It was not a good night for two Union County basketball teams. The Cuthbertson girls team and the Forest Hills boys squad both came up short in their attempts at state titles. Cuthbertson lost to Southeast Guilford, 55-49 and Forest Hills fell to Farmville, 86-71.
Although they didn't leave the Triangle with any rings, it doesn’t tarnish the work, effort, and achievement of both teams in the 2018-2019 season.
The Lady Cavs of Cuthbertson finished their season with a 29-4 overall record. The 29 wins is a program high along with the team’s first trip to the state finals in the school’s 10-year history. The Cavs’ season had an impact on Kayla Young, a four-year starter, that goes beyond wins and losses.
“This team just meant everything to me for the past five months that we’ve been playing,” Young explained. “Being around a good core group of good people is gonna be something to miss.”
Forest Hills, last year's 2A state champions, wrapped up their season with a 29-3 overall record. It’s not easy to defend a title and make a return trip to a championship game, and yet the Jackets put together another great season and an appearance in the finals. The Yellow Jackets might not have come up with a final win, but they handled their loss with class.
As senior forward Trey Belin stated in the postgame press conference, “I wouldn’t want to change nothing.” Belin continued, “If we could replay it and I knew we were going to lose, I would still do the same thing with my brothers. They mean everything to me. I don’t care if we win or lose; it’s a family forever.
Congratulations to the Cuthbertson girls and Forest Hills boys on tremendous seasons. The day and night didn’t end the way you all wanted, but nobody will ever be able to take away the memories made and the lasting friendships created by the bond of a team. Both teams were a credit to their school and community.
Chris Summerville was in attendance for both state championship game and provided us with some great photos. Check out the images below and the two full collections on his website via the links below.