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1 month ago by Jim Hill - The Voice of the Eagles

FORGE GIRLS BASKETBALL: EAGLES CAN'T CAGE BEARS; FALL 57-52

The Riverbend Bears and the Eagles matched up for the second time this season on Tuesday night at the Forge. The two teams met in the championship round of the pre-season Commonwealth District Tournament and the Eagles came away with a 50-42 decision to claim the crown.

Riverbend has been chasing Forge for a number of years, as the Eagles have been on top of the district mountain for a while. The Bears were hungry coming into this one and were looking to make a statement. A statement that was made LOUD AND CLEAR. The Bears revenged that earlier loss with a 57-52 on the Eagles home floor. Riverbend showed how much they wanted this one throughout the contest and in the end, they outworked the Forge to take the first meeting of the season. The Eagles will travel to Riverbend on January 22nd for the rematch.

The home team jumped out early but the Bears tied it at 5-5 on a jumper by Jasmin Williams with 4:49 left in the quarter. Riverbend went ahead as Madison Sarver banked in a shot, but Forge got a driving hoop and a “BULLS-EYE” bucket from Keona Warmack (14 points on the night) to take a 10-7 with 1:15 left. The two teams went back and forth late, but the “good gals” got a 3-point BOMB from senior Alex Sullivan to take a 14-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bears started to get their swag back. They used a swarming defense that resulted in multiple Forge turnovers and they held the Eagles to just seven points in the stanza. It was the Williams and Sarver show again as they controlled the paint and got easy looks at the basket in close for scores. The Eagles went on a run of their own late and were able to tie the contest at 18-18 on a Tenia Brown put back. Williams put the Bears up three late on a bucket and a free throw, but the Eagles went to young reliable Jenna Grey from long range to tie the game up 21-21 at the halftime break. It was Grey’s first of only two threes on the night as the Bears hawked her every move.  

Coming out of the halftime break, Forge opened it up with a “BULLS-EYE” from Grey and a driving layup from Brayla Bogier to take a 27-22 and it looked like the home team had some life. NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND, with the Bears down 27-24, Riverbend coach Thomas Via called a timeout to talk it over. Coming out of the T.O., the contest was tied again on a BOMB from his daughter Mikayla 27-27. It remained tight until the final minute when we were tied at 33-33 and the Forge got back-to-back 3-pointers from Alex Sullivan and Warmack to make it 39-33 headed into winning time. The Warmack three was a high arching shot that had Eagles coach Lashaun Cook leaning out on the court to see if and when the shot would come down. When it re-entered the atmosphere, it was NOTHING BUT NYLON just before the buzzer sounded.

Riverbend would respond in crunch time however as they outscored the Eagles 24-13 when it mattered most. Early in the fourth the Eagles were shooting the ball pretty well on buckets from Cameren Downs and Bogier, and actually held a 45-37 advantage with 5:05 left. Another Riverbend timeout brought positive results as they got a hoop and a foul out of the T.O. from Williams to cut the lead to 45-40.

It was nip and tuck for the final three minutes as the Bears tried to claw their way for one last run. They tied the game 50-50 with 1:15 left and then got a jumper from Tekiya Cadden to go ahead for good. Madeline Slunt on the next possession got the hoop and the harm and when she hit the free throw, the Eagles were staring at a 55-50 deficit. The only Forge scoring in the final two minutes of the game was a layup by Bogier and the Bears pulled it out in crunch time to seal the win.

The Eagles (5-3) had the Bears in the cage…..they just didn’t lock the door. They have little time to worry about this one, but plenty of things to fix as they move on to host the Brooke Point Black Hawks on Thursday night before the holiday break.


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