Jenna Staiti scored her 2,000th career point to lead the West Forsyth to a 64-49 home victory over Centennial on Friday, but the West Forsyth boys’ team could not make it a perfect night, dropping their contest 58-49.
The girls’ team (8-1, 7-0) jumped out to a quick 20-2 first quarter lead against Centennial (1-7, 1-4) behind their star center. Staiti entered the game just 14 points shy of hitting a career 2,000 point mark, something she was surprised to find out after the game.
“I didn’t know [I’d hit 2,000 points] until my coach told me right after the game,” Staiti said, “It feels really good. I am really excited.”
Most of Staiti’s 21 points came in the first quarter, finishing with 13 points, one shy of the mark. It was a pair of second quarter free throws that put her at number 2,000.
“It says a lot about where Jenna’s come as a basketball player,” West head coach David May said. “It says a lot about how hard she has worked on her game.”
West wasn’t flawless throughout. Centennial battled back in the second quarter where West struggled to keep the offense flowing while Staiti was on the bench. The Lady Knights started the quarter on a 6-3 run before Staiti reentered and righted the ship.
But the Lady Wolverines entered halftime with a 39-19 lead, and they never looked back.
“I thought we had some really good spurts where we played some really, really good basketball,” reflected May, “and I thought we had some bad spurts where we just weren’t focused.”
The second half featured a lot of action from the bench. As starters rotated in and out, the second unit filled in and sustained the big lead. The bench ended the night combining for 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the win.
On Staiti’s career night, she finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks. Kalie Schlegel added her own 10 points and eight rebounds.
For West’s boys team (2-6, 1-4), the offense stalled all night against Centennial (4-4, 4-1).
It became evident early in the game that the ball did not want to drop. Centennial got off to a quick 11-2 lead and held on for the entire game. West went into the half with only 13 points and never came within eight points of the Knights.
“We just couldn’t buy a shot,” West head coach Jake Dickey said. “We had some good ones go in and out, and they had some that went in.”
The second half saw an increase in offensive production, mostly coming from Joseph Fretas, who ended the game with a team-high 10 points. Isaiah Magee added his own nine points and two assists.
West made a push in the fourth quarter using their press defense, one of the only shining moments on the night. Dickey said he plans to use that as a building block going forward.
“We’re taking positive steps,” said Dickey. “It was a good positive step, and we will build off that.”