Wesleyan girls fall at Forsyth CD

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

After playing well through the first half and most of the third quarter, things fell apart for the Wesleyan Christian Academy girls.

After trailing the Trojans by eight late in the third quarter, Forsyth Country Day scored 23 straight points in handing Wesleyan a 52-36 loss Tuesday at Forsyth Country Day.

“The momentum really swung their way in the fourth quarter,” coach Matt Barber said. “We didn’t come out as intense in the first half, and they did.

“I think their constant rebounding — we kept it at bay in the first half. But in the second half, them getting feisty and getting on the boards kind of got to us. That’s what I think finally got us.”

Anna Massey scored 18 points while Shelby Lennon and Holland Robinson each followed with eight to lead the Trojans (7-8, 1-1 PACIS 3A). Gabby Kozlowski scored 22 while Adair Sheppard had 13 to lead FCD.

After leading 20-14 at halftime, Wesleyan scored eight straight points to lead 32-24 with 2:01 left in the third. FCD, however, answered with seven straight to close the quarter and scored the first 16 of the fourth to lead 47-32 with three minutes left.

“They were rebounding and getting easy buckets, and we got a little disheartened,” Barber said. “Sometimes, momentum steamrolls. ... I really think they’re learning and trying. I think on of the things we need to do is learn to deal with pressure. That has been a nemesis for us.

“We tend to turn the ball over against ball pressure. I’m trying to encourage them to be aggressive.  So, we’ll continue to work on handling man-to-man pressure.”

The Trojans look to bounce back Friday at No. 2 state-ranked Greensboro Day.