Forge Basketball Gets Back In Their Groove

Ruth Chung, Media Manager

After a week of losses, on Friday the varsity teams took a trip to the hawk’s nest to face the Brooke Point Blackhawks for an in-county matchup. 

“We were tired but we knew we had a job to do”, Marin Curtin (‘25), said. 

The last two times the girls faced the Blackhawks, they won both matches. This game was nothing different. 

The seniors on the team really showed up for this game. Guard Carly Brimhall had 14 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Post player Makayla Stover had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Forward Kris Auguste, had a stat line of 9 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

The girls played tough defense and were productive on offense. They outscored Brooke Point 15 to 1 in the second quarter and 12 to 2 in the third.

The Eagles were flying too high and fast for the Blackhawks’ liking, blowing them out 49-21. 

“The game was a great confidence booster going into more of our district games. It allowed us to play disciplined basketball and overall play hard together as a team,” post Kris Auguste (‘23) said.

While the girls dominated, the boys’ game was a nail biter with Forge taking the 53-51 win. Caleb Francis (‘23), Elijah Wise (‘23), and Xavier Wilson (‘25) were the Eagle’s top scorers. 

Wilson (‘25) had a double double stat line of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Francis (‘23) shot three for five from the three point line, finishing the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out. Wise (‘23) had a solid performance of 13 points and 4 rebounds. 

“They’re a solid team, very physical team but not disciplined,” guard Elijah Wise (‘23) said about the Blackhawks. 

Throughout the game, the boys were trading buckets. Going into halftime, Brooke Point had the lead, but a strong third performance gave the boys a 7 point lead to head into the fourth.

The last minutes of the game were intense. Brooke Point fans were loud, stomping their feet in the stands while Forge fans were holding their breaths watching Elijah Wise (‘23) at the free throw line.

With less than 30 seconds left in the fourth and 53-51 Eagles up on the scoreboard, a Blackhawk lobbed the ball up to an open player. Forge players could only watch to make sure they didn’t commit a late foul. The Blackhawk missed the dunk, sealing the much-needed win for the Eagles. 

On Tuesday, Jan 17, the 7-8 boys will face the Massaponax Panthers. Boys are 2-3 in region play sitting at 5th place and the Panthers are 4-1 at 2nd place. The 5-9 girls will host the Panthers on the following day. Girls go into the matchup at 3-3 in the region while the Massaponax girls team is undefeated in the region.