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Forest Park rolling with Potts’ return

Photo by Jerry Jackson
Playing in her first home game since December of 2011, Forest Park junior Kayla Potts scored 15 points as the Lady Panthers cruised to a win over visiting Mount Zion.

Photo by Jerry Jackson Playing in her first home game since December of 2011, Forest Park junior Kayla Potts scored 15 points as the Lady Panthers cruised to a win over visiting Mount Zion.

FOREST PARK — From the opening tip, the Forest Park Lady Panthers sprung a trap that the Mount Zion Lady Bulldogs just could not get out of. The Lady Panthers forced 32 turnovers, 16 in the first quarter, on their way to a 53-17 home win.

Kayla Potts looked comfortable in her second game of the season, after missing a year due to knee surgery. She controlled the Lady Panthers offense and played aggressive defense.

A Potts steal and layup helped Forest Park (10-6, 7-0) jump out to a 4-0 lead and another Potts’ steal and score made it 9-2 with 3:38 left to play in the first quarter, prompting Mount Zion head coach Tiesha Wilson to call a timeout.

“Right now [Potts’] is about 75-80 percent,” Forest Park head coach Steve Cole said. “She has given us a lot more offensive control. Our turnovers have been cut in half.”

Potts led the Lady Panthers with 15 points. “She always could score,” Cole added.

Despite the good defense to start the game, missed Forest Park opportunities kept Mount Zion (3-10, 2-5) close midway through the second quarter.

A Dormasha Brooks three-pointer cut the Forest Park lead to 12-5 with 5:40 left to go before halftime.

Cole said he wanted to see his players convert more shots in the paint during the dry spell.

“We got two nice-sized girls inside. That’s what we’ve be working on, trying to finish inside.”

What they did not do on the inside, they did on the perimeter. Forest Park closed the half on a 15-2 run, highlighted by three-pointers from Tequilla Richardson and Potts. Up big the rest of the way, the Lady Panthers called off their trap in the second half.

Shakira Thompson finished with 12 points and Richardson contributed nine. Brooks led the Lady Bulldogs with seven points.

Up next for Forest Park is a Region 4A-AAAAA battle for first place, as they welcome in Drew on Saturday.