By Josh Holland
For the Forsyth County News
In the opening stages of Tuesday's game, Lambert was able to hang with South, as the War Eagles hosted their rivals, but it didn’t take long for South to take control of every aspect of the game, winning 56-24 against a young Lambert side.
The teams were closely matched throughout the first quarter, and Lambert trailed by nine before the second half started, where South was able to outscore Lambert 21-5. Lambert was unable to keep pace with South’s high intensity on both sides of the ball for the rest of the game.
“The passers and catchers have to get on the same page, but we’re a young team we’re going to get better. I’m optimistic for the future.” Lambert girls basketball coach Brian Moon said. “Experience is important, so the more we play, the better we’re going to get. We may not play like some of these teams so we don’t see it in practice, so unfortunately to work against that stuff, we have to play games”
South stretched its lead even further in the second half by converting in transition and executing defensive pressure in the full and half court that visibly exhausted the Longhorns. The fourth quarter was closer as South had the opportunity to give some younger players playing time thanks to their large lead.
South’s win wasn’t due to any outstanding individual performances, but rather small contributions from the whole team. South Forsyth head coach, Keith Gravitt emphasized the importance of that facet of their display after the game.
“We want seven, eight, nine people contributing, whether its not just baskets, but there was a lot of assists,” Gravitt said. “There’s a lot of emotion on both sides of this game. I was real happy after we settled down and started playing well, making the extra passes to our teammates.”
South advanced to 9-3 on the season during its first region game, while Lambert fell to 3-7.