FH boys thump Tigers by 40 in Sides' first game

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

 First-year coach Matt Sides wants Forest Hills High to play fast, and the Yellow Jackets didn’t disappoint in his first game on the sidelines.

FH opened with an 84-44 home win over Mount Pleasant (3-1) on Friday.

Forest Hills struggled early against Mount Pleasant’s zone defense.

“It was noticeable that it was our first game for the first few minutes,” Sides said. “We were definitely jittery, emotional. That intensity fueled us on the defensive end early. On the offensive end we were a little shaky with the ball, dropping some passes and missing some easy ones.”

That season-opening anxiety quickly faded for the Yellow Jackets, though, as they worked the ball inside to 6-3, 215-pound senior forward Roderick Poag and used their pressure defense to create turnovers and fastbreaks.

Poag scored 13 of his 15 points in the first quarter.

“[Poag] is a workhorse down in the post and he’s really come along with his game,” Sides said.

After being tied at 6-all, Forest Hills closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run.

“Two of the top-three things that we emphasize is one, we always are pressing on every make and every miss – that’s just who we are,” Sides said. “No matter who we play we’re always going to press … our lineup allows us to do that, being athletic and deep, so we really want to get after people.”

The Jackets allowed just 47 field goal attempts while getting off 75 shots on their own end.

Poag is one of seven seniors on the roster and five of them starting, including Kalief Harrison, Roshad Gibson, Austin Perkins and Jarvis Wilson.

Coming into a new program, Sides knew the importance of getting a strong commitment from his senior class, and he’s been pleased thus far.

“That commitment, them buying in and playing for each other is going to pay off in the long run,” Sides said. “Certainly I was hesitant coming in, I wasn’t sure what kind of buy-in we would get but these kids have been unbelievable.”

Twelve Jackets found the scoring column on Friday, including sophomores Dexter Barrett and Terrance Huntley, who scored 11 and 10, respectively.

“It was a true team effort,” Sides said. “It’s easy to do when things are going well but it will be a true test whenever we face some adversity whether we’ll support each other no matter what’s going on, but I was really pleased with our attitude and effort.”

Forest Hills travels to Central High in Pageland, S.C., on Tuesday.

Forest Hills boys 84, Mount Pleasant 44

Mount Pleasant (0-1)

Nathan Chambers 6 1-3 13, Austin Parker 3 1-2 7, Nick Coble 2 0-0 6, Trey Swaringen 1 4-4 6, Ben Drake 0 3-4 3, Chris Aistrop 1 0-0 2, Justin Green 1 0-2 2, Alex Taylor 1 0-0 2, Curtis Whitley 1 0-0 2, Steven Porter 0 1-2 1, Michael Bingham 0 0-0 0, Andy Hunt 0 0-0 0, Austin Miller 0 0-0 0,

Forest Hills (1-0)

Roderick Poag 7 1-3 15, Dexter Barrett 4 3-4 11, Jordan Blakeney 4 2-4 10, Terrance Huntley 4 0-0 10, Trae Harrell 3 0-1 6, Roshad Gibson 3 0-4 6, Chris Glidewell 3 0-0 6, Jarvis Wilson 3 0-0 6, Austin Perkins 2 0-0 5, Zaccheus Rorie 2 0-0 4, Tyler White 1 0-0 3, Kalief Harrison 1 0-0 2, Kendryk Barrino 0 0-0 0.

SNbS

MP^6^15^8^15 SEmD 44

FH^17^23^26^18 SEmD 84

3-pointers: MP 2 (Coble 2); FH 4 (Huntley 2, Perkins 1, White 1).

 

Forest Hills girls 76, Mount Pleasant 27

Mount Pleasant (0-1)

Ally Hunt 4 4-8 12, Jordan Coley 2 0-2 5, Tiffany Gill 1 2-4 4, Katelyn Koldback 1 0-0 2, Mikayla Ezzell 0 1-4 1, Victoria Harper 0 1-2 1, Courtney Wade 0 1-4 1, Jasmine Williams 0 1-2 1, Victoria Bost 0 0-0 0, Taylor Rinhardt 0 0-0 0.

 

Forest Hills (1-0)

Tonjai Everett 8 3-7 22, Shay Bivens 6 2-2 17, Tariah Harrell 4 5-6 16, Shuntel Kirkland 2 0-0 5, Toynika Hailey 1 2-2 4, Asia Raley 2 0-2, 4, Natalie Smith 1 2-4 4, Zanec Bivens 1 0-0 2, Kimberly Rivers 1 0-0 2, Onyx Burns 0 0-0 0, Jayla Cole 0 0-0 0, Heather Horne 0 0-0 0.

MP^0^7^5^15 — 27

FH^20^19^24^13 — 76

 

3-pointers: MP 2 (Coley 2); FH 10 (Bivens 3, Everett 3, Harrell 3, Kirkland 1).