FORESTVILLE – The Forestville Lady Knights showcased their skills on Friday night as they proved once again why they are the second-ranked girls’ basketball team in Maryland by blowing out Largo, 84-34. For a school that is looking for as much support as possible just to remain open, the Lady Knights – a team coached […]
FORESTVILLE – The Forestville Lady Knights showcased their skills on Friday night as they proved once again why they are the second-ranked girls’ basketball team in Maryland by blowing out Largo, 84-34.
For a school that is looking for as much support as possible just to remain open, the Lady Knights – a team coached by alumnus James Washington – is definitely turning heads and giving school officials a reason to think twice about shutting down the Prince George’s County school.
“I can’t complain too much,” Washington said. “A 50-point win against a team like that? I’ll take it because (Largo) has no quit in them. We still have a lot to work on, but the girls have me feeling confident. We have to get better game by game to become a nationally ranked team.”
Before Washington took over as coach, the Lady Knights had never played for a state championship and hadn’t made a semifinal appearance in three decades. However, in his first year as coach last year, he took Forestville to the championship and won 54-38 over Southern-Garrett.
This year the Lady Knights are looking to become a national power and have loads of talent, including Syracuse commit Kiara Smith and Old Dominion commits Taleah Washington and Tyasia Moore. Their goal is to win another state championship with a perfect season.
“Against the better two teams in the county, Gwynn Park and Largo, I think they helped us prepare and helped me prepare, because in this county you know how the intensity is,” Washington said. “They beat our butts two years in a row.
“We’ve got bigger goals. Of course we’re defending champs, but we also have some national competition on our schedule and I would love to help put this school on the national scene. That would be big for our community.”
Washington finished with 19 points, including four three-pointers. Eleven of her points came in the first half. She quickly added six on two threes to start the game in which Forestville jumped out to a 16-4 lead.
“I just wanted to make sure that I came out hot and helped my teammates out.” Taleah said.
“My baskets were falling early and I was able to help my teammates and give them open looks.”
Her teammates benefitted greatly as Anissa Rivera finished with 17 points, with eleven of those in the first half as well. Rivera also dominated on the glass, as well as defensively.
At the half the Lady Knights led 33-8.
“Individually I think I did pretty well. I could have done better defensively, but overall we were ready for war. We were bound to win that.” Rivera said. “Just stay positive, just stay in it. Don’t lose your focus. The crowd was into it to and that really helped us.”
Aliyah Mathary also added 16 points for the Lady Knights, with fourteen of those points coming in the second half.
“I think that as a team we have ‘it’. If we keep working and putting in the work that we’ve been doing then we’ll be the best,” Mathary said.
Largo attempted to rally in the third quarter by scoring 20 points, but Forestville scored 19 in the third to take a commanding 52-28 lead into the fourth.
In the final quarter, the Lady Knights showcased their talent and exploded for 32 points while holding Largo to just six in the final frame. Lobs, crossovers and behind the back passes had the crowd in a frenzy as the home team put an exclamation point on their 50-point victory.
Their domination over Largo moves the Lady Knights to 4-0 on the year.
“Stay undefeated,” Washington said about this team moving forward. “Win them all. Every. Single. One. It’s bound to happen.”