North Forrest’s basketball teams started the 2018-2019 season on the right foot Tuesday night with home wins over county rival FCAHS.
North Forrest Lady Eagles 56, FCAHS Lady Aggies 49
After trailing the Lady Aggies by one point after one quarter of play, Otto Crawford’s Lady Eagles outscored the opposition 12-5 in the second and 13-6 in the third to build a double-digit lead headed to the fourth quarter. Despite a late surge there from FCAHS, North Forrest maintained their lead to earn victory No. 1.
“First thing I always tell them is to go out there and have fun and execute,” Crawford said. “I can’t say nothing but good things about them. This is probably the first time in a few years where they won their first game. I’m super proud of them.”
Freshman Sequoia Bouldin led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 17 points.
“She’s electric and keeps a real chip on her shoulder,” Crawford said of Bouldin. “She’s young still and a got a lot of basketball to inherit. But overall, I think I can lean on her late in the game this year.”
Mahogandy McNulty added 10 points for North Forrest.
Keona Crowell led FCAHS with 13 points. Crowell helped the Lady Aggies trim the Lady Eagle lead to four points multiple times in the fourth quarter. Amber Fortenberry added 10 points for FCAHS.
North Forrest Eagles 78, FCAHS Aggies 63
Behind 21-point performances from both Nick Moore and Joe Holloway, the Eagles completed the sweep late Tuesday night. North Forrest raced out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and maintained a near double-digit lead most of the game en route to the win.
“It feels really good,” North Forrest coach Quenton Loving said. “The guys have been working hard in the preseason and practice. They’re coming in and doing everything I ask. I’m so proud of them. They deserve this win. They played together as a team and played extremely hard.”
It was sophomore Joe Holloway and senior Nick Moore who led the way.
“Joe, we expect a lot out of him. He led us in scoring as a freshman, so we’re expecting big things from him,” Loving said. “He’s got great talent, and Nick, he’s a senior leader. He’s really been working hard, too. He’s doing extra things on his own so it can pay off when it’s game time.”
As a team, North Forrest knocked down 10 three-pointers in the victory.
“When we’re at home, we’re very comfortable shooting the three,” Loving said. “I think we feel comfortable with the fans behind us, and they just let it fly. They fell for us tonight.”
Xzavier Barnes (14 points) and Brian Swanson (12 points) also reached the double-digit point mark for the Eagles.
Keegan Odom led FCAHS with 14 points.