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Basketball: West girls shut down Gainesville, improve to 4-0
West Forsyth sophomore Audrey Anderson, right, protects the ball Tuesday during the Wolverines' 56-35 win against Gainesville. - photo by David Roberts

West Forsyth's girls basketball team had no issues with Gainesville on Tuesday night, as they took a dominating 56-35 victory to improve to 4-0 on the young season.

West Forsyth sophomore Calie Thrower, left, dribbles around a Gainesville defender Tuesday during the Wolverines' 56-35 win against Gainesville. - photo by David Roberts
Neither team could connect on a field goal over the game's first few minutes, but the Wolverines began to create some distance by the end of the first quarter, jumping out to a 15-5 lead entering the second frame after three buckets from Maggie Quincy and a 3-pointer from Cayla Cowart.

"They wanted to run a 1-3-1 and some full-court press, and I thought we did a really good job of breaking that stuff and being patient and getting the shots that we wanted to get," West girls basketball coach David May said.

West's defense was even more smothering in the minutes leading up to the halfway point. While the Wolverines doubled their score with the help of a 9-0 run, the Red Elephants could only manage a single field goal in the second quarter, leading to a 30-7 halftime score. Calie Thrower capped off a 7-0 run to start the third. Entering the fourth, West led by 35 points, and May opted to pull his starters.

"Defensively, we were really good the first three quarters," May said. "To have a 50-15 lead going into the fourth quarter against an athletic team like that, I thought that we did a really, really good job defensively in kind of dictating the shots that they took. That's the best three quarters of defensive basketball we've played in a while."

West's girls will travel to Franklin County High School on Saturday to compete at the GA/SC Border Wars, which continues into Tuesday.