East Wilkes cruises to sweep over Forbush
by Matthew Gorry
EAST BEND - In a make-up double-header, East Wilkes cruised to a sweep of Forbush Thursday night in East Bend.
The Lady Cardinals hung on for a wild 36-34 victory, while the boys coasted to a 78-65 triumph to complete the clean sweep.
In the girls game, after East scored the first five points, the Lady Falcons reeled off 15-straight to grab a 15-5 lead early in the second quarter.
Forbush breezed to a 22-11 lead at the break after a Paris Trivette put-back at the buzzer.
In the third, East battled back and used a 13-2 burst to tie the game at 24-24 with 2:40 left in the period.
The teams traded hoops down the stretch in a back-and-forth fourth quarter.
After two Trivette free throws tied the game at 33-33, East answered. Ashley Hayes sank the front-end of a one-and-one but missed the second. Adrian Pardue grabbed the offensive rebound and laid it back up for a three-point lay to give the Cardinals a 36-33 lead with 5.5 seconds left.
With one second left, Brittany Moose intentionally missed a free throw for a chance at a put-back. But East grabbed the rebound and ran out the clock to preserve the thrilling 36-34 victory.
ShaNisha powered the Cardinals with 17 points on the night, while Erin Royal added 10 second-half points.
In the boys game, Forbush opened strong, grabbing a 15-10 advantage after one and lead 20-16 late in the second.
But East battled back and took a 21-20 lead on a McKinley Johnson corner three and never looked back.
The Cardinals took a 32-29 edge into the locker room and began to pull away in the third. After back-to-back treys by Dillon Gray and a bucket by Jathan Sales, East grabbed a 54-39 lead at the end of three.
The Cards cruised in the fourth, running away with the 78-65 victory.
Wallis paced East with 25 points on the night, while Johnson added 20 points, including four trifectas. Sales tacked on 11 points on the night with Jared Bryan adding seven.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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