Forbush basketball: The week ahead

By Ryan DeCosta -

EAST BEND — The Forbush girls basketball team only had one game this past week, but they made sure to make it count.

The Lady Falcons made easy work of Carver last Friday night, dominating in nearly every category for a 63-24 win. After what could be considered a blowout loss on the road to East Wilkes back in December, the Falcons (13-3, 3-0 WPAC) have come back with a vengeance, winning their past eight games to stay on top of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.

As of Monday night, the team was tied for 11th overall in the 2A standings, and have continued to climb over the past few weeks. The Falcons have three games this week, starting with a home game Tuesday night against Surry Central (6-10, 2-1 WPAC), followed by a non-conference game against Statesville Wednesday night.

After a day’s rest, the Falcons will likely fight for sole possession of first place when they travel to North Surry (10-7, 3-0 WPAC). Looking at the numbers, the Falcons are favored, but with a conference game on the road, anything is possible.

Meanwhile, a month ago, the Forbush boys basketball team was riding high, but remained humble as it went on a five-game winning streak through mid-December. In years past, the Falcons struggled to get past the three-win mark in an entire season, so just eclipsing that before the halfway point in the season is an accomplishment.

However, the Falcons (7-8, 0-3 WPAC) have struggled since then, going 1-5 since Dec. 21, and they are still in search of their first conference win this season. They’re hosting another team looking for its first conference win this season in Surry Central (4-12, 0-3 WPAC) and then Statesville on back-to-back nights. They close out the week traveling to North Surry (11-5, 3-0 WPAC) Friday night.

The team is averaging over 30 rebounds per game, however, a large chunk of that is thanks to its astronomical numbers early on. The team’s had more than 40 rebounds six times this year, including a stretch of five games in a row. In each of their past five losses, the Falcons have not eclipsed the 30 rebound mark.

With nine games remaining in the regular season for both the girls and boys, the upcoming stretch could make or break either team’s title hopes. It should be interesting to see just how long the girls team can keep up their intensity and continue to win games, and for the guys, to see whether or not they can rebound, literally, from the tough stretch over the past month.

Note: All records and schedules are per Monday, Jan. 18.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

By Ryan DeCosta

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