Forsyth.

North Forsyth 79, Northview 28: The Lady Raiders defeated the Northview Lady Titans in a non-region game.

It was a well-rounded with for North (2-0), who received significant contributions from up and down its roster. Junior Caroline Bowns led the team in scoring once again with 17 points, and Lochlain Corliss (14), Morgan Grindle (13) and Allie Prater (10) scored in the double digits, as well.

Northview (0-1), using a young roster, was unable to generate any kind of offensive momentum. Sophomore Melissa Muench led the team in scoring with seven points. No senior recorded a point for the Lady Titans.

The Lady Raiders finished the second quarter with a strong lead and refused to let up, outscoring the Lady Titans 42-7 in the second half for an easy victory. 

Jefferson Academy 59, Pinecrest Academy 27: Pinecrest Academy (0-3) fell to the Jefferson Academy (2-0) on as the Lady Paladins’ early season struggles continued. 

Freshman Margaret Metz was Pinecrest’s leading scorer with seven points. Sophomore Tessa Stubbs recorded 10 rebounds, including five on offense.

The Lady Paladins hung tough in the first quarter, but it wouldn’t take long for the Lady Jaguars to pull away. Jefferson outscored Pinecrest 32-9 in the second and third quarters combined, creating a lead too big for Pinecrest to overcome.