Girls Varsity Basketball
The Eagles came out cold at the start of the game at Stafford on Friday night, but put it together in the second half to capture their 13th win on the season, a 51-41 victory over the Indians.
The GREEN had great looks at the hoop all night, but in the first quarter only shot 3 for 12 from the perimeter and you could see a little negative body language on the blue clad visitors. Cameren Downs led the Forge with 25 points (3 Bulls-Eyes), Jamise Shellington had 7 and Riley Morrison and Jenna Grey tossed in 5 apiece in the victory.
The offensive punch the Forge lacked in the first 8 minutes, was basically mirrored by the home standing Indians as their offense was just as anemic early. The Eagles were perplexed and the Indians went to the bench at the break with a 7-6 lead.
A lead that only lasted a little over a minute into the second quarter when Grey buried a jumper from the right corner with 6:55 left until halftime that put the GREEN up for good at 8-7. The two teams would go scoreless for the next 3 minutes until Downs drove the lane with a finger roll with 4:10 left in the half, giving the Forge a 3 point lead. The Eagles went on an 11-4 run to close out the half as Downs buried back to back jumpers from beyond the arc and Shellington dropped one in from the paint. Morrison hit a jumper in the final 10 seconds to send the Eagles to the locker room on top 21-11.
Coming out of the locker room the Forge heated up just a bit outscoring the Indians 14-10 in the third as the lid was finally lifted from the tin. Again the GREEN got points from Downs (7 points including a bomb), Shellington (4 points) and Morrison buried a BULLS-EYE that put the Forge up 31-18 with 2:00 showing on the scoreboard.
The final quarter was the only stanza that Stafford showed any kind of life, outscoring the Eagles 20-16 and cutting a 17 point deficit down to 10 but could get no closer. Gray opened the quarter with a bomb from behind the arc putting the Forge ahead 38-21 and after Alia Carmichael hit a shot inside the paint, Mya “BAM BAM” Tino went WINDEX on a 3 point bomb kissing it off the window to give the Forge a 41-23 advantage with 6:30 left in the contest.
A short 6-0 run by the Indians cut the lead to 41-28 midway through the quarter but Raja Anderson scored inside, Downs hit a jumper and Anderson hit again from the paint to end the threat and give the Eagles a 47-28 lead with 3:19 left.
The home team went on a mini 13-4 run in the final minutes but it was too little too late and the Eagles got back on the bus STILL unbeaten in the Commonwealth District and a 13-6 overall mark. Next up, the Forge heads to the She Got Game Classic on Saturday @ Riverdale Baptist High School to battle Eleanor Roosevelt at 4pm. Next Friday (2/2) the Eagles will again meet up with the Mountain View Wildcats, this time @ The Forge for a Senior Night contest that will tip at 5:15pm.