NORCROSS – Season ending blues in The House of Blue.
Both the West Forsyth boys and girls basketball teams fell to Norcross on Saturday in 83-38 and 65-38 losses, respectively, in the first round of the Class 7A state tournament.
Both West teams qualify for the GHSA state tournament by finishing fourth in their region tournaments. Norcross’ boys and girls teams entered as region champions.
The West boys team going into their game had one game plan. Slow down the game, eat the clock, and keep the score low.
That plan wasn't even able to get off the ground.
“We turned the ball over too much,” West head coach Fredrick Hurt said.
Norcross guard Jordan Goldwire had four steals alone in the first quarter, which set up nine Blue Devil points. Norcross took a commanding 27-9 lead after the first quarter. Goldwire finished the game with 10 steals.
Nothing changed following the first quarter, as Rayshawn Hammonds exploited Norcross’s advantage in size for several amazing dunks. Hammonds finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
For the Lady Wolverines, the ending was the same.
The tone was set early for West as before the game even started they were charged with a technical because senior captain Abby Quincy was placed in the stat book. That error gave Norcross a 2-0 before tipoff.
After the technical, West struggled with early turnovers and missed shots. By the end of the first quarter Norcross had a 27-5 lead.
But the Lady Wolverines didn’t give up. When Norcross eased off the gas and began to make errors of their own, West capitalized.
Indeed, West went on to out-score Norcross 33-29 to pull within 14 points. After Quincy hit a 3, Norcross head coach Angie Hembree put her starters back in to the finish the game.
“Our girls have pride, I’m so proud at the fact they didn’t give up,” West head coach David May said. “Especially Abby, she finished stronger than ever.”
After missing 6 of her 8 first shots, Quincy found her rhythm, finishing with 20 points.