FORESTVILLE – Forestville’s Lady Knights basketball team continued their dominating quest to repeat as 1A state champions with an absolute thrashing of yet another opponent. Behind the huge scoring night from Anissa Rivera, who finished with 34 points, Forestville pummeled Patterson Mill 89-37 to win the 1A North Region Girls’ Basketball Championship. “We tried to […]
FORESTVILLE – Forestville’s Lady Knights basketball team continued their dominating quest to repeat as 1A state champions with an absolute thrashing of yet another opponent.
Behind the huge scoring night from Anissa Rivera, who finished with 34 points, Forestville pummeled Patterson Mill 89-37 to win the 1A North Region Girls’ Basketball Championship.
“We tried to get (Rivera) going today,” Forestville Head Coach James Washington said. “We really worked on trying to find her on the trail. She found the open spots and we were able to get her the ball and she knocked it down. She was going so I just told them to just keep finding her.
“You never know with this team who is going to step up. That’s the great thing about this team.”
Forestville started the game off strong. The Lady Knights jumped out to 28-9 lead by the end of the first quarter due to making five three-pointers on their first six possessions. Aliyah Matharu scored 10 of her 19 first-half points in the opening frame, while Rivera scored 10 of her 24 first-half points in the first eight minutes as well.
“Coach told me to shoot when I was ready to shoot on the trail and just be prepared offensively. I was just ready to win. I wanted to beat them bad. Show no mercy,” Rivera said.
Star point guard Taleah Washington didn’t have the best shooting performance, but still contributed to her team in other ways. Although her shot wasn’t falling, she managed to dish out five assists and swiped three steals while scoring 11 points.
“I can tell she has grown into the leadership role,” Washington said. “She understands you can do it many ways, you don’t have to put the ball in the hole every time.”
Tyasia Moore was also a force for the Lady Knights with 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
“I’m so proud of all of them. Tyasia Moore, my senior, she got in early foul trouble but then she comes in and you see the dimension she brings,” Washington said. “She says ‘I want to have the Oscar Robertson games.’ I can put her anywhere on the floor from one to five.
“Defensively she’s all over the place. Her scoring has been down this year because she’s been so focused defensively.”
In the second half, Rivera and Matharu didn’t let up on the score sheet and the Lady Knights continued their crusade towards another state championship with their “show no mercy” inspired victory. Matharu finished with 24 points to go along with six assists.
“I feel like without my teammates I couldn’t have done any of it, so with their support and how we work in practice – it just made a big difference. They told me to go out and have fun and do what I do and that’s what I did,” Matharu said.
The Lady Knights now move on to face Forest Park at the SECU Arena in Towson on Friday, March 11 in hopes of moving on once again to defend their state crown.
“Tonight we just broke them early and it was kind of surprising because Patterson Mill has a great program,” Washington said. “They are back-to-back state champions. They’re well coached. I actually got to meet their coach last year at states. I have total respect for Patterson Mill’s game. We were just the better team today and we were ready.”