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Basketball: South Forsyth girls dispatch Milton, advance in region tournament
War Eagles secure second straight state playoff appearance
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Zoe Maisel had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and the South Forsyth girls basketball team cruised to a 80-25 victory against Milton on Tuesday at home in the opening round of the Region 5-7A tournament.

The third-seeded War Eagles (16-10) advance to play No. 2 Lambert on Wednesday for the chance to play in Friday’s region championship game.

South asserted itself from the start, taking a 24-7 lead after the first quarter, and senior forward Sara Idris was particularly impactful. The North Florida signee had 10 points by the end of the quarter and 15 by halftime. She also grabbed eight rebounds.

Then Maisel, the team’s other senior leader in the post, came alive in the second half, scoring 12 of her 18 points. Ryane Williams added eight points, while Ashley Breindl had seven points with nine rebounds and Olivia Woodson scored seven points.

It was a thorough performance by South all around. Its pressure defense caused most of Milton’s 24 turnovers. The War Eagles had 11 different players score and had 14 assists as a team.

They now face a Lambert team they lost to twice during the regular season.

“Making the state playoffs was one of our goals, so it’s good to know that we accomplished something,” Idris said. “But we can’t get too excited about this win, because we have a big game tomorrow.”