Lady Rockets enjoy home cooking

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Forrest Lady Rockets never left Chapel Hill over the holiday weekend, enjoying their home cooked turkey dinner with a sweep of the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic, beating Richland on Friday and followed the win over the Lady Raiders with another win over Tullahoma on Saturday.

Richland, ranked along with Forrest in the Associated Press's Top 10 for most of 2007-2008 are in a re-molding process, just like the Lady Rockets.

Gone for Richland are Rachel Glidden and Anna Bell, two players who kept the Lady Raiders ranked for almost two years.

Jasmine Duke, one of the best post-players in Class A remains and she was the Lady Rockets' focus of attention on Friday.

Duke managed 17 points, but was outdone by Forrest's Beth Hawn, who scored a game high 25 in the Lady Rockets' 51-32 win.

Hawn opened the scoring in the contest before Duke scored seven straight points, including a long three-pointer to give Richland a 7-2 lead.

A Megan Porter steal and score made it 7-4 and a Hawn basket at the end of the quarter made it 7-6, Richland.

Porter hit a jumper to begin the second quarter followed by a Thea Ledbetter three-bomb to make it 11-7, Lady Rockets.

With 3:19 left in the second quarter, Richland's Katie Pierce was at the line for a one and one. Her first attempt missed, but bounced into the hands of Duke who went up for the put-back, but Hawn came across to swat away the shot, igniting the holiday crowd.

Hawn scored down the other end for Forrest, sparking a late first half run to lead 19-13 at the break.

There was no scoring until 4:34 of the third quarter when Duke flipped in a rebound to make it 19-16.

Hawn sparked the Lady Rockets once again, scoring four straight to make it 23-16. Moments later, Ledbetter nailed her second three-pointer of the game to give the Lady Rockets a twelve point lead and force a Richland timeout with 1:52 left in the period.

Duke would keep Richland in the contest, scoring five points at the end of the quarter as Forrest led 34-21.

The Lady Rockets put the pressure on and put the game away, scoring the first nine points of the fourth quarter to bust the game open.

Hawn did the initial damage on a three-point play on the Lady Rockets' first possession to make it 37-21. Porter and Ledbetter each scored a basket in between another Hawn bucket, expanding the lead to 43-21.

Richland would not come back in the game, losing 51-32.

Besides Hawn's 25 points, Porter scored 10 and Summer Waggoner and Ledbetter each netted 8 points.

Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean talked about the Lady Rockets' slow start in the ballgame, taking the blame when he said, " It is my fault the way we started, I did not have the team focused enough. I will have them focused for tomorrow (Tullahoma)."

Jean went on to say, "We still have some new things to put in and I want to give them all a chance to play. We will have it all figured out by Christmas."

On Saturday night, The Lady Rockets (3-1) blasted Tullahoma for the second time this season, jumping out to a big, 30-9 halftime lead before cruising home with an easy 41-31 win.

Hawn led the way once again with 21 points. Eight other players got into the mix with Waggoner and Taylour Allen each getting 4 points, Ledbetter had a three, Porter, Adrean Jordan, and Canaan Raines scored 2 points, and Randi Tombs had a single marker.