Homecoming queen holds court in Chapel Hill

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Forrest Homecoming King and Queen Michael Phipps and Alyssa Gugger.

The Forrest Lady Rockets held their third annual basketball homecoming night last Friday night in Chapel Hill and lo and behold, the queen herself has her career night on the court, leading the team in scoring.

Alyssa Gugger scored a dozen points in the first half of a 57-13 rout of F.C. Boyd before getting a dozen roses at the homecoming ceremony.

Ten of Gugger's points came in the first quarter as the Lady Rockets lassoed the Lady Broncos right out of the gate to lead 18-2.

Gugger and Michael Phipps were crowned at halftime of the boys' game.

"This is very exciting," Gugger said afterward. "I am a little overwhelmed, but I am very glad. Coach Reasonover told us before the game that I would be open and when I get the ball, finish strong. He said if the three is open take it, if not dump it to the post and that is what we did."

Ayla Young lit the initial spark as she stole the ball on the Lady Broncos' first possession and galloped in for an easy lay-up. What Boyd Christian did not need was the crowd to get fired up and it did when Dakota Wesson stole the ball again and fed Young, who buried a long three-pointer to put the home team up 5-0

Gugger went to work after that, scoring 10 out of the 13 points. The Lady Broncos gave her too much space and she made them pay. The Lady Rockets' inside-outside attack continued at the outset of the second period when Lorrie Logue nailed an open three-bomb and then Summer Waggoner, who finished with 10 points, scored two from the line after being fouled in the paint.

With only four minutes left in the quarter, the Lady Rockets led 23-4 and went on for a big halftime margin of 29-7.

Reasonover played a variety of combinations in the third quarter and Forrest scored 12 points, with six coming on three-pointers by Gaby Bussell and Haley Mathis. Boyd Christian managed only four points and the lead was 30 points, 41-11 after three.

Forrest went to full reserves in the fourth period and the crowd got a great look at the bright future as many of the underclassman performed well.

Freshman guard Christina had a varsity high of seven points, including one three-bomb. Taylour Allen had a nice quarter with a two steals, a block and five points. Alex Martin also performed well and showed her outside prowess with a long three-pointer.