Forrest Rockets and Lady Rockets have victorious homecoming
by Anthony S. Puca
The second annual Forrest Rocket Basketball Homecoming was Friday night against F.C. Boyd Christian School as the games also signaled the opening of District 9 play. The Boyd squads were overmatched in both games as the Lady Rockets cruised to a 59-16 victory and the men crushed the Broncos 78-18.
The Lady Rockets jumped on the Lady Broncos from the opening whistle and never let up as they pressured the visitors into committing a myriad of turnovers which resulted in easy baskets and a 16-0 first quarter shutout.
The second quarter was no different as the Lady Broncos were unable to break the press by Forrest and continued the turnover fest that led to a 32-5 half-time score. Forrest head Coach Robby Reasonover used his entire bench throughout the night to keep his starters injury free, try some different combinations, and treat the visiting squad with respect.
The second half of the game gave many players on the Forrest squad that normally do not get the opportunity to play a chance to compete on Homecoming night and they all gave a great effort. Kensie McKee, Taylour Allen, Thea Ledbetter, Lorrie Logue, Alyssa Gugger, Megan Porter, Randi Toombs, Shelby Stinnett, and Haley Mathis all played and gave coach Reasonover a chance to see them perform under game conditions. Haley Mathis gave the crowd a great performance in the fourth quarter as she scored from inside, hit a three pointer, and ran the floor from end to end at a fevered pitch.
Coach Reasonover show-ed great sportsmanship in the way he used his squad against Boyd and said after the game, "My young kids got an opportunity to play and execute what we do in practice." Asked about where he sees his Lady Rocket squad at this point of the season, Reasonover said, "We are not where we want to be yet, but we are moving in a better direction. By Christmas we will find out what works." The Lady Rockets lost 61-42 at Summertown on Saturday and are 4-5 on the season with an away game match-up against District rival Cascade on Tuesday.
The men's Forrest Rocket squad also had an easy game on the Basketball Homecoming night against the overmatched Broncos and won going away 78-18. The Rockets started the game by feeding Corey Shankle in the low post and he virtually scored at will to give the home team a 25-6 first quarter lead.
The Rockets played their starters for only the first quarter and part of the second as head Coach Davy McClaran also displayed great sportsmanship in not intentionally running up the score on the Boyd team. The second quarter saw Forrest dominate in all phases of the game and they increased their margin to 31 points by the end of the half at 41-10.
It was a perfect night for the Rockets to use the bench as the Homecoming crowd got to see many players they had not seen the entire season take the court and play well. Many of the underclassmen saw their first action of the year and the crowd and the bench cheered them on as they display/private/var/tmp/folders.501/TemporaryItems/QXP41490066.qxped their talents. The final score was 78-18.
The Rockets also traveled to Summertown on Saturday and got a huge effort from Corey Shankle as he scored 40 points, hauled down 17 rebounds, and had 7 steals in the victory. Shankle is averaging 26 points and 15 rebounds a game this year.