Despite playing far from their best, the West Forsyth Lady Wolverines gave Alpharetta a run for its money on Tuesday, falling 33-29 at home. West had a chance to send the game into overtime—gaining possession with just 6.8 seconds left in regulation—but were unable to convert on a last-ditch effort against the Lady Raiders (7-10, 3-4).
A foul shot with a little more than a second left on the clock sealed the deal for Alpharetta, who extended its winning streak to three games.
“We have to make our shots,” said head coach David May. That’s what it boiled down to there at the end. We had some good looks and couldn’t make anything.
“We had layups, we had shots, we had some open looks, we just didn’t make anything.”
West’s struggles from the field proved to be the deciding factor in this one. The Lady Wolverines didn’t make a field goal until 1:30 into the third quarter and had to rely on free throw shooting to keep the game within reach.
They fared well on the line, however, hitting nine of 11 free throws in the first half and 12 of 15 overall.
“But in the end, we didn’t have enough [free throws] to win the game,” May said.
Jenna Staiti, who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered on Dec. __, led West with 11 rebounds, 10 points and four steals.
She has a ways to go before returning to 100 percent health but showed improvement from Friday. She did get better as the game wore on, registering eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter.
“It’s just going to be a few weeks with her,” May said of Staiti. “She has to work her way back into it.”
Staiti’s presence was key in slowing down Alpharetta’s six-foot-four center Brittany Outlaw. Even with talented competition, Staiti held her ground in the paint and proved to be the lone dominating force down low.
Tuesday’s contest wrapped up a stretch of four games in five days for the Lady Wolverines. They’ll now have a chance to regroup before taking on Centennial on Friday.