Graham Sporting Goods High School Basketball Tonight:Big Battle with Panthers versus Titans

*****Did some more checking today and the Jones twins, Jessica #23 and Jasmine #15, are just juniors….Hard to believe that those kids are only in the 11th grade, but they are…*****

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Girls Final:
West Forsyth 48
Dudley 35

Jessica Jones with 21 and Jasmine Jones 10 points to lead the West Forsyth Titans to the win….It was one of those ‘Jones owns the Night’, kind of nights…With the Jones twins in there, especially Jessica, Dudley could not get it going in the second half..The fans that were there would probably agree with me, Jessica Jones(#23) is one of the best players in the state, for girls high school basketball….Jessica Jones can do it all and she mainly plays like a guard/wing….The kid had it going on tonight…Jasmine Jones got ejected for throwing a flagrant elbow, and those Jones girls/twins are tough…I think West Forsyth was the team that knocked Southwest Guilford out of the girls’ West Regionals last year and West Forsyth may have been our West Regional rep in the 4-A State Title game, versus Raleigh Millbrook…

West Forsyth did not allow Dudley to run tonight….The Panthers were forced to play deliberate basketball by the Titans and Dudley has always seemed to attcak best when they can get out and run behind Moriah Davis and Essence Abraham…West Forsyth controlled the entire tempo of the game and the Titans had a guard named Perez and she did a very good job of running the Titan offense and helping to set up the defense…..

They led by only six points at halftime, 31-25, but West ran out to a 12-point lead quickly as the second stanza got under way….Hence the final number of 13 points, with the 48-35 West Forsyth Titans victory….It was not as close as that score shows…Dudley never really made any serious runs in the second half and they were never able to run the way the Lady Panthers like to run and West Forsyth made sure of that, with their tight Titan defense….

At the end of three periods West was comfortably in front 43-28….It was about that time that Essence Abraham from Dudley took that Jones’ elbow to the head and the game lost much of its intensity from both sides, from that point on……

Dudley showed a little bit of life after their fallen teammate Abraham went down, but there was not enough Panther Energy, to put any kind of dent into that Titan advantage….

For Dudley on the night the Panthers were led unofficially in scoring by Mo Davis with 11 points, Maize added 9 points, Essence Abraham contributed 8, Currie was there with 4, Lena hit for two and Carter put in one point for the Panthers….

West again was led by Jesica Jones with 21 points, Jasmine Jones got 10 pts., Perez hit for 9, Washington and Egbunah scored two each plus Rogers got on the board with a free throw….

The difference again tonight was the fact that Dudley couldn’t run, West Forsyth took their running game away, with tight defense and made baskets…The made baskets allowed West to set up some traps and the traps did not completely stop Dudley, but they did slow them down some….

Got the feeling that we will see West Forsyth again down the road somewhere in the playoffs, this season……

Good test for Dudley tonight and now the Panthers know some of the things that they need to work on in practice….The entire Metro 4-A Conference would have trouble with the Joneses and as we found tonight, “It is hard to keep up with the Joneses”, from West Forsyth……

Final again, West Forsyth 48, Dudley 35……