WALNUT COVE — The Forbush Falcons girls varsity team met South Stokes in their first conference game of the season but lost the battle in a 48-37 finish.
The Lady Sauras jumped out to an early lead after game high-scorer Kelsi Grantham along with Saura Kelli Mounce were quick to get the tempo rolling with an attack on the basket.
Lady Falcons Brittany Moose and Jessica Fulk moved aggressively on offense and defense for the Falcons in an attempt to keep the score close. The Falcons scored seven points in the first and 10 in the second quarter, while the Sauras scored 17 points in both the first and second.
By half-time, the Sauras led 34-17. The Sauras dominance on the court controlled the game’s tempo early creating a Falcon necessity to adjust after the half.
Grantham led the first-half scoring effort with 14 points and Calyn Davis led the Falcons with six.
Lady Sauras Head Coach Mitch Adams said the fact that the team had 15 assists on 19 baskets showed they had delivered the type of “team play” for which he’d asked.
Forbush Head Coach Bradley Shore said, “We did not play our best, we’ve got to change our focus and intensity.”
He said he would look for the Lady Falcons to be more aggressive in the future and commended the play of the Lady Sauras.
Falcon Davis in a strong defensive show opened the third quarter with a steal, then drove it in for a lay-up. Brittany Moose with some fancy foot work got in two. However, those four points remained the only ones for the Falcon scoring effort to close the third.
Saura Michala Pardue opened up with a three-pointer in the fourth and Sam Hill scored two. Falcon Maddy Morson rallied back and scored two to make the score 45-31.
In addition, Moose and Morson became aggressive in pulling down rebounds and a net result of the defensive effort ended with the Falcons outscoring the Sauras in the quarter. The Falcons scored 11 points, one point more than the Sauras, 10. Saura Clary and Mounce delivered a perfect 2/2 from the free-throw line in the fourth. Though Moose drove in for two more Falcon lay-ups in the games last moments, it was not enough and the Sauras prevailed.
The Lady Sauras attacked from the inside out most of the game. Grantham’s height and physical presence remained a fourth-quarter factor that stymied the Falcons attempt to stop the attack on the inside. The Sauras field-shot accuracy persisted to be a thorn in the Falcons’ flesh.
Quarter final scores were: Sauras (first) 17-7; (second) 34-17; (third) 38-26; and (fourth) 48-37.
Forbush scores listed: Brittany Moose 15, Calyn Davis 8 (two three-pointers in the first-half), Maddy Morson 5, Jessica Funk 4, Kala Doub 2, Sydney Matthews 1.
Saura top scorers were: Game high-scorer Kelsi Grantham 18, Michala Pardue 11, Maddison Clary 8.
Forbush is scheduled to play Starmount in an away game on Wednesday.