The Lambert girls never could find their stroke in the second half.
While the Lady Longhorns just trailed 21-16 at halftime, the team was held to four points in the second half as the Lady Wolverines notched a 43-20 win Tuesday at West Forsyth High School.
Maddie O’Connor (13), Mary Henner (12) and Jenna Staiti (12) combined for 37 points and 86 percent of the Lady Wolverines’ scoring.
“It was awesome,” Staiti said. “…It was cool to dominate like that. We knew we could beat [West] and we wanted to win. We’re just working hard to get better.”
West (1-4, 1-1 Region 6B-AAAAAA) led 17-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Lambert used an 8-2 run to trim the lead to 19-16 before Hannah Crowe knocked down a jumper with under a minute left to give West a five-point advantage at the half.
The Lady Wolverines’ defensive pressure forced Lambert (2-5, 0-2) into seven turnovers in the third period and allowed just one point — a free throw by Kelsey Morkem — to give West a 33-17 lead at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter was much of the same, as West outscored Lambert 22-4 in the second half and held the team to 17 percent shooting on the night. Ellie Hammer led Lambert with seven points.
“It’s been the story of our season the way we’ve played,” Lambert head coach Seth Thompson said. “…We haven’t put together a whole game all year. I’m really frustrated, but we’re going to get it; we’re going to get better.
“I’ve got a lot of young kids playing. We’ve got to figure out who to play, and we’re still working on that. [West] did a great job with ball pressure. Our kids just weren’t in sync tonight. We’ll figure it out though.”
The win gave head coach David May his first victory at West.
“It feels good,” May said. “It is what it is. We’ve been preparing every day to win basketball games. We’ve had a tough schedule and I think that helped us coming into a game like this. It’s more about feeling good for the kids and wanting them to win.
“In the second half, we did a lot better job executing offensively, taking care of the ball and getting them into the half-court defense,” May said. “Defensively, we were great. We were really, really good in the second half defensively.”
West will play host to South Forsyth on Friday, while Lambert will play Johns Creek on Friday at home.