FH girls whip defending champs by 19
Going on three years now, the girls basketball team at Forest Hills High has leaned heavily on the production of junior guards Tonjai Everett and Shay Bivens, and Friday was no exception.
Bivens had 20 points and six steals, both game-highs, in the Yellow Jackets' 48-29 home win over North Stanly, while Everett flirted with a triple double — finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Rocky River Conference while North Stanly fell to 4-2 and 0-1.
North Stanly went 27-2 last year and undefeated in the RRC, but lost most of its roster.
"I guess since it was a rematch of the conference championship from last year we both came out with a little bit of nerves," Bivens said. "We could put it up, we just couldn't execute our shots."
Forest Hills sophomore forward Onyx Burns had a game-high 11 rebounds, helping her team beat the Comets 50-37 on the boards. Senior center Toynika Hailey added seven points and seven rebounds for FH, which hosts Parkwood on Tuesday.
The Jackets took a 23-11 lead into halftime after outscoring the Comets 16-4 in the second quarter. Bivens scored eight points in the first half and Everett had six points, seven rebounds and four assists before the break.
The game was tied at 7 after the first quarter.
"We like to run a fast-paced game and we do it in an organized way but today we got off to a slow start," Bivens said. "We usually put up 76 points but today we just didn't hit shots or execute."