South Forsyth’s girls needed this one.
After dropping consecutive games to county and region rivals, the Lady War Eagles bounced back with a 63-48 victory over Centennial on Tuesday at the Eagles’ Nest.
Freshman guard Sarah Myers poured in 25 points as South (15-6, 6-5 Region 6-AAAAAA) pulled back above .500 in region play.
"Before the game we told the girls that it was about rebounding, and not about rebounding a basketball but rebounding from the last two games," South head coach Keith Gravitt said.
"We had to come out and start fast and [we] did that. I’m real proud of the energy level that [our girls] brought to the game."
South’s fast start translated into a 9-1 advantage less than four minutes into the opening quarter.
The Lady War Eagles held Centennial without a field goal until the final three seconds of the first period and entered the second quarter ahead 17-9.
After scoring five points in the opening quarter, Myers scored South’s first seven points of the second period.
K.K. Storms kept the momentum in the Lady War Eagles’ corner going into halftime by driving the lane and hitting a layup at the buzzer to extend the lead to 33-16.
The Lady War Eagles extended their lead as high as 24 points in the third quarter, but Centennial rallied later in the second half and cut the score to 12 at one point.
"I do think we got a little bit tired late in the game ... but Centennial is a very good team. There’s a reason they are the third-ranked team in our region," Gravitt said.
"We could have laid down after the last two games, it would have been easy ... but the girls came and got after it tonight. We made some shots early."
Rachel Myers added 11 points for South, while Bri Perry and Page Elliott scored 12 apiece for Centennial.
Centennial (boys) 64, South Forsyth 46
For one quarter, South Forsyth’s boys denied the Centennial Knights the 3-pointers that they’ve lived by this season.
Eventually, however, the Knights found an X-factor.
Xavier Jackson erased an early 14-8 deficit by hitting four of the Knights’ six 3-pointers in the first half and led his team to a 64-46 victory over the War Eagles on Tuesday at the Eagles’ Nest.
Jackson scored a game-high 18 points in less than three full quarters of work as the Knights (13-8, 9-3 Region 6-AAAAAA) nursed their lead above 20 points before the end of the third period and kept it there the majority of the final quarter.
Jack Armstrong led South (2-9 region) with 15 points, while Thomas McLellan added 10.