RONDA — The East Wilkes Cardinals girls basketball program continued its winning ways Wednesday night, taking down the red hot Forbush Falcons with a dominant performance late.
A one-possession game with 7:01 remaining, the Cardinals found a way to move things around to push points for a 53-36 win. Some players who perhaps hadn’t been finding the back of the net early came through in the clutch to start to pull away.
“It’s all about patience, and with a good team like Forbush, you’ve got to be ready to counter whatever they do defensively with our offense,” Cardinals Head Coach Matt Campbell said.
The biggest contributions in the fourth quarter came from two sophomores. Lauren Johnson and Gracie Brown each had six points in the fourth quarter. All of Brown’s points came from the free-throw line, where she shot 8-9. Johnson was the leading scorer of the night, with three field goals from 3-point range. Senior Chelsea Edwards was scoreless through the first half, but pulled eight points together in the second.
“We buckled down on defense and passed the ball looking for the open shot more,” Edwards said. “We worked on our ball fakes all week in practice and we did some tonight.”
“They just played well. Coach Campbell’s owed me one for a couple of years, and he saved up and he was ready. Those girls took it to us,” Forbush Head Coach Bradley Shore said.
Forbush played without its starting point guard Sidney Matthews, who went down with an injury the night before in a win against Wilkes Central. Despite freshman Emily Marcincavage stepping up big over that two-game span, the effort from the team wasn’t enough.
“Losing Matthews hurts because she’s a third-year starting point guard, but that’s no excuse. We didn’t hustle,” Shore said.
“It’s just desire, and who wants it more defensively,” Campbell said. “You can call whatever you want to on defense but it comes down to, ‘Do the kids really believe in what you’re doing?’”
East Wilkes has a little bit of a break from games before its second conference game next Friday night against Wilkes Central. Forbush has a rematch from last Friday night, traveling to Starmount. A full recap of this week’s games from Forbush will be available on yadkinripple.com Saturday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.