The South Forsyth Lady War Eagles defeated the Centennial Lady Knights on Tuesday, 89-74, in their first Region 6-AAAAAA game.
South (6-0, 1-0) started fast out of the gate and controlled the tempo for the majority of the contest, holding on to stay unbeaten.
Centennial (2-2, 0-1), down 19 points after three quarters, made an impressive comeback late in the game, going on a 17-4 run to kick off the final stanza. However, due to some ill-advised fouls and costly turnovers, the Lady Knights were unable to overcome a steep deficit and ultimately fell to .500 on the young season.
“We were fortunate to come out with a win,” said South head coach Keith Gravitt. “We let our lead dwindle there in the fourth. The girls played hard the whole game; that is the main thing. It’s a game we can learn from, and you like to get a win in the first region game.”
Sophomore Sarah Myers led the way for the Lady War Eagles, scoring a game-high 26 points—12 of which came in the fourth quarter. Her effort in the waning minutes of regulation was vital in sealing the victory when Centennial was building momentum.
“We played hard, and we started really well,” Myers said. “I’m really proud of my team. We got comfortable with our lead, but we came back strong and finished well.”
There were a lot of sloppy plays from both teams, which Gravitt attributes in part to the fast pace on the court. Still, South admits it has some rust left to shake off.
“We have a lot to work on,” said Myers. “We have to work on our ball-handling, knowing where everyone is on the court and communicating better. But we’re definitely figuring it out.”
Ally Welch had a strong showing for South as well, earning a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Shelby Threlkeld posted 10 first half points, and Kenyatta Storms had 15 in the second half—nine of which came on shots from beyond the arc.
“It was a team win, and it starts at practice,” Gravitt said. “Lots of our players stuck out and did some good things.”
Paige Elliot was Centennial’s best player on Tuesday, earning a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards. She gave South fits all night with her work in the paint—both on offense and defense—and kept the game without reach for the Lady Knights.
“I saw [Elliot] last year and during volleyball season, and we knew she is a very formidable post center, especially near the basket,” said Gravitt. “We didn’t do a very good job on her—she’s a really good player.”
The Lady War Eagles will return to action on Friday at 6 p.m. when they take on Lambert for their first county game of the year.