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High school basketball: Frustrating first half hampers Gainesville girls in loss to North Forsyth
Gainesville's Lauren Teasley is cornered by the North Forsyth defense on Friday in Gainesville. Photo by Bill Murphy

North Forsyth’s girls basketball team has had some lethargic games, despite having a strong season. 

However, that lack of energy didn’t seem to be a problem Friday against Gainesville.

A dominating first-half, and a lead that swelled to more than 20 points late in the second quarter, is all the Lady Raiders needed for a 64-33 region win against the Lady Red Elephants.

“We’re trying to get ready and play in a region tournament,” Lady Raiders coach Brad Kudlas said. “We were able to get some shots down and got hot.”

North Forsyth (18-4 overall, 10-1 Region 6-7A) set the tone of the game on the defensive end, which led to some easy shots. The relentless pressure in the half court and shooting in the first four minutes of the game gave the Lady Raiders all the confidence they needed to pull away.

“They hit three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the game,” Gainesville coach Alan Griffin said. “They’re a very good team and played like it. They made very little mistakes.”

In the second quarter, North Forsyth knocked down five more 3-point tries.

The Lady Raiders defense didn’t just help with its offensive confidence it, helped them neutralize Gainesville’s biggest offensive threat, Lauren Teasley. 

Any time the Gainesville senior was able to beat the North Forsyth guards, she was met by Maddie Erickson. 

Kudlas trusts the junior forward will help stop whatever was coming down the middle.

Ali Jones led North Forsyth with 15 points, while Anna Gliatta poured in 14 points. 

Also for North Forsyth, Ella Holbrock had 11 points, while Erickson scored 10 points. 

For Gainesville, Sadie Roach had a game-high 11 points and Teasley scored nine points.

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