It is World Tournament time, beginning tonight at Forrest Middle School and both Chapel Hill squads prepared for the annual event by sweeping Liberty Middle School on Thursday night.
The Rockets improved to 13-1 on the season with a 41-24 win over the Patriots, while the Lady Rockets evened their record at 7-7, blasting the Lady Patriots 41-10.
The Lady Pats opened the scoring in the contest and then watched the Lady Rockets score the next ten points, beginning with a Candace Daughrity bucket in the paint and ending with a Mandi Conley swipe and score. Liberty scored with seconds left in the quarter and trailed, 10-4 at quarter's end.
Conley scored her seventh point of the game to open the scoring in the second quarter, beginning another eight point Forrest run. Conley scored four more points before halftime, ending the first half with 11 points, while Scarlet Roberson scored four in the second period, extending the Lady Rockets' lead to 22-8.
Forrest put the game on ice, outscoring Liberty 8-2 in the third quarter to lead 30-10.
The Lady Rockets finished the job in fine fashion, pitching a defensive shutout in the fourth quarter to win going away 41-10.
Conley led all scorers with 13 points, Daughrity and Roberson each netted 8, Liz Burke scored 4 points in the contest, Hannah Phifer and Sara Jordan each tallied 3, and Julie Macey scored a deuce.
The Lady Rockets open up play in the World Tournament at 6:30 tonight versus Liberty and if they win their second round opponent will be the tourney favorite MTCS Lady Cougars at 4:00pm on Thursday.
Rockets start slow, finish strong to turn back Pats
The Rockets had a little rust on the engine to begin their contest versus Liberty, trailing 4-2 before Zach Horvath scored on a traditional three-point play to go up 5-4.
A Mark Pope bucket made it 7-4, Liberty's Josh Nave scored to make it 7-6, and Horvath scored again for a 9-6 FMS lead.
Nave nailed a three-bomb at the buzzer to knot the game at nine apiece after the first six minutes.
FMS head coach Robby Reasonover turned up the pressure in the second and the Forrest defense led the way, holding the Pats to a big goose egg in the second quarter.
Horvath set the tone, swatting away a Liberty shot on the first possession and Mark Pope provided the offensive firepower, nailing two long three's to send the home team into the locker room with a 19-8 halftime lead.
The patriots made a nice run to begin the second half, cutting the lead to just five points at 24-19 with just under three minutes to play.
A Pope bucket stopped the Liberty streak for a short time and a Jacob Daughrity jumper with just seconds left in the period gave the Rockets a seven point 28-21 lead, heading into the fourth quarter.
Brooks Lamb stretched the FMS lead to ten at 31-21 with a three point play in the paint to open the final period, sparking a big 10-3 Forrest run that ended with a Daughrity three-bomb.
The Pats would not score again the contest and the Rockets splashed down with the 41-24 win.