Lady Rockets get first win for Jean

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Forrest first-year head coach Jeremy Jean took the bench for the first time last Tuesday versus Class A juggernaut Clarkrange and got christened by the Lady Buffaloes, losing 62-31.

On Friday night, the Lady Rockets bounced back in a big way, hammering the Tullahoma Lady Wildcats 62-40 in a Hall of Fame game, giving Jean his first win at Forrest.

"It feels good to get that monkey off my back," Jean said, smiling after the contest.

Jean added, "The girls played good the whole game, real intense, making shots. It was a good night."

After being held to just 8 points versus Clarkrange, junior Beth Hawn matched that total in the first quarter versus Tullahoma and ended up with a game high 18 points to spark the Lady Rockets' offensive onslaught.

Megan Porter scored off the opening tip for a 2-0 lead before Olivia Barlow nailed a three-pointer for Tullahoma.

Hawn scored her initial bucket of the game to make it 4-3 and then scored again for a 6-3 Lady Rocket lead.

After a Lady Wildcat miss, Thea Ledbetter rained down a long three from the right circle to make it 9-3. Another Tullahoma miss led to a rebound and put-back by Porter at the other end and an 11-3 Forrest lead.

Tullahoma would score four straight points before Hawn dropped in four points and Taylour Allen ended the quarter with a nice steal and lay-in as the buzzer sounded.

Tullahoma in-bounded the ball for the second half and missed a jumper where the ball bounced long to Bequi Bussell, who threaded the needle with a nice pass to a streaking Adrean Jordan for a lay-up.

Hawn made it 21-7 with a bucket down low on the next trip down the floor.

With the score 21-10, Allen dove down the lane for a lay-up and was fouled. She converted the three-point play for a 24-10 lead.

Tullahoma got close at 28-17, but the Lady Rockets ended the half with a 13-0 run that essentially put away the Lady Wildcats for good.

The Lady Rockets played a steady third period, outscoring the home team 11-10 to lead 52-28 after twenty-four minutes of play.

Forrest kept pouring it on in the fourth quarter to take the 22-point win as Jean took the opportunity in the second half to use many different combinations to prepare for the rest of the schedule.

Jean said, "Tonight is just came down to everybody playing hard. I don't care what the score is, if you are not going to play hard, you are not going to get in. Tonight they all played hard, so they all got in."

Jean has a lot of talent on the roster and has plenty of time to find the proper mix before the meat of the season begins when district play opens up in early December.

Hawn's 18 points led the balanced Forrest scoring attack. Porter had 10 for the second straight contest, Allen pitched in with 9, freshman Adrean Jordan got her first varsity points, scoring 8, Ledbetter had 7, Summer Waggoner scored 4, Haley Mathis notched 3 points, Bussell scored 2, and Amanda Daughrity got a single point.