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2 months ago by Jim Hill - The Voice of the Eagles

GIRLS BASKETBALL: FORGE TAKES DOWN(S) BROOKE POINT; 56-52

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The Eagles improved to 2-1 overall on the season (2-0 in the Commonwealth District) with a 56-52 tussle with the Brooke Point Black Hawks on Thursday night. The “good gals” were led by Sophomore Cameren Downs who tossed in a game high 26 points, Raja Anderson helped out with 13 points, Jenna Grey and Tenia Brown had 5 points apiece in the win.

To say this one started out slow, would be a huge understatement. The teams went up and down the floor in the first 8 minutes collecting turnovers instead of points as the home team outscored the Eagles 8-3 in the frame. At the break the big stat flying off the sheet was the two teams had 18 turnovers between them. The Eagles were trailing by only 2-0 when they got on the board on a free throw by Keona Warmack with 5:38 left on the first quarter clock. Problem was they didn’t add to it until Brown scored on a put back with 1:40 left, their only field goal of the quarter.

The second quarter Downs started to heat up for the Forge. She dropped in 15 points in the Eagles run to get back in the game mostly on drives to the cup where she was sent to the line for free throw points. During the run the Forge was the more aggressive team and controlled tempo as well as the rebounding column of the stat sheet. The hard work paid off as they went to the locker room only trailing 26-25, with 16 more minutes of play remaining to decide this one.

Forge jumped on their hosts early in the second half and experienced their first lead of the contest on a bucket by Anderson with 7:10 left in the third to put the Eagles ahead 27-26. They followed it up with a 6-0 run before the Black Hawks would score the first points of their second half with 4:30 left cutting the lead to 33-28 “good gals”. The Eagles stretched the lead to 37-28 with 3:11 left and Black Hawks Coach Adam Brown called time out to talk things over. The strategy during that T.O. worked as the Hawks held the Eagles scoreless the rest of the quarter while going on a 9-0 to tie the game up at 37-37 heading into “winning time”.

In the final eight minutes, the Hawks strategy was to keep the ball out of the hands of Downs and try and make one of the other Eagles beat them. A good plan goes bad at times, as the sophomore showed her grit controlling the flow of play while tossing in a half dozen points. The Eagles trailed in the final two minutes until Anderson put the Forge up for good at 51-50 with 61 ticks left. She buried a free throw on the Forge next possession and then Downs controlled the ball forcing the Hawks to send her to the free throw line. She buried four free throws in the last 35 seconds to seal the Eagles second win of the year.

The Eagles can’t rest on their laurels as they head to St. Johns College High School where they will face St. Vincent Pallotti in their first game of the She’s Got Game Classic. That contest is set to start at 7:10pm on Friday night. On Saturday they will tip with Eleanor Roosevelt in that same tournament at 5:20pm. The GREEN will open up the home schedule on Tuesday night as they host the Massaponax Panthers at 7pm.

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