Jackets rally past Pageland, improve to 2-0

Wilson's steal, dunk highlights critical run
Dec. 05, 2012 @ 05:37 PM


A three-year starter who has all-conference and all-county on his resume, senior forward Jarvis Wilson makes a lot of plays for Forest Hills High.
None was bigger than his steal and dunk late in the third quarter of the Yellow Jacket’ 92-76 win at Central High.
The Yellow Jackets (2-0) were trailing 43-40 at halftime, but opened the third quarter with a 25-8 run that was capped by Wilson’s dunk — giving his team a 65-51 lead.
The Eagles didn’t quit. They finished the third quarter with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to eight, and got to within two points twice in the fourth quarter.
FH was clinging to a 76-72 lead with 2:13 to play when Eagles top scorer Devin Johnson fouled out, sending Rashad Gibson to the line. Gibson knocked down two free throws and Central never got closer than five the rest of the way.
“We talked a lot at practice about when adversity was going to hit,” Yellow Jackets coach Matt Sides said. “We haven’t faced a lot of adversity yet. ... There was a storm in the first half. A storm hit and our guys found a way to bounce back in the second half. The problem is we can’t be satisfied with the performance. I give credit to Pageland. Pageland came out and was the aggressor tonight. Pageland came out and was scrappy and got up in us and bothered us. It put us on our heels to start with.
“The difference was in the second half we were able to show a little bit of poise, we were able to make some baskets. The most important thing for us was we were able to get some stops on the defensive end which allowed us to run and get out in transition.”
The Eagles had 22 steals, but the Jackets countered with 26 steals of their own.
The Jackets also dominated the glass (52-33), led by Wilson’s game-high 10 rebounds to go with his 16 points and six steals.
“I felt good about it, I couldn’t have done it without my team,” Wilson said. “Everybody contributed and helped out.”
Wilson said the Jackets kept their composure when they fell behind in the first half.
We just had to come together as a team and gel together and work together,” Wilson said. “Everybody came together as one and we kept progressing as the game went on.”
Gibson also had 16 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.
“We did good,” Gibson said of the strong finish. “We were down in the first half and coach told us to keep playing hard. ... We pressed a lot. Coach tells us if we keep pressing a team will break down. We went five in and five out and we pressed. They broke down.”
The Yellow Jackets will get their first taste of Rocky River Conference action on Friday night with a home game against North Stanly.

FH girls cruise again
Junior guard Tonjai Everett scored a game-high 22 points and also contributed seven rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead Forest Hills High to a 76-48 road win over Central.
Everett had 13 points and six boards at the half, helping the Yellow Jackets build a 30-22 advantage at the break.
Forest Hills pulled away by opening the third quarter with a 14-5 run.
The Jackets, now 2-0 on the season, had the game well in hand by the end of the third quarter with a 58-36 lead.
They have won their first two games of the season by an average of 38.5 points, including last Friday’s 76-27 home win over Mount Pleasant
Junior guard Shay Bivens also had a big night for the Jackets. Bivens scored 21 and had a game-high seven steals to go with five rebounds and five assists.
Senior wing Shuntel Kirkland added 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Forest Hills, and teammate Onyx burns, a sophomore post, had seven rebounds, six points and five blocks.
Malia Rivers led Central with 17 points and five assists and the Eagles’ Bianca Wallace scored 15 points while pulling down seven rebounds.

Tuesday’s box scores
Forest Hills boys 92, Pageland Central 76

Forest Hills (2-0)
Rashad Gibson 4 8-11 16, Austin Perkins 3 0-2 6, Trae Harrell 0 0-0 0, Terrance Huntley 4 2-4 12, Dexter Barrett 4 0-1 8, Roderick Poag 5 2-4 12, Kalief Harrison 6 1-6 13, Tyler White 0 0-0 0, Jarvis Wilson 7 1-2 16, Jordan Blakeney 1 0-1 2, Zaceheus Rorie 1 1-2 3, Kendryk Barrino 0 0-2 0, Chris Glidewell 2 0-0 4. Totals 37 15-35 92

Central (0-1)
Devin Johnson 6 5-5 21, Mitch Meadows 0 0-0 0, Deon Rushing 1 0-0 2, Cornelius Miller 6 1-2 13, Deonta Chambers 5 3-6 13, Dorian Robinson 3 0-0 7, Sam Caldwell 1 2-4 5, Travis Dickey 4 0-0 8, Andarius Melton 1 0-2 2, Tristan Stewart 0 1-2 1, DeAndre Wright 0 2-2 2, Devin Doster 1 0-0 2, Travae Hatton 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 14-23 76

FH  21 19 25 27 - 92
PC  17 26 14 19 - 76

3-pointers: FH 3 (Huntley 2, Wilson 1); PC 6 (Johnson 4, Robinson 1, Caldwell 1). Rebounds: FH 52 (Wilson 10, Harrison 9, Poag 5, Perkins 5); PC 33 (Chambers 7, Melton 6). Assists: FH 15 (Harrison 3, Huntley 3); PC 19 (Dickey 6, Rushing 4). Steals: FH 26 (Perkins 6, Wilson 6, Gibson 5, Harrison 5); PC 22 (Dickey 5, Johnson 4, Meadows 3, Stewart 3). Blocks: FH 1 (Harrison); PC 2 (Chambers 2).

Forest Hills girls 76, Pageland Central 48

Forest Hills (2-0)
Tonjai Everett 8 6-8 22, Tariah Harrell 1 1-2 3, Heather Horne 0 0-0 0, Zanec Bivens 0 0-0 0, Shay Bivens 10 1-2 21, Jayla Cole 1 0-0 2, Natalie Smith 2 0-0 4, Onyx Burns 3 0-0 6, Toynika Hailey 2 0-0 4, Shuntel Kirkland 6 0-1 12, Diana Mapuoletuli 0 0-0 0, Kimberly Rivers 1 0-0 2, Asia Raley 0 0-0 0. Totals 34 8-13 76

Central (0-1)
Malia Rivers 6 2-4 17, Prianca Little 4 0-0 8, Bianca Wallace 5 3-6 15, Kamesa Price 0 0-0 0, Kailey Bowman 1 0-0 3, Heather McRorie 0 0-0 0, Ebony Seegars 0 0-0 0, Drucilla Sowell 0 0-0 0, Monique Little 0 0-0 0, Kimani Myers 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 6-12 48

FH  11 19 28 18 - 76
PC  12 10 14 12 - 48

3-pointers: FH 0; PC 6 (Rivers 3, Wallace 2, Bowman 1). Rebounds: FH 52 (Smith 10, Hailey 9, Kirkland 8, Everett 7, Burns 7, S. Bivens 5); PC 29 (Myers 8, Wallace 7). Assists: FH 17 (Everett 5, S. Bivens 5, Kirkland 5); PC 11 (Rivers 5, Wallace 4). Steals: FH 19 (S. Bivens 7, Everett 4, Hailey 2); PC 3 (Wallace, Sowell, Myers). Blocks: FH 11 (Burns 5, Hailey 2); PC 2 (Wallace, Myers).