Any thoughts of a letdown for the South Forsyth girls after Tuesday’s big win over North went by the wayside in five minutes on Friday evening at Lambert.
KK Storms’ 3-pointer, bookended on either side by threes from Sarah Myers, gave the Lady War Eagles a 16-point lead at the midway point of the first quarter and, well, job done. That lead stretched to 20 by halftime and to 31 early in the third quarter as South cruised to a 67-41 win over their close rivals.
"We wanted our mindset to be, don’t come out flat," South coach Keith Gravitt said.
Myers led all scorers with 21 despite sitting out the final 10 minutes. Mari Jonassen—who South (14-2 overall, 9-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) coaches have been urging to be more aggressive in looking for her shot—had 10 points, including eight in a row during a 12-3 South run to open the second half. Storms and Shelby Threlkeld added nine and eight, respectively.
ME Craven was the only Lady Longhorn in double figures with 15. Molly Williams added nine for Lambert.
Made shots typically lead to more made shots for South because of its full-court press, which forced nine Lambert (8-9, 3-7) turnovers in the first quarter and gave the Lady War Eagles open look after open look.
"That was one of the things we talked about before the game," Gravitt said. "[Tonight was] another big rivalry game inside the county, which you’ve got to be ready for. We tried to come out as fast as we could and be aggressive to create some easy shots. Not to mention we hit most of those shots."
Caroline Diem’s 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer put South up 25-8 and all but assured there would be no upset, and that the Lady War Eagles would earn a regular season sweep in the Battle of Old Atlanta Road.
South Forsyth girls 67, Lambert 41
South Forsyth 25 14 18 10_67
Lambert 8 11 9 13_41
South Forsyth: Myers 21, Jonassen 10, Storms 9, Threlkeld 8, Poff 6, Welch 6, Diem 5, Clark 2.
Lambert: Craven 15, Williams 9, Johnson 4, Russell 4, Wilson 3, Cote 2, Kidwell 2, Baker 1, Clarke 1.