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Basketball: West girls rebound with win over Lambert
Molly Quincy
West Forsyth freshman Molly Quincy, left, lays the ball in over Lambert senior Anna Jackson during Friday's 80-25 win against the Longhorns. - photo by David Roberts

By Josh Holland

For the Forsyth County News

Reeling after three-straight losses, West Forsyth’s girls basketball team needed a complete win.

The Wolverines got one on Friday.

West started Friday’s game shooting lights out from everywhere against a struggling Lambert team, which was stifled by the Wolverines’ press.

Lambert continuously turned the ball over against the press, allowing West to score easy layups and quickly run up the score to 34-7 by the end of the first quarter. 

Behind its impressive first quarter, West bounced back from their loss against Central on Tuesday night to win 80-25. 

Kalie Thrower
West Forsyth sophomore Kalie Thrower, left, dribbles around Lambert junior Sam Tam during Friday's 80-25 win against the Longhorns. - photo by David Roberts
West head coach David May praised his team’s energy that boosted their quick start and led to the comfortable win.

“Everything is so much better when we have energy and we’re focused mentally, and I thought tonight we came out with a lot of energy,” May said. “I thought we had a really good focus on both ends of the floor. For us, it was just getting up in the passing lanes, creating a few turnovers, which leads to that energy, which helps us shoot the ball better.”

At halftime, West had eight 3-pointers and was able to rest key starters in the second quarter ahead of a busy end to the season, with the region tournament in the coming weeks. 

West continued to control the game in the second half as sophomore Calie Thrower found her rhythm in the third quarter and finished the game with 22 points, 12 of which were from three. 

In all, 12 different players scored for the Wolverines.

Lambert head coach Brian Moon put his side’s struggles down to a lack of experience against teams that play at a high intensity like West. 

“We just need experience,” Moon said. “We need to play against that (West) a lot to get better. As bad as we got beat, maybe we did some things that helped us get better.”

The Lambert girls are 7-13 this season and 2-6 in the region. West are now 18-5 this season and 6-2 in the region as they chase one of the top seeds in the region with two games to go.