EAST BEND — The Forbush Falcons men’s and women’s basketball team have started off their 2016 season on the right foot. The Falcons matched-up against Wilkes Central on Monday night in East Bend, and both teams came away with a win.
The women’s team knocked off the Eagles with a 67-60 win to go 2-1 in the season, while the men’s team earned a 74-68 win.
The Falcons got off to an early start as they took a 5-0 lead before Wilkes Central was able to knock in its first basket. Both teams started to battle back and forth, but at the end of the first quarter, Forbush had an 18-16 lead. The second quarter saw Hope Grimes and Nicole Scott each knock in a three-pointer. Parkley Hennings helped the Falcons with her size and her aggressiveness to drive to the basket. At halftime, Hennings had 14 points, Grimes had nine, Calyn Davis had seven, and Sidney Matthews had five. The Falcons had a 40-31 going into halftime.
The second half started with the Falcons continuing to lengthen their lead over Wilkes Central. At one point, the Falcons had a 50-35 lead. Wilkes Central started to battle back in the third quarter as it held the Falcons to only three points and cut their lead 53-48. While the Falcons tried to keep their momentum up, Wilkes Central kept battling back and with five minutes left in the game, the Eagles were down by only one point. Forbush knew it would have to pick up its shots and rebounding and the team did just that. As time was winding down, the Falcons started working together and took a win over the Eagles.
Hennings ended her night with 21 points, Davis had 10 points, Brown, Scott and Grimes each had nine points, Matthews had seven, and Emily Marcincavage had two.
In a game that was filled with tension, two technical fouls, and several foul-outs, the Forbush men’s team kept its cool as it knocked off Wilkes Central on Monday night. The Falcons took an 11-0 lead before the Eagles scored their first points of the night off of a free throw.
Logan Lineberry kept his team pumped as he drained several three-pointers for the Falcons in the first quarter. Josh Wood also got in on the action as he had several offensive and defensive rebounds. Wood was also a vital part of the team as he drove to the basket to help the Falcons keep up their lead.
Jared Bowman and Micah Cranfill kept up the Falcons’ lead as they both made several key baskets before the half. At halftime Forbush had a commanding 35-24 lead over Wilkes Central.
The third quarter saw the Falcons pick up their pace and out-play Wilkes Central on both sides of the court. Going into the final quarter Wilkes Central tried to battle back, but it was unable to overcome the Falcons’ defense as well as the Falcon offense. At the end of the game, Forbush held on to win 74-68.
Lineberry ended his night with 19 points, Wood had 14 points, Bowman had 11 points, Cranfill and Gardner had nine points, Jackson Cooper and Lance Kennedy had three points, and Tony Douglas, Tyler Campbell and Jared Hall each had two points.
Forbush’s next game was Nov. 29 versus West Wilkes. Results were not available by press deadline.