EAST BEND — The Lady Falcons of Forbush pulled away for a 61-54 semifinal win over Surry Central in Thursday night’s semifinal of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament. Forbush, the host school for the event, will contest North Surry tonight for the championship.
Surry Central’s single-digit third quarter happened to be the difference in what was once an winning game for the Lady Eagles. Forbush (21-4) extended a three-point halftime lead to 10, and held its own in the final period.
The Lady Falcons won the jump ball and posted the first score. Sidney Matthews fed the ball to Nicole Scott for the first Falcon basket, but a Taylor Cochran layup even the score. The game stayed even for the next minute of play, until Scott made a 3-pointer. Jacee Busick hit her first jumper and pulled Surry Central back within one of the Falcons. During the following minute for Surry Central, Sarah Ford was in on the assist as she got the ball to Busick, who claimed her squad’s first behind the arc. Casey Brown made a basket and a free throw for the hosts, and then Calyn Davis grabbed a feed from Parkley Hennings score. Claire Via hit a three for Central to tie it again. Davis hit a jumper, but Ford answered with a steal and layup. Davis splashed a thee-point shot with 10 seconds left on the clock, and the Lady Falcons led 15-12 after one.
Via opened up the second quarter with her second 3-pointer of the night. Via was in on the next basket as she assisted Brooke Snow for her first points. Brown made two from the free-throw line for another tie. Then Surry Central surged ahead with three straight baskets. Cochran found Savannah Atkins for her only score of the night. Then Cochran came up big again, grabbing a rebound and helping Busick post another two Golden Eagle points, then called her own number and chipped in a jumper inside the arc. Forbush coach Bradley Shore signaled for his second timeout with Central leading 23-17 halfway through the quarter.
Right after the huddle, Brown and Cochran traded two free throws. Forbush began to find its way to the charity stripe, as Matthews pitched in a free throw. Brown added two more, and another Falcon, Emily Marcincavage, found herself at the line just after Brown and also added two. There were two minutes left in the second when Hannah Beasley logged another point for Surry Central. Hope Grimes drained a 3-pointer and her Falcons regained the lead, but only by one point. With less than a minute on the clock before the half, Ford scored for Surry Central, but Forbush’s Marcincavage and Brown scored two each. At the break, Forbush led the ballgame by a 31-28 mark, but at that point it was a game still reachable for Surry Central.
Both sides of the court held one another scoreless during nearly the first two minutes of the third quarter. Scott posted her first second half basket as she took an assist from Davis. Busick popped a jumper into the mix, but the Lady Eagles were still down by three points. Hennings netted a quick two points. The score would remain 35-30 for the next two and a half minutes, until Busick struck again with a basket as she was fouled on a scoring drive. Hennings posted four points from two layups and Forbush led by seven. There was less than a second on the clock to round out the third quarter when Brown was fouled while collecting a basket and an extra point. At the end of three quarters, Forbush had extended the lead to 10.
At the 4:30 mark in the fourth, Central’s Taylor Coe broke what had become a 14-0 run for the Lady Falcons, as she put one back under the hoop. Forbush scored nine points to start the fourth quarter up before Coe’s make. Of Forbush’s nine, Matthews, Marcincavage and Brown claimed two, while Grimes held three. With four minutes remaining in the game, Davis chipped in two points from the line for Forbush, but Surry Central’s Ford answered with a 3-pointer. Matthews and Grimes added an additional two points each before another Lady Eagle would score. Then Coe grabbed two from the free throw line, and Hannah Beasley had a basket, but time was running under two and a half minutes, and the Lady Eagles were unable to stop Forbush. Scott also added two points from the line. During the next 20 seconds, Cochran and Ford splashed a three-pointer each, which pulled them within 15 points of the Lady Falcons. At the one-minute mark, Cochran splashed her second three-point make within a minute from her last. As time expired, Via and Busick registered two additional points each, but even with the late offensive production, and even with Surry Central outscoring Forbush in the fourth quarter, the Falcon lead was too large for the Golden Eagles to complete a comeback bid.
Surry Central was led by Busick, who logged 13 points, while Cochran posted 12 and Ford 10.
In the win, Forbush was led with 16 points from Brown. Scott scored 10, while Davis and Grimes claimed nine each.