BOONVILLE — After a JV boys game that came down to the final 5.2 seconds that saw Forbush drain a three-pointer to take the win, the varsity girls had a lot of hype to live up to during their game. The cross-county rivalry did not disappoint the packed crowd if they were wearing a darker shade of red and cheering for the Falcons. After a jam-packed 32 minutes, Forbush earned its fourth win of the season over the Rams (1-1) with a 69-54 score.
During the first quarter, Starmount’s Taylor Wood scored the first basket of the night, but Forbush would answer back with three baskets to take a 6-2 lead before Starmount would score again. Chloe Ford cut Forbush’s lead to 6-4, but that didn’t deter Forbush, who then went on a basket-scoring run with Hope Grimes draining a three-pointer, Parkley Hennings driving to the basket, and Calyn Davis continuing her goal-scoring tendencies.
The Falcons took a 15-4 lead before Starmount made a free-throw and a two-pointer to cut Forbush’s lead. While the Rams kept trying to cut the lead, Forbush’s Nicole Scott was set up on the three-point line and made her shot count to lengthen the Falcons’ lead. Casey Brown and Sidney Matthews both made their shots as well to give the Falcons a 23-10 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Rams battle back to score 17 points, while Forbush scored seven. Starmount’s shots weren’t enough to take the lead going into halftime, but it was only down by three points as Forbush held on to a 30-27 lead.
After halftime, Starmount tied the game up 30-30 after Maggie Freed made a three-pointer. The tie put both teams in a deadlock score for four minutes until Brown made two free-throws for the Falcons. Starmount answered back on its next play as Tecora Manns made a two-point shot on her offensive drive to the basket. The third quarter saw several ties and lead changes until Forbush was finally able to get its groove back to take a 10-point lead.
As the final quarter started, Forbush kept lengthening its lead as Hennings made a two-point shot and Scott made a three-pointer to give the Falcons a 62-45 lead. Starmount tried to battle back and make the most of its offensive plays, but the Falcons were able to overcome whatever the Rams had planned. At the end of the game, Forbush added another win to its record as it took home a 69-54 win.
The Falcons and the Rams meet up again on Dec. 6 in East Bend. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m., time is subject to change.