FH boys earn 'huge win' over Piedmont

Jackets wear down sixth-ranked Panthers in 69-63 win
Feb. 06, 2013 @ 09:19 PM

Forest Hills’ boys have had some ups and downs this season, but the Yellow Jackets may have turned a corner with a 69-63 road win over Piedmont on Tuesday.

The Yellow Jackets avenged a home loss to the Panthers, who entered the game 17-2 and ranked sixth in the 2A state poll by ncpreps.com.

“This is a huge win for us; I’m really proud of our 10 guys in the locker room,” said first-year coach Matt Sides. “Those guys deserve it. We’ve been pushing them all year long. We’ve been grinding on them and pushing them in practice ... It has been tough and we told them it was going to be tough.

“We weren’t going to just be good, we weren’t going to be great early. It was going to be tough and there were going to be some tough times. Give them credit, they’ve stuck it out and they’ve fought and they’ve practiced and they’ve gotten better. They’re learning a little bit now how not to settle for mediocrity. I’m just proud of them because tonight they played, for the first time I thought all season, 32 minutes as hard as they possibly could.”

Piedmont had a big second quarter, and used a 10-0 run to take a 15-point lead.

But the Jackets’ fullcourt pressure was taking a toll on the Panthers, who used just six players after halftime.

“We felt good about the pace of the game,” Sides said. “We felt the game was going at our pace and we were going to be able to wear them down eventually. We didn’t want to be down by 15. We understood we might fall down a little bit early but give them credit. Piedmont got some run outs in transition, (Qualen) Blakeney made some plays and they kind of out-toughed us a little bit around the basket early. I give our kids credit, they stuck with the gameplan and tried to create pace. I felt like that showed late second quarter and into the third quarter. Give our kids credit for not folding, they definitely had a chance to fold.”

The inside combination of Kalief Harrison and Roderick Poag played a big part in the Jackets’ biggest win of the season.

Harrison led the Jackets in scoring with 19 points and also had eight rebounds, while Poag had 16 points and 12 boards.

Harrison and Poag also had two dunks each.

Sophomore guard Terrance Huntley made four 3-pointers and contributed 17 points and eight assists for the Jackets, who outscored Piedmont 38-22 after halftime.

Blakeney had a game-high 20 points for the Panthers, while Brady Meggs and Cameron Tripp both had double-doubles.

Meggs finished with 18 points and 11 boards while Tripp added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Tuesday’s box scores

Forest Hills boys 69, Piedmont 63

Forest Hills

Tyler White 1 2-2 4, Austin Perkins 2 0-2 5, Camry Barbour 0 0-0 0, Terrance Huntley 5 3-4 17, Roderick Poag 7 2-6 16, Kalief Harrison 8 3-6 19, Kendrick Barrino 0 0-0 0, Jarvis Wilson 0 1-2 1, Jordan Blakeney 3 0-0 7, Zacehaus Rorie 0 0-2 0. Totals 26 11-24 69

Piedmont

Qualen Blakeney 8 0-0 20, Jeremy Anthony 1 3-6 6, Cameron Tripp 4 6-8 14, Austin Harding 0 0-0 0, Tanner Stringer 0 0-0 0, LJ Pettiway 0 0-0 0, Eli Hyatt 2 0-0 5, Brady Meggs 8 2-4 18, Jaden Funderburk 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 11-18 63

 

Forest Hills^16^15^23^15 - 69

Piedmont^21^20^12^10 - 63

3-pointers: FH 6 (Huntley 4, Perkins 1, Blakeney 1); PM 6 (Blakeney 4, Anthony 1, Hyatt 1). Rebounds: FH 38 (Poag 12, Harrison 8, Wilson 7); PM 35 (Meggs 11, Tripp 10). Assists: FH 20 (Huntley 8, Wilson 4, Harrison 2, Blakeney 2, Rorie 2); PM 16 (Anthony 4, Hyatt 4, Harding 3, Blakeney 2, Meggs 2). Steals: FH 13 (Huntley 4, Perkins 3, Poag 2, Wilson 2); PM 7 (Anthony 4). Blocks: FH 2 (Poag 2); PM 8 (Tripp 3, Blakeney 2, Hyatt 2, Meggs 1).

Forest Hills girls 60, Piedmont 50

Forest Hills

Tonjai Everett 5 2-6 12, Tariah Harrell 0 0-0 0, Heather Horne 0 0-0 0, Shay Bivens 6 3-5 18, Natalie Smith 4 0-1 8, Onyx Burns 5 1-4 11, Toynika Hailey 1 0-0 2, Shuntel Kirkland 3 1-1 7, Diana Mapuoletuli 0 0-0 0, Kimberly Rivers 1 0-0 2, Asia Raley 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 7-17 60

Piedmont

Jessie Purser 0 0-0 0, Ashley Wilson 0 0-0 0, Natalie Harris 1 0-0 2, Sam Boling 1 0-0 2, Jessica Prince 4 3-4 13, Abbey Mills 6 3-5 16, Jackie Price 5 3-4 13, Sarah Wylie 2 0-3 4. Totals 19 9-16 50

 

Forest Hills^15^5^25^15 - 60

Piedmont^13^7^13^17 - 50

3-pointers: FH 3 (Bivens 3); PM 3 (Prince 2, Mills 1). Rebounds: FH 39 (Burns 14, Everett 9, Smith 6, Kirkland 6); PM 34 (Price 9, Mills 9, Prince 5, Wylie 5). Assists: FH 16 (Everett 7, Bivens 5, Kirkland 3); PM 13 (Prince 5, Mills 5, Price 2). Steals: FH 14 (Everett 3, Bivens 3, Burns 3, Smith 2, Kirkland 2); PM 8 (Mills 4, Prince 2). Blocks: FH 2 (Burns 1, Hailey 1); PM 0.