BOONVILLE — When Forbush and Starmount meet on the basketball court, the atmosphere is always electric. On Friday night, the Rams and the Falcons met in Boonville for their first meet-up of the season.
Over the past few seasons, Starmount has had the upper hand on the Falcons. That was until Forbush won both games in the 2015-2016 season. The two wins gave the Falcons a taste of what the Rams usually feel. Overall, Starmount has a 14-7 record against Forbush in boys basketball. The overall record didn’t matter the the Falcons, as they came out and earned a 52-47 win over the Rams.
“This was probably our worst game. A lot of it had to do with nerves, and playing our rival. Starmount had a really good game plan for us, they packed-in and stayed-off,” said Forbush Head Coach Jody Christopherson. “Lineberry is one of our best ball players and they did a great job focusing on him. We just never got into the swing of things. I’d say this was at least a C performance. But it’s still a win.”
The first quarter saw both teams miss shots all over the court. It took four minutes for a shot to land, and it came from Logan Lineberry, who gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead from the free-throw line. Starmount took the ball down the court, with Curtis Craft set up on the three-point line, Craft drained his shot to give Starmount its first lead of the night over Forbush. After Curtis’ basket, the first quarter was back and forth with Josh Wood tying the game 3-3, then Starmount taking the lead, then Forbush taking the lead. When the first quarter ended, Forbush and Starmount were tied 9-9.
“I thought we did well, I think we did exactly what we needed to and it’s just another game for us to learn. If we make the lay-ups we win this game. I think our guys played hard,” said Starmount Head Coach Rocky Horton. “We’re a very gritty team and we work hard together. We executed what we wanted to do and we were successful.”
The second quarter the Falcons turned on their jets and outscored the Rams. Forbush scored 12 points to take a 21-9 lead before Starmount had the chance to score one basket. Peyton Mullins made his free-throw to break Forbush’s unanswered scoring run. From there, Starmount made two baskets courtesy of Griffin Cass, who was set up down low. Cass’ shots shortened Forbush’s lead, 21-14. Micah Cranfill and Jackson Cooper helped the Falcons lengthen their lead before halftime with a three-pointer and a two-point shot. At halftime, Forbush had a 12-point lead with the score at 28-16.
While the Falcons held on to the lead for most of the opening two quarters, the Rams came out of the locker room looking to change their statistics. The closest the Rams got to tying the score was late in the third quarter. The Falcons had a five-point lead which was the shortest lead since the first quarter. Before the third quarter ended, Lance Kennedy drained a three-pointer to take Forbush’s lead to nine points.
The fourth quarter, things stayed the same for the Falcons and the Rams. Forbush held on to its lead as Bowman, Lineberry, Wood, Kennedy and Cranfill all made their various shots. On Starmount’s side, Wiles and Mullins tried to pull their team out of the woods, but they were unsuccessful. At the end of the game, Forbush darkened the orange gym to a shade of red as they took home a 52-47 win.
“Forbush hasn’t had a lot of winning seasons in the past. We went 16-1 over the summer and we’re coming in with eight seniors so I think we’re shaping up to be really good,” said Christopherson. “It’s our fourth win, so we’re 4-0, which is the first time the school can remember being 4-0 in a long time. We have a close team this year they’re all kind of like brothers. It’s been a joy so far.”
With the win the Falcons move to 4-0 overall. Their current record is the best start to the season in over 10 years. Starmount falls to 0-2 overall. Both teams don’t have long till they meet-up again. The Rams travel to East Bend on Dec. 6 for a re-match, tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Time is subject to change.