Lady Rocket extend winning streak to six
The Forrest Lady Rockets did not have time to do some damage to their Christmas shopping lists over the weekend, spending the weekend doing damage to their opponents, beating Van Buren 65-55 in the district opener Friday night at home and then captured their sixth straight win with a blow-out 73-18 win at Culleoka on Saturday.
Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean was looking forward to the District 9A opener on Friday, but so were the Van Buren Eaglettes, led by Jaletta Grissom.
Coming into the contest, Van Buren had not beaten the Lady Rockets in the last four years and the Lady Rockets had no intentions of letting the inspired Eaglettes come away with the upset this time.
Grissom scored first, followed by a Caitlin Walker bucket to give the charged up Van Buren squad a 4-0 lead.
Forrest's Megan Porter quieted the traveling crowd with a bucket, but Grissom scored again to make it 6-2.
Beth Hawn poured in a jumper and then scored again off of a nice Bequi Bussell steal to begin a big, 15-point burst out for the Lady Rockets, who led 17-6 with under three minutes left in the period.
Hawn was huge in the big run, scoring 10 points in the quarter. Taylour Allen sliced and diced her way to four points, Summer Waggoner muscled her way to another four points, and the field general, Bussell controlled the rock and played a suffocating style of defense to help the Lady Rockets lead 27-15 after the first.
Hawn began the second period with another bucket before Van Buren cut the lead back to ten at 29-19.
Allen dove down the lane for a score to make it 31-19, but Grissom answered with a three-bomb to make it 31-22.
Waggoner got the next score, but again Van Buren spurted to trail by eight at 33-25. Waggoner answered the call in a big way, draining a long three-pointer from the right corner to open back up a 36-25 lead.
Grissom nailed another three, but so did Lady Rocket Thea Ledbetter and Forrest would lead 41-30 at the half.
Waggoner went off in the third quarter; scoring six of the first eight points to open up a 47-32 FHS lead.
Bussell stepped in front of Grissom to draw a charge on the next possession, sending Hawn ballistic on offense as the junior center poured in eight consecutive points to spread the Lady Rocket margin to 55-32.
By the time the third period was over, Hawn had scored for more points for a total of ten in the quarter, spreading the Forrest led to an insurmountable 60-37 bulge.
Jean went to the bench in the fourth quarter, giving the Eaglettes a chance to comeback.
Van Buren scored seven straight to open up the quarter, but a deep Haley Mathis three-bomb quelled the Eaglettes rush.
The final margin of ten points would be as close as Van Buren would get, continuing the Forrest winning streak over the Eaglettes.
Hawn finished with 28 points in the game and said afterwards, "It feels really good to win the district opener. We are really getting along as a team, on the court and off the court."
Hawn added, "They (Van Buren) played great in the first half and at the break coach told us that we had to come out hit them like a semi in the second half and we did."
Waggoner had her best game of the year in the scoring column, notching 17 points, Allen netted 8, Porter 4, Ledbetter and Mathis each had 3, and Bussell scored 2 points.
On Saturday night in Culleoka, the Lady Rockets (6-1) took no prisoners, blasting the Lady Warriors in the 55-point victory. The Lady Rockets led 57-15 at the half and nine players got into the scoring column, led by Porter with 19 points, Hawn with 18, Waggoner 8, Canaan Raines and Adrean Jordan had 7, Thea Ledbetter scored 6, her sister Hannah netted 4, and Bussell and Randi Tombs each had 2 points.