WINSTON-SALEM — West Forsyth defeated Surry Central in the Mary Garber Holiday Classic, 56-42.
The Lady Eagles whipped Glen by 42 points on Saturday, but they faced a much tougher opponent Wednesday.
West Forsyth is a 4A school and the second seed for the girls’ basketball tournament.
West Forsyth has twin sisters who have signed to play for Auburn, noted Central Coach Mandy Holt. Out of those 56 points, Jazmin and Jessica Jones had more than 40 points themselves, she said.
In the first quarter the Eagles were a little tentative and allowed West Forsyth to build a 17-5 lead, the coach said.
Then from that point on, the team settled down and started playing their own game, she said. Suddenly it didn’t matter that it was a 4A school taking on a 2A; the Eagles believed they could hang with them.
Through the final three quarters, West Forsyth scored 39 points to Central’s 37, but the Eagles couldn’t overcome that poor first quarter.
The Lady Titans held a size advantage and dominated the boards 32-13.
Still, Holt said she was very proud of the way her team battled and never gave up.
Going against a tough 4A team should make it easier for the Eagles to face 2A conference foes like North Surry, Forbush and Carver.
There was some talk amongst Eagles fans about whether Cassidy Joyner would play in this game after her grandmother Betty passed away.
Joyner did play and finished with a team-high 24 points, the only Eagles in double figures.
Marlee Wilmoth scored five points, Sarah Bruce four, Kristin Key three, and Brooke Lewis, Tess Dockery and Kelsey Taylor two each.
Marlee had three steals, and Kelsey had five deflections, added Holt.
The Eagles fell into the consolation bracket and today face Atkins, who lost to Mount Tabor.