The West Forsyth girls basketball team has faced a heap of obstacles and setbacks this season, as the Wolverines’ overwhelmingly young team has taken its lumps from
an otherwise experienced region.
There has been injury, like the loss of point guard Nicole Toole for the season with a concussion, and illness, like the flu virus that head coach David May caught right before the region tournament, which kept him home for the Wolverines’ game against Forsyth Central at South Forsyth on Tuesday.
West persevered, though. Assistant coach Steve Barnes, the boys head coach at Central for 14 years, took the coaching helm, and Maggie Quincy, who had missed multiple weeks during the season due to injury, scored 17 points to lead West to a 30-29 win, putting the Wolverines in the state playoffs.
Quincy drove most of West’s offense, frequently winding through the Bulldogs’ defense to get to the rack, but it was freshman Haylee Dornan who scored the decisive basket, cutting through the transition defense after a Central missed free throw to put a layup in with just over 10 seconds to play.
Bulldogs can’t get a shot off. FINAL: West Forsyth girls 30, Central 29, and the Wolverines are headed to the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/74FR4AoX2e— Ian Frazer (@ianmcfrazer) February 7, 2018
Those would be the last points of the game, as Central couldn’t get a clean look before the buzzer.
The Wolverines might not have close to this competitive of a game the rest of the season, as they’re set to face North Forsyth, who’s 10-0 in the region, in their next tournament game and will likely face a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.
But with as much as West has fought through this year, the significance of Tuesday’s win will endure for Barnes and the rest of the team.
“Bring it on,” Barnes said. “It’s kind of like icing now.”