Conference tournament time is among us, and Forbush fans have reason to be confident heading into it.
As of Monday night, the Falcons girls basketball team earned a bye into the second round of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference, and will play at Carver Thursday night against the winner of Surry Central and Carver. The red hot Falcons fizzled a little bit last week with a surprising loss to Statesville, and a 52-50 loss to North Surry. One could think that with the losses the confidence level has been affected, but that’s not the case at all. They’ve hit the reset button, going all the way back to week one to work on the fundamentals.
“It’s a matter of who can execute the best and their system throughout the game,” Head Coach Bradley Shore said. “It’s gotten sloppier and sloppier as you play more games and get fewer practices, and we’re right back to the beginning.”
They haven’t looked as sharp as they did when they won eight straight games, but they’re finding a way. Thursday night is an opportunity for them to get back in the right direction, and in many ways, it’s a must. According to MaxPreps, they’re 17th in 2A competition, meaning a poor performance could run the risk of losing a home game for the state playoffs. However, a win in the tournament could shoot the team up towards the top of the standings again.
As for the boys, their first-round matchup against Carver was scheduled for Tuesday night. However with Yadkin County Schools announcing they were closed Tuesday night, an announcement on that game was not available at press time. The winner of that game would play West Stokes Thursday night at Carver.
The boys have had one of their best seasons in many years, however in the conference they’ve dropped some close games that cost them dearly in the WPAC standings. If they can get hot like they did during their five-game winning streak then they could be the upset special. They’re currently ranked high enough to make the state tournament, and a win in the first round would likely lock themselves in.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.