FMS notches first post-Garrison win

Friday, January 11, 2008
Logan Wheeler kisses the rock off the glass for a first quarter bucket in the paint.

When former Forrest Middle School Head basketball coach Todd Garrison left for a new job in Kentucky after the World Tournament in December, it was expected that the program might miss a beat in the New Year.

Tell that to Moore County, who took a 34-18 pounding Tuesday at the hands of the Rockets.

"The boys reacted well and the credit has to go to coach Garrison who left the program in great shape," said Davy McClaran, varsity coach at Forrest who took the reigns as the interim coach.

He and Garrison were always on the same page, McClaran said. "There was not really a big change of philosophy," he added. "Defensively there was no change whatsoever and offensively the team adjusted well to some minor changes. This is just a great group of kids."

Forrest wasted no time putting space between them and the Raiders early on, jumping out to an 11-3 first quarter lead. The strategy was clear from the outset. The Rockets scored all 11 points in the low post with Zach Ray dominating the paint for six markers, Zach Horvath had three, and Logan Wheeler two in the quarter.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.