Maryland basketball signee Sarah Myers scored her 2,000th career point and six more to lead South Forsyth past Chattahoochee in a run away victory, 66-24, Monday at home.
Myers had 17 points in the first half, with the 15th—the milestone point—coming on a free throw after she was fouled while making a shot under the basket. After Myers knocked down the freebie the buzzer blared three times, signaling a stoppage in play, as she was mobbed by her teammates as mid-court. Turned out, she didn't know that freethrow would be the point.
“I knew I was close to it this game. I needed to score in the teens, but that's it,” Myers said. “I wasn't really keeping track or anything. But it means a lot. It's great to have one of my coaches here, a lot of my family here. Being around the Holidays too, it reminds me of just how blessed I am.”
Maryland assistant coach Terry Nooner was in attendance, along with Myers' extended family and a group of photographers for the occasion. She became the first 2,000-point scorer in school history.
The Lady War Eagles (8-1, 7-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) spent much of the first half turning defensive steals into easy points. The team finished with 22 steals in the contest and allowed just seven field goals.
Myers finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and five steals despite significant rest in the second half, while fellow senior K.K. Storms added five timely steals and four timely assists. Emily Dreslinski had 13 points and four assists.
“(Sarah) will be the first to tell you (her performances) have a lot to do with the players she gets to play with,” South head coach Keith Gravitt said. “She loves her team. The defense was getting after it, we got some early, easy baskets off our our defense, and that gets her started as well as the whole team. Sarah and so many of our girls work hard and put the time in. As a coach, you can't ask for more.”
“Defense, we always say, is going to start off our offense. Our defense is something we can control. We can't control our shots all of the time, but we can always control the defense,” Myers said.
Boys Basketball: Chattahoochee 55, South Forsyth 56
Santhosh Saravanan was in charge of throwing in the inbound pass under his own goal, down 55-53, with 13 seconds remaining. Much like the previous minute and a half of game time had gone for the War Eagles, Saravanan, a sophomore, made a mental mistake—a five-second violation. Chattahoochee went to the line with a chance to put the game out of reach, but instead missed, and Saravanan redeemed himself.
As the last two seconds ticked away, Saravanan caught the ball on the right wing, dribbled off a defender and heaved up one last shot that fell through as time expired, giving South (3-7, 2-5 Region 6-AAAAAA) a dramatic win over the Cougars.
It was just his ninth point of the game, but the biggest shot of his life.
“No, I've never hit a shot like that,” Saravanan said. “I mean, the only reason I could hit that shot was because of the assist from my teammate Joe Brandon. I'm just blessed to be able to hit a shot like that. It was a total team effort tonight.”
“That's a credit to Santhosh Saravanan. He made a mistake and it happens, but we were fortunate. They missed the front end of two one-and-ones, and sometimes you need a little luck,” South head coach Scott Givens said. “We took advantage of it. He just made a play. We were both out of timeouts, we knew we had to go quick, and Santhosh just made a play. It was a great way to make up for that.
“Our kids have been through a lot. A lot of people don't realize how much we've been through, so this was big for this program.”
Tyler Elliot led the War Eagles with 15 points, while Brandon finished with 10 and Bryan Cueller added 11. Chattahoochee was led by 17 points from Deshawn Roumou.