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Basketball: West girls cruise past Lambert for bounceback win
West Forsyth sophomore Calie Thrower goes up for a layup against Lambert on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. - photo by David Almeda

West Forsyth’s girls basketball team jumped out to a sizable lead against Lambert and ultimately bounced back from a Saturday loss with a lopsided 63-22 victory on Tuesday.

The win puts the Wolverines at 17-2 overall, and they remain undefeated in the region at 5-0. Lambert dropped to 6-11 overall and 1-4 in Region 5-7A with the loss.

“I think we did a really good job defensively on them in the first half,” West girls coach David May said. “They struggled to score a little bit and struggled with pressure, and our girls did a really good job in pressuring and being in the right positions.”

West held the lead from the opening minutes of the first quarter and never gave it up. The Wolverines led 7-2 with 5:08 left in the period after a three from Calie Thrower, and from that point, they capitalized on their ball movement to create optimal shooting chances, with Thrower and Cayla Cowart leading their team on a run to make it 22-2 with 2:31 left in the first, and 29-5 entering the second.

Thrower ended her night with six 3-pointers and 24 points, while Cowart finished with 18.

“Offensively, I thought we did a really good job in getting shots that we wanted,” May said. “That's kind of one thing that we haven't been doing the last few weeks, is getting shots that we want and settling for some bad shots.”

West Forsyth sophomore Cayla Cowart drives into the lane with Lambert senior Anna Jackson guarding her on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. - photo by David Almeda

Lambert, meanwhile, was never able to get in any kind of rhythm offensively until West’s starters were pulled late in the second half. Briley Elder led the Longhorns with nine points, all of which came late in the game.

“They're super athletic, you know?” Lambert girls coach Brian Moon said. “They pressured us early and we didn't handle the ball very well — they got a lot of easy ones. They're strong athletes and drive it really good. They've got a nice team.”

For West, Tuesday was a welcome performance after an uninspired win over Milton last week and their subsequent loss to Roswell on Saturday. A game like Tuesday’s was a good opportunity to for the Wolverines to evaluate themselves, even if that’s always the goal.

“You want to take care of yourself first (in) any game,” May said. “I feel like if we take care of ourselves we're going to be able to compete with a lot of teams. I thought tonight we did a good job of getting back out and taking care of us.”