FMS girls field experienced squad

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Forrest Middle School Girls

by Anthony S. Puca

Staff Writer

Lady Rockets Coach:

Sherry Jones (5th year)

Assistant: Todd Garrison

Coach Jones played high school basketball at Shelbyville High School under the tutelage of legendary high school coach Rick Insell. Jones was a member of two state championship teams and one National Championship team while at Shelbyville and was also part of the incredible state record 110 game winning streak. Jones played her college ball at Tennessee Tech and was also assistant coach on the current defending State Championship Lady Rockets. Jones said, "Coach Insell taught us not just basketball, but life. He taught us to think the game, not just play it." Coach Jones has passed this philosophy down to her Middle School squad as she advocates, "Religion, family, school, and then basketball."

Last Year's Stats

16-3 Record

4A 2004-2005 TNT State Champions

4A 2003-2003 TNT State Champions

Outlook for the Season

The FMS Lady Rockets should go deep into the postseason this year with an experienced squad that has been battle tested for years. Coach Jones said, "These girls have all been playing together since five years old, for as long as nine years, and many played for the Tennessee Flash before Middle School." Coach Jones will undoubtedly use her experience as a player under Coach Insell to instill the fundamentals of basketball and also use the great experience she gained as an assistant to High School Coach Robbie Reasonover during their Championship run from a year ago.