EAST BEND — Thursday night was a special night for the women’s basketball team at Forbush High School. The team kicked off its 2016-2017 season with a 55-41 win over East Wilkes, and Forbush senior Calyn Davis scored her 1,000 career point for the Falcons.
Davis scored the coveted point early in the game, as she was sitting on 999 points before the game even started. The Falcons tried to find Davis on the first three plays of the game, but the ball didn’t fall in Davis’ favor until the fourth minute. Davis was set up on the right side on the three-point line and drained her shot to give the Falcons a lead, and earn her a spot in the 1,000-point club.
“It’s pretty awesome (to score 1,000 points). As a freshman this was my number one goal coming in, and now that I’ve achieved it I feel great,” said Davis. “My goals this year are to be conference champs, beat North Surry, and to make a deep run in the playoffs.”
While Davis had achieved her goal of the night, the Falcons still had a game to play against the Cardinals. East Wilkes knew it would have its back against the wall against a strong team like Forbush, but the Cardinals didn’t let the atmosphere get to them as they kept pace with the Falcons all night. The Cardinals took an early 2-1 lead until the Falcons turned on the heat and took a 7-2 lead. As the first quarter was winding down, East Wilkes player Alexis Pardue took a shot from half court and made it, which cut Forbush’s lead to four points.
“We did what I always wanted to do to begin the season, and that was to play hard and rebound,” said Forbush head coach Bradley Shore. “We had a lot of jitters on offense, both teams did. East Wilkes is a very aggressive and good team so neither one of us got into a groove. We scored a few and they scored a few. Typical first game stuff. We settled down in the second half, and when they took the lead, we came back and we played a lot better offensively and defensively.”
The second quarter saw both teams drain three-pointers and drive to the basket. The Falcons have three freshmen on the team who made an impact in the second quarter. Hope Grimes, Nicole Scott and Parkley Hennings all saw ample playing time and recorded several points for Forbush. At the half, Forbush had a 21-16 lead over the Cardinals.
The third and fourth quarters saw the Falcons get in the groove of things as their passes and rebounds were on point. The final quarter came at a price for the Cardinals as they had two players foul out and the Falcons took advantage. At the end of the game, Forbush earned its first win of the season over the Cardinals.
With the win, the Falcons move to 1-0 on the season. Davis will be graduating in the spring, and Head Coach Shore knows it will be hard to replace a player like her, but he’s not looking that far into the future just yet.
“There’s no one better than Calyn, and I’m not just saying that because she scores points for me. She is the best girl to be around. She’s second in her class, she’s involved in her church, and she’s a great Christian example to everybody. She works hard, and watches game tape on her own. You couldn’t ask for a better player or a better person,” said Shore. “To see her score her thousandth point in the first game of the year makes me proud. She started the first game of freshman year for me, so it’ll be a sad day when she leaves the team.”