EAST BEND — The Forbush girls basketball team, decked in red, white, and blue jerseys certainly looked like the defending NCAA champion UConn Huskies Friday night. Fortunately for them, in the latter parts of the game against Starmount, they played like them, too.
Behind a 31-point explosion in the second quarter, the 4-2 Falcons took down the 0-3 Starmount Lady Rams 71-36. After what Head Coach Bradley Shore called a sloppy first quarter leading 16-12, the Falcons dropped seven 3-pointers to end the half leading 47-21.
“If we play defense like this in upcoming games, it’s not going to go quite as well as it did tonight,” Shore said. “The other night, they couldn’t get [shots] going. They made a few, and it’s just contagious. Everybody came in and did well. I’d put somebody in the game, and they’d go score. It’s contagious when everyone’s playing well.”
Junior Calyn Davis continued to set the pace for breaking 1,000 career points this season with 21 points and five 3-pointers. The Falcons forced 16 turnovers in the first half, and kept finding Davis to put the game out of reach.
“I feel like we got into a really good rhythm tonight,” Davis said. “They were falling for us pretty good. I thought our defense was a little slow in the first part of the first half, but we started to get in the right positions, and turn those defensive stops into offensive opportunities.”
Forbush senior and Western Carolina University commit Taylor Wooten scored seven points, while junior Sidney Matthews had 12 points and senior Kala Doub had 11.
Last week, the Falcons also were able to take down defending 2A champion Wilkes Central on the road 60-54 as well as West Wilkes 52-41. This week, they hosted Wilkes Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to East Wilkes Wednesday, also at 6. The Falcons travel to Starmount Friday at 6:30 p.m. for a rematch before taking the next two weeks off.
“Offensively, the style of play is different from Wilkes Central to Starmount. They both have their strength and weaknesses so we need to change our offensive style. Defensively though, we should be consistent every game,” Shore said.
Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s results were not available at press time.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.