It’s been an interesting week for the Forbush girls basketball program, starting off with taking down the defending 2A champions for the second time this season, and finishing off by beating a county rival.
Forbush 71 – Wilkes Central 60
EAST BEND (12/8/15) — Tuesday night saw Forbush take down the defending 2A champions for the second time this season, and it took a group effort to get it done.
Forbush defeated Wilkes Central 71-60 in a tight match all the way through. The Lady Falcons struggled to find the back of the net early, but they found a solution to push points. It seemed like every time Wilkes Central started to pull close, the Falcons would have an answer. The first instance came when starting point guard Sidney Matthews went down with an injury. The Falcons responded with a seven-point run to lead 34-27 at the half.
Wilkes Central tied it at 48 with seven minutes remaining, but a 9-0 run by the Falcons meant the Eagles had to make one last push for a comeback. With less than five minutes remaining, it was a one-possession game yet again, but the Falcons dug deep to close it out with a 12-3 run the rest of the way.
“That’s been our big thing the last few years,” Head Coach Bradley Shore said. “We’ve been trying and trying to get that type of mentality to where if things don’t go your way, you got to keep playing.”
Filling in for Matthews was freshman Emily Marcincavage, and she made her presence known all week. Marcincavage had five points on the night, but led the offense when they needed it most.
“These girls are very close, and when [Matthews] went down, that’s their leader on the floor, that sparked them, and thankfully [Marcincavage] came in, and she’s really steady for a freshman,” Shore said.
If there was a Falcon scoring, there was a good chance that it was either Kala Doub or Calyn Davis. The duo combined for 50 points on the night.
“We’ve never beat Wilkes Central since middle school, and to beat them this year, it shows that we’re capable of doing things that people underestimate us for,” Doub said.
The win moved them to 5-2 on the season.
East Wilkes 53 – Forbush 36
RONDA (12/9/15) — The Falcons couldn’t duplicate the success they had the night before, falling to the East Wilkes Cardinals 53-36 Wednesday night.
Oddly enough, much like the night before, the game was a one-possession game in the final quarter, but this time, it was the Cardinals who were determined to close out the game. The Cardinals piled on 21 points in the final quarter to hand the Falcons their third loss of the season.
“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,” Shore said.
Offensively, it wasn’t their night, as East Wilkes forced 22 turnovers, and struggled to get rebounds. If they were to rebound, no pun intended, Friday night, Shore knew they’d have plenty to work on.
The loss moved them to 5-3 on the season.
Forbush 58 – Starmount 30
BOONVILLE (12/11/15) — Hard work paid off for the Falcons Friday night, toppling the Starmount Rams 58-30.
After falling flat to the Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Falcons came out ready to go. After taking the lead midway through the first quarter, the Falcons never gave the Rams a sign of life from there on out.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Shore said. “At East Wilkes we had three offensive rebounds on 42 missed shots. Two big things in particular and I thought they did a good job on [were] offensive rebounding and defensive rebounding, so it’s a start.”
Freshman Emily Marcincavage had six steals in the contest, and also joined in the rebounding game with the rest of the team.
“We knew when we came into the gym yesterday, that we were going to have to work tonight. We couldn’t play how we played two nights ago. Coming in with the work ethic and knowing we had to focus is the majority of how we won,” Marcincavage said.
The win moved them to 6-3 on the season. The Falcons enjoy a break before a three-day holiday tournament, starting with a match against Salem, Virginia, in the Grayson National Bank Holiday Classic on Dec. 28.
“Some nights you’re on, some night’s you’re off. We need to get Sidney Matthews back, the other girls they’ve done a good job in her absence but, it’s a big change when you move one or two girls out of position. Three game weeks are tough, especially that second game.”
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.