DOBSON — The Lady Eagles bounced back from a third-quarter hole only to let the lead slip away in the last four minutes against Forbush.
Surry Central jumped out to a 16-5 lead, watched it disappear in the third quarter, then came right back to finish the period.
Central led 33-30 when the Lady Falcons’ Calyn Davis scored 10 points the rest of the way to lift the visitors to a 43-36 win.
The Falcons made a 13-0 run at the end before Claire Via hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds to make the margin closer.
The late run could have been even worse, but Forbush left lots of points at the foul line, missing seven straight shots in the second half.
In the first period, the teams were tied 5-all when senior Makenzie Mooney scored, drawing a big cheer from the home crowd on Senior Night.
Then in the second period, all 12 Central points came via the long ball. Via, Sarah Ford, Taylor Coe and Mallory Wilmoth all connected once to give the Eagles a 19-10 lead.
Kala Doub, who carried Forbush for three quarters, scored a basket to make it 19-12 at the half. Doub had eight of the teams 12 points, but missed three free throws.
Forbush opened the third period looking to drive the lane. That worked as the Falcons either scored or drew a foul repeatedly in a 13-0 run to turn a seven-point deficit into a 25-19 lead.
At this point, the home crowd was getting on the referees about the foul difference. Forbush had been to the line 12 times while Central had just two attempts.
The Eagles put together a 9-2 run to finish the third quarter, thanks to second chances off offensive rebounds.
Central led 28-27 to open the third, but Forbush quickly scored to go up 30-28. After Coe made one of two at the line, the 6-foot-1 sophomore stepped outside and put up a three that hit every part of the rim before trickling off.
But Hannah Beasley and Brooke Snow hit baskets to put Central ahead 33-30.
Davis, who only had two points at that point, then hit a three-pointer from the right wing to tie the game. Next time down, Beasley nearly made a steal, but as she jumped into the passing lane, the bounce pass hit her foot and flew away from her.
Forbush kept the ball and Davis stroked another three for a 36-33 advantage.
Forbush’s Taylor Wooten missed two free throws, but Central couldn’t get a good look, turning the ball over a few times in the closing minutes.
After those seven straight foul misses by Forbush, Doub finally broke the streak and made three straight. Then Davis made four straight to seal the win.
Doub finished with 22 and Davis 12 for 34 of the Falcons’ 43 points.
Ford led the Eagles with eight, Via six, Wilmoth five, Coe, Beasley and Snow four each, Mooney three and Edi Nixon two.
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