Second Straight Win Gives Forest Park Some Momentum Ahead of Region Tournament


Forest Park's Janiya Simmons (#22) looks for open teammate

On Friday, the Forest Park Panthers girls basketball team hosted the Mundy’s Mill Tigers in the second game of their season series as the Panthers looked to complete the series sweep and pick up their second straight win to help gain some momentum ahead of the region tournament. Forest Park would come out the gate in the opening period full steam ahead as they started the game on a 12-0 run and close out the first quarter with a 18-7 lead.


The Panthers were led by their backcourt duo of junior Jada Brown, who finished with 12 points, and sophomore Yasmine Allen, who led all players with 21 points. Forest Park’s defense was a major factor for them in Friday’s game as they would limited the Tigers to single digits points in every quarter of the game, including just four points in the second quarter. Forest Park would go on to pick up the 61-25 win for their second straight victory.


Up next for Forest Park will be Tri Cities in their final regular season game and then they will get ready for their region tournament. But, not looking past the Bulldogs, Forest Park head coach, Steven Cole, says they will need to make sure they “work on things” to improve their chances on making run in the post season. “What we’re going to do is try to concentrate on working some of the things we’re going to need to go far in the state playoffs.


Cole noted that Brown and Allen are going to be very important when it comes down to the success the Panthers will have over the next couple of weeks. “They’re both really good players. Jada is the leader of this team. Whichever way Jada goes, this team is going to follow. And Yasmine is a really good offensive threat. She attracts a lot of defense and that opens things up,” for other players Cole said of Brown and Allen.



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