EAST BEND — At the beginning of the season, Forbush senior Calyn Davis said one of her goals this season was to beat North Surry. Unfortunately for Davis and her teammates, North Surry’s fourth-quarter surge on Tuesday night put the game out of Forbush’s reach. The Greyhounds came out firing and ended up taking home a 55-49 win to take hold of first place in the WPAC.
Things started off in the Falcons’ favor, as Elle Sutphin drew a foul on Nicole Scott. Scott made both of her free throws to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Mikaela Johnson answered back on the Greyhounds next possession as she made a two-point basket to tie the game 2-2. The Falcons went on a roll after Johnson’s two-point shot, as Parkley Hennings hit a free throw and Scott hit two more free throws. In the closing minutes of the first quarter, North Surry were able to score four more points as Martha Holt made two baskets. The Falcons held on to a 10-6 lead at the end of the first.
The second quarter saw both teams shake off the nerves as the Falcons and the Greyhounds came out firing. North Surry claimed the first points of the quarter as Maggie Hawks made a free throw. Davis had a quiet first quarter, but in the second, she turned on her scoring as she put up a three-point shot to strengthen the Falcons’ lead. Forbush took a 15-9 lead over the Greyhounds with its consistent passing and its defensive strategies. The closest the Greyhounds came to taking the lead came when Tiana Shuff hit a shot to bring North Surry within two points. Just as the Greyhounds looked the be closing in on the Falcons, Scott hit a three-point shot to take the lead back to five points. By halftime, the Falcons had turned up their game as they took a 31-23 over the Greyhounds.
In the final two quarters, North Surry showed the Falcons they came out to play by scoring 17 points in the third quarter, and 15 more in the fourth. The Greyhounds were able to tie the game in the final minutes of the third as Sutphin hit her shot. Forbush answered back with a three-point shot courtesy of Hope Grimes, and the Greyhounds were not able to tie the game again until the final quarter. The Falcons held on to a 42-40 lead at the end of the third.
Arin Bunker got the tidal wave going in the fourth quarter for the Greyhounds as she tied the game 42-42. The Greyhounds were able to take their first lead since the first quarter as Sutphin made a free throw to give North Surry a one-point lead. Both teams battled back and forth trying to gain the advantage, and it wasn’t until the final two minutes that North Surry gained an eight-point lead over the Falcons. The final blow came when Taylor Duncan helped the Greyhounds put the game out of Forbush’s reach in the closing seconds. North Surry had successful staged a fourth-quarter comeback to take a 55-49 win from the Falcons.
North Surry move to 14-5 overall and 5-0 in the WPAC. They will travel to West Stokes on Friday night to take on the Wildcats. Forbush move to 15-3 overall and 3-1 in the WPAC. They will travel to South Stokes on Friday night.