After three tough consecutive road games to open the 2008-2009 season, the Forrest Middle School basketball teams finally got to come home Monday night, hosting Moore County.
Two of those road battles were games versus E. A. Cox and Whitthorne, both members of Tennessee Middle School Association's large school division.
The girls just cannot seem to keep it going for an entire game and dropped their third straight to remain winless on the season.
The three leading scorers for the Lady Rockets in the game were Hannah Phifer with 10 points, Mandi Conley had 9, and Scarlet Roberson tallied 8 in the 39-32 loss.
Forrest kept the game close for much of the first quarter before Moore County's Hannah Fanning drained a three-pointer to open up a 10-5 lead. Phifer cut it to three points when she was fouled under the basket with no time left, making two free throws as her team watched in the huddle.
The game went back and forth until Roberson stole an inbounds pass and fed Conley for the game tying lay-up with 2:14 left in the half. Forrest took their first lead of the contest at 15-14 when Roberson hit one of two free throws.
The Raiderettes turned the ball over and FMS called timeout where head coach Jessica Inlow called the perfect out of bounds play that resulted in Roberson catching a perfect back door pass from Candace Daughrity for two points and a 17-14 halftime lead.
Moore County scored nine straight points to begin the third period, opening up a 23-17 lead. Mandi Conley had the lone bucket in the period for the Lady Rockets, who trailed by nine points, 27-19, going into the final stanza.
The Lady Rockets fell behind by double digits in the fourth period, but kept on scratching and clawing to the end, outscoring Moore County 13-12, but finally succumbed by a seven-point margin.
Horvath leads Rockets to 3-1 record
Zach Horvath is proving early that he will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Horvath scored a team high 15 points for the Rockets, all the first half to spark FMS to a 46-37 win over the Raiders.
Horvath opened the scoring, hitting two foul shots on the Rockets' first possession.
Brooks Lamb made it 4-0 and Mark Pope's steal and lay-in made it six zip, FMS.
Moore County came back to tie the game at 8-8 before Horvath scored six straight to end the quarter with the Rockets leading, 14-8.
The Forrest lead went back and forth from four to six points until late in the quarter when Moore County tied the game at 21-21 on a bucket by Dakota Bateman.
Horvath kept the Rockets in the lead at 23-21 with two free throws, just before the halftime horn sounded.
Lamb got into foul trouble early in the third quarter and the game got tight. The Raiders came back to lead midway through the period at 27-25, but the Rockets scored five out of the last seven points to lead by just one point, going into the final quarter.
Dakota Zimmerman hit a lay-up to begin a 10-0 run to open the quarter and the Raiders never recovered from the blow and fell 46-37.
"We were very sloppy," said head coach Robby Reasonover. "The thing they did not do was finish shots we should have made. We let them hang around and it became a good game to the end."
Reasonover also said in the post game interview, "It was not bad for just three practices, I think a lot of them are still a little rusty from football. We will get some good practice in to get where we need to be."