FOREST CITY – Matt Erpelding has been pleased with the play of the Forest City girls basketball team of late.
The Indians entered play on Monday, Feb. 4, with seven wins in their past nine outings, but Erpelding was looking for one more win, which could serve as the cap of that streak.
The Indians got that chance Monday as they entertained a Bishop Garrigan squad that had not only stood at 14-5 on the season, but also had handed the Indians a six-point loss earlier in the year.
Forest City got that key win as the Indians edged out in the fourth quarter for a 53-49 win.
“In the end, we did what we needed to,” Erpelding said. “We stuck with it and outplayed them the last five minutes.”
After a streaky first quarter, neither team took more than a five-point lead the rest of the way.
The Indians managed to eke out a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but they limited Garrigan to just seven points over the final eight minutes.
The Indians, who had not shot well from the free-throw line in the game, made all four of their attempts down the stretch to secure the win.
Noelle Jones had the hot hand for Forest city as the senior guard hit five treys – including three in the third quarter – and finished with 19.
Kelsey Koch overcame some second-half foul difficulty and finished with 10.
The Indians won eight of nine games, including a road contest against a tough Saint Ansgar team on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Erin Caylor had 12 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field with six rebounds.
The final score was Forest City 59, St. Ansgar 54.
Noelle Jones, a senior, had 11 points and six rebounds. Five other Forest City players (Kelsey Kock, Ellie Caylor, Kallista Larson, Makayla Kingland and Shae Dillvou) each scored at least five points.