Cross-Town Battle

Jack Clegg, Staff Writer

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When Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Central battle it out on the hardwood, you can almost be assured that it’s going to be an instant classic. Last year, the two battled it out in the first round of the playoffs at a game hosted by Forest Hills Northern. FHC came into the game undefeated. Forest Hills Northern was beating FHC all the way through the 3rd quarter, but the game was lost in the 4th when FHC went on a large run to seal the win.

This year, FHN had plans to get them back.

“We came into this game really working hard and looking for total redemption over last year’s loss. With FHC being our rivals, we wanted this one more than anything,” said Nolan Schroeder, who started for FHN.

The hard work looked like it was paying off. Right from the tip off, Nolan hit the first 3 of the game to go up 3-0. This was followed by 2 more 3’s from Forest Hills Northern, setting the tone early. Forest Hills Northern was up 11 points going into halftime.

After that, things changed. “Forest Hills Central made some great adjustments going into the 2nd half, and the zone they went into was very well run,” said FHN coach Joe Soules.

After halftime, FHC’s coach Ken George sent their team into a 2-3 zone which shut down FHN completely, forcing 8+ turnovers. FHC took advantage of these, taking turnovers and turning them into transition points. FHC ended up closing the game in the 4th quarter after some controversial calls fell in their favor, winning 57-49.

This pushed FHN to 0-2 overall, and FHC to 1-0.

The teams could possibly meet again in the division playoffs, where FHN meets Greenville, and with a win, would face FHC for a second time.

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