It's a problem No. 14 Forest Park has had before, even when the Bruins were en route to winning a state championship last year. One star starts playing well, so her four teammates sit back and enjoy the show.
It happened in the first half of last night's Northwestern Region quarterfinal against Brooke Point, keeping a struggling Black-Hawks squad in the game. But the host Bruins solved their spectator problem in the second half, allowing them to pull away for a 46-33 victory.
"We have a tendency to stand and watch and that's what I told them at halftime," Forest Park Coach Chrissy Kelly said. "It's gotta be collective. Somebody else has to step up because it gives us a stagnant offense when we just stand and watch. That's what happened Saturday night."
Kelly was referring to a 37-36 loss to Hylton in the AAA Cardinal District tournament final, which snapped a streak of four straight titles in that event. As poor as the Bruins' offense was that night, it was just as bad in the first half against Brooke Point (20-7), the AAA Commonwealth tournament champion.
The only player on either team who could do much of anything was sophomore Dani Jackson, who scored 13 first-half points to give Forest Park (20-5) a 19-9 lead at the intermission. As the Black-Hawks headed to their locker room, they had only two field goals but were not out of the game.
Their deficit dropped to seven in the third quarter, but two other Forest Park starters finally heeded Kelly's call.
Senior Candice Drakeford drained a three-pointer and followed it up with another basket, and sophomore Gerda Gatling converted her first three field goals of the game as the Bruins built an 18-point lead.
"That was huge," said junior Deidre Richardson, who scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter. "I think it was the turning point in the game, actually, since we were only up about seven."
No. 14Forest Park 46
Brooke Point 33
Planning to Be a Tar Heel:After attending Sunday's North Carolina-Miami game, Brooke Point junior Chay Shegog orally committed to UNC. Shegog, a 6-foot-4 center, was in foul trouble for most of last night's game and finished with seven points.
Up Next:GW-Danville will travel to Forest Park for tomorrow's 7 p.m. semifinal.