For most teams, eight or nine players on a roster that can contribute is special, but for Forrest they are all contributors and Head Coach Robby Reasonover tries to use them all because he knows come tournament time they may all be called on when needed.
The players know it too and when they get their ticket punched at the scoring table to come into a ballgame, they are ready and they are hungry. Every year Reasonover tweaks the line-up and gives his players the opportunity to shine and it pays huge dividends.
Sophomore Shelby Stinnett got her chance to start about two weeks ago and she has made the most of it. Versus Cascade, Stinnett was a crucial sparkplug that got them going early. Stinnett, one of Forrest gunslingers from deep outside hit two big three-pointers early in the game for the Lady Rockets as the Chapel Hill hardwood heroines struggled early to find their range before destroying their district rivals with a pounding second half.
"I feel more comfortable now that I have been in the starting lineup for a while said Stinnett. Being in there has given me a chance to get the feel of how the other girls react and how they play."
Stinnett added, "We knew Cascade would be tough and coach Reasonover warned us of what to expect. One of our goals is to win every one of our district games. It is always tough; it was just a great job by all of us."
Cascade actually played Forrest very tough for the fist half as they only trailed 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and 25-16 at the half.
The second half was a totally different story as the Lady Rockets press and depth began to wear down the under-manned Lady Champions and Forrest built up a 17 point lead at 39-22 to go into the fourth period.
Reasonover went to various combinations in the second half and in the fourth quarter the Lady Rockets blistered Cascade 23-4 to win by the huge margin and remain undefeated in District 9A play. Community comes to town tonight and Forrest will surely go deep into the line-up again to try to wear down the Viqueens.
Ayla Young and Gaby Bussell led the Lady Rockets with 8 points each. Stinnett, Thea Ledbetter, Dakota Wesson, and Beth Hawn all had 6, Christina Curtner and Summer Waggoner had four, Haley Mathis and Megan Porter each nailed a three-pointer, and Blair Foster, Kensie McKee, Randi Tombs, and Alyssa Gugger had two points.