The Forrest Middle School Rockets, under the tutelage of Robby Reasonover, continued their early season hot streak on Thursday, winning 36-31 in Chapel Hill over Cascade to move to 4-1 on the season.
The Rockets blew away the Champions from the get go, scoring the game's first 15 points. Zach Horvath had seven points, Brooks Lamb scored six, and Tyler Rumley nailed a big three-pointer in a balanced first quarter scoring attack.
The offensive outburst, combined with a blanketing pressing defense that forced five Cascade turnovers, enabled Forrest to jump out to a commanding 22-3 first quarter lead.
Reasonover went to his bench for the entire second quarter and the Rockets held serve with both teams, scoring just four points. Wes Stringfield and Amani Phipps scored the buckets, sending Forrest to the halftime break, leading 26-7.
Reasonover sent his starters back to floor in the second, but just for a few minutes as Lamb scored four straight points and Horvath two, before the Forrest bench emptied for good, leading 32-9.
The Rockets' younger players got some great court time the rest of the contest and brought home the victory.
Lamb led all scorers with 10 pints, Horvath had 9, Jacob Daughrity scored 5, Stringfield and Rumley each tallied 4, and Phipps and Mark Pope had two points.
Lady Rockets going through growing pains
While the FMS boys have come out of the gate strong, the girls have not.
Growing pains and frustration continued for the Lady Rockets versus arch rival Cascade, ending in a 30-25 loss by Forrest.
First year head coach Jessica Inlow said after the game, "I am really frustrated to know we have such a good team and they pick and choose when they want to play. We have got to put four quarters together if we want to be successful. We have got to come together."
The Lady Rockets started the game in slow motion, turning the ball over seven times and fell behind 8-0. Luckily, the Lady Champions also started slow and when Mandi Conley finally scored for Forrest with .22 left in the initial period, the home team trailed by just two points as the buzzer sounded.
Forrest also began the second quarter, just as they began the game and fell behind 12-4 before mounting a nice comeback late, to trail 14-10 at the half.
The third quarter was the pivotal period in the game as Cascade scored ten straight after the break to open a big, 24-10 lead.
The Lady Rockets only scored four points in the quarter, trailing 26-14 after three.
Forrest got hot and started to mount a serious comeback, beginning the fourth quarter by scoring six straight, while holding Cascade scoreless to trail 26-20 with 1:44 left in the game.
The Lady Rockets could not get any closer than five points, falling to 1-4 on the season after the 30-25 loss.
Conley had 10 points to lead the Forrest scoring, Hannah Phifer and Candace Daughrity each had 5, Scarlet Roberson netted 3, and Elizabeth Burke had a lone bucket. Cascade's Haley Edmonson led all scorers with a dozen points.