By McClain Baxley
For the Forsyth County News
It wasn’t the effort that head coach David May wanted from his team, but West Forsyth’s girls basketball team was able to overcome a sloppy performance Friday against Milton to improve to 4-0 in region play with a 41-21 win.
West came out loose and wasn’t playing with the same efficiency that had led them to a 15-1 record. But because of the level of competition, the Wolverines were able to shoot out to a 12-2 lead early against the winless Eagles.
At the end of the first quarter, West maintained a 14-5 lead, but May wasn’t satisfied.
“Effort was horrible,” he said. “I thought our focus was pretty poor. I thought our execution was poor.”
The lackadaisical performance continued in the second quarter, with back-to-back turnovers for West. May called a timeout to talk it over.
They responded with a possession that lasted a minute and a half and ended with sophomore Kalie Thrower draining a three.
West’s dominance that it had showcased at different times in the season didn’t show up in Friday night’s victory, May said.
After the buzzer went off for halftime, the team stayed on the bench before heading to the locker room with a 19-7 lead.
Sophomore Calie Thrower made up 11 of the first-half points.
“To me, it’s not really about looking at the scoreboard and saying, ‘Oh, we’re only up this many points’, but just how we play on the floor,” May said. “We just weren’t focused on any aspect. There really was nothing at halftime we could hang our hat on.”
Thrower, Cayla Cowart and Maggie Quincy came out determined in the second half. They forced turnovers, were hitting every shot and pressed Milton.
The Eagles had no answers on the few offensive possessions they were able to muster.
Senior Allie Jackson also stepped up in the third quarter, taking a charge and making two shots.
As a team, West finished with 16 third-quarter points, which was good enough to put the visitors away.
The fourth quarter went by quickly, with the starters being pulled with three minutes to go as West improved to 16-1 on the season.
While May wasn’t pleased with the showing of his girls, he was hopeful that they’ll be able to show up Saturday against Roswell and next week as region play continues.
“You’re never as good as your best win and you’re never as bad as your worst loss,” he said. “Even though we won tonight, this was probably the worst game we played this year. We know we’re not that bad, but we can’t let that creep in and let today affect tomorrow.”