Stories from Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Rockets start New Year with a bang
The Forrest Rockets began the New Year with a bang, splitting a dual match with Independence and Summit before a strong fifth place finish at the 2013 Dawg Pound Wrestling Tournament in Smyrna.
"This was our first tournament this year, so I was pleased overall with our performance as a team," said Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey. "But, I feel our wrestlers need to get more tournament wrestling in before the all-important Region Tournament in February."
Tigers falter late, drop to third place
The Marshall County Tigers have lost four out of their last five ballgames, but the latest setback was a big one as they blew a fourth quarter lead and fell to Spring Hill 49-42 Friday night in Lewisburg.
"Giving up the lead and ultimately the game is very disappointing," said MCHS head Coach Adrian Wilson. "We definitely let one get away from us."
Tigerettes back on track with win over Spring Hill
The Marshall County Tigerettes, coming off a trio of holiday tournament losses, took care of business Friday night at Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg with a big 56-37 District 12-AA win over Spring Hill.
All four of the Tigerettes' wins on the season have come against league foes, putting the Lewisburg girls in the thick of the district race.
MCHS (4-11, 4-3) jumped out to a huge 8-0 start versus the Lady Raiders, beginning with a Mecia Reed three-pointer, followed by a steal and score by Allison Hargrove and capped by another long three-bomb by Reed from the top of the key.
Rockets soar past Summertown
After suffering a 68-52 loss to Fayetteville the previous evening, the Forrest Rockets (10-7) got back in the win column on Saturday night by defeating the Summertown Eagles 66-51 on the road.
Summertown (2-12) appeared determined to defend their home court and trailed just 22-21 at halftime before seizing a 30-28 advantage early in the third quarter.
The Rockets, however, got their offense cranked up after that point and outscored the Eagles 38-21 the rest of the way to take home the 15-point victory.
Lady Bulldogs throttle Santa Fe
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs once again got the better of Santa Fe on Friday night, as they defeated the Lady Wildcats 45-25 at home to record their 10th straight victory over their District 11-A rival.
Cornersville (12-3, 5-0 District) buried the Lady Wildcats early and forged a 26-10 lead in the first half before opening up a 45-19 advantage late in the fourth quarter en route claiming the 20-point win.
Bulldogs bog down against Santa Fe
Cold second half shooting proved to be the demise of the Cornersville Bulldogs (2-13, 1-4 District) on Friday night, as they were defeated 56-43 by the Santa Fe Wildcats at home.
The Bulldogs held a 24-23 lead at the break, but Santa Fe (8-7, 3-2 District) quickly grabbed the momentum at the start of the second half and outscored CHS 33-19 over the final two quarters en route to recording their eighth straight victory over Cornersville.
Lady Rockets put scare into Summertown
On Saturday, the Forrest Lady Rockets (7-12) narrowly missed pulling off a big upset, as they dropped a 63-57 decision on the road to a strong Summertown Lady Eagle squad.
After advancing to the semifinals of the Class A State tournament last season, Summertown (12-2) held a 35-20 lead early in the third quarter, but the Lady Rockets came storming back and used a 31-12 run to pull ahead 51-47 with 5:10 left in the four period.