The Forestville Military Academy girls’ basketball team came up short in Saturday’s 1A North Region final, falling to visiting New Town 45-37.
Martasia Brown paced the Knights with 20 points and four steals, propelled by an 11-for-16 performance at the free throw line. Forestville was effective in a zone-press early, forcing 29 turnovers in the contest. The Knights took an early 5-0 lead, and finished the first quarter with a 13-11 advantage.
“We played well on defense early,” Knights coach James Washington said, “But in the second half we started forcing turnovers, and then turning it over ourselves.”
Foul trouble also cost Forestville late, as Kristen Horne (22 rebounds, 9 points) Octavia Hawkins (5 points) and Tierra Hawkins fouled out in succession over a three minute span in the fourth quarter.
“That’s how it goes sometimes,” Washington said. “Man, they left it on the court tonight. This is the first time our school has been to a region championship for girls’ basketball since 1985. I’ve never been as proud of a team as I have been with these girls.”
The Knights made a run early in the fourth — cutting the Titan advantage to just three at 37-34 — but a pair of Tiana Davis layups pushed the deficit back to multiple possessions.
Davis paced New Town with 19 rebounds and 14 points, while Destiney Taylor-Betts scored 10 with three steals.
“They played defense really well and it really came down to shooting free throws,” Titans coach Gina Young said. “Tiana Davis really stepped up. I don’t think I even took her out for a water break.”
The Titans (23-2) are scheduled to take on 1A South Region champion National Academy at Towson University’s SECU Arena on Mar 12.
New Town 45, Forestville Military Academy 37
New Town (23-2) 11 16 8 10 — 45
Forestville (10-9) 13 9 10 5 — 37
New Town: Tiana Davis 14; Destiney Taylor-Betts 10; Sydney Hines 9; Marian Smith 4; Candis Young 4; Mya Lewis 3; Kimoni Driver 1.
Forestville: Martasia Brown 20; Kristen Horne 9; Octavia Hawkins 5; Ochae Smith 2; Jahbelyn Bagley 1.