West Forsyth ends the Northwest Varsity Girls’ Basketball state reign

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West Forsyth ends the Northwest Varsity Girls’ Basketball state reign

Junior Thalia Carter guards a North Mecklenburg opponent. This photo is from the third round of playoffs.

Junior Thalia Carter guards a North Mecklenburg opponent. This photo is from the third round of playoffs.

Junior Thalia Carter guards a North Mecklenburg opponent. This photo is from the third round of playoffs.

Junior Thalia Carter guards a North Mecklenburg opponent. This photo is from the third round of playoffs.

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For the past three years, the Northwest Varsity Girls’ Basketball team has thrived and reached new heights. With three state championship appearances, three Western Regional Championships and two 4A State Championships, the girls put Northwest on the map.

This year, tables turned, and the girls lost 52-45 against West Forsyth High School Titans at West Forsyth on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight,” senior Elizabeth Kitley said, “We were prepared for it and we knew what we were going to do, but they got their shots.”

A player in particular, senior Callie Scheier, on West Forsyth scored 28 points and took a majority of the team’s shots.

“She really showed up, and we expected her to,” senior Cayla King said.

Scheier is a five-foot-two guard that can shoot past the three point line in pressuring situations, like Tuesday’s game.

“It was hard to full-court deny her the whole game because she’s really small and quick,” King said.

Northwest also showed up to play; junior Thalia Carter scored 16 points, junior Reagan Kargo scored 19, Kitley had four,  junior Megan Harkey also had four, and sophomore Jadyn Murray had two.

“(Carter) played really well and hit jump shots and (Kargo) handled the ball really well,” King said.

The first half was close and Scheier ended the half with a step-back-three that gave West Forsyth a one point lead. The third quarter closed the gap when the Titans scored 20 and the Vikings scored 11. In the fourth, Carter and Kargo drained threes and jumpshots, and the Viking inside defense forced outside shots. But, despite the effort put forth, the Vikings were not able to secure the win.

After the game, there was not a dry eye in the Viking locker room, as this was the last game with King and Kitley.

“It was really emotional, but really it was awesome to see how much everyone cares,” Kitley said. “I looked around and everyone was crying, even those who didn’t play.”

Kitley and King are keeping their heads high after this loss, and they hope that the Vikings will continue the great team after they graduate.

“Just realizing that we would never play with the team again and that we’d never be coached by Joyner again is unreal,” Kitley said.

Although, after four years of Northwest basketball, the seniors find it hard to believe that they’ll be at Virginia Tech in a matter of months.

“I feel like today after school, I’m going to walk into the gym (for practice), but everyone’s going to go home instead,” King said.

The Vikings also have high hopes for West Forsyth. Someone that can beat a back-to-back state champion deserves recognition.

“They’re not cocky like a lot of other teams and they play really hard,” Kitley said.

Head coach Darlene Joyner even shed a tear in the locker room after the game. She said she is very proud of the team and all that they’ve accomplished this year.

“I’m proud of (the legacy) and I hope that we leave a mark that (the team) can continue,” Kitley said.

Even though the seniors could not end their high school career with another state championship, they are still very happy with their last season as a Viking.

“Practicing was fun, and those are the memories that you make, and the ones that you miss,” King said.

Photos shown by Martlet Photography are from Thursday Feb. 28 of the game against North Mecklenburg.

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