West Forsyth head coach David May knows what his team is capable of on the basketball court. He sees it in practice multiple times a week. He feels it in the locker room.
The potential just hadn’t fully translated to games. Not until Friday night.
On Friday night the Lady Wolverines (13-7, 6-4) clicked. They controlled the tempo from start to finish, suffocating South Forsyth (18-3, 8-2) on defense and scoring with ease, pummeling the Lady War Eagles, 56-37, in what was arguably West’s most complete victory of 2013-14.
"Finally we put a game together like we practice," said May. "We practice like that all year, and our girls have worked so hard. We said, ‘We practice so hard and so well, and eventually we’re going to put that together.’"
Jenna Staiti put together a dominating performance on her own, scoring a game-high 34 points. That’s 60.7 percent of West’s offensive output and more than a third of all points scored for both teams combined.
Additionally, Staiti hauled in 23 rebounds, almost twice as many as South’s entire roster. Her dominance in the paint, more than anything else, prevented the Lady War Eagles from orchestrating a comeback.
"Looking at the stats, we lost in two places tonight," said South head coach Keith Gravitt, "on the scoreboard and in rebounding.
"Jenna dominated the boards … You can double or triple her and she still gets her way. She’s a really great player, and there’s a reason Maryland offered her so early."
For South, Sarah Myers led the way with 19 points. While that figure is around her season total, it was a frustrating night for the sophomore guard.
"We put a bunch of different kids on Sarah," May said. "She’s a great player, and our girls did a tremendous job with team defense switching things up on her, moving around and just making everything she got contested.
"Now we just have to go out there and do it again on Tuesday."