CUMMING — The Gainesville girls opened their season Friday night with a tough 63-51 loss to Forsyth Central on the road.
The Red Elephants (0-1) hung tough in the first half turning an 18-15 first quarter deficit into a 33-31 halftime lead. But the Bulldogs defense turned the tide in the second half.
Forsyth Central held Gainesville to just 18 second half points. The Bulldogs took a 47-42 lead into the fourth quarter and then pulled away down the stretch.
Lauren Teasley led Gainesville with 15 points as nine different players scored. Sadie Roach and Ariah Jeffers had 8 points each for the Red Elephants.
Gainesville returns to action on Tuesday traveling to West Forsyth.
LANIER CHRISTIAN GIRLS 52
TRINITY CLASSICAL 49
Faith Wasden scored a career-high 34 points Friday night to lead the Lanier Christian Academy girls to the win at home.
Wasden, an eighth-grader, also pulled down 4 rebounds and had a block as the Lightning (2-0) battled back from a 31-28 halftime deficit. The game was back-and-forth throughout as the teams exchanged 15 lead changes.
LCA led 12-9 after the first quarter but TCC exploded for 22 points in the second quarter. The Lightning defense, however, put the clamps on TCC in the second half allowing just 18 points as they mounted the comeback.
Reece Montgomery had 7 points, 12 rebounds. Ashley Avery just missed a double-double with 9 points and 13 rebounds, Camille Hoffman had 11 rebounds, and Hollie Beussee dished out 3 assists and had 4 steals for LCA.
Trinity Classical was led by Gracie Jones and Autumn Bone with 15 points apiece. Amanda Durant added 10 points for TCC.