Lady Rockets cruise past Eagleville
The Forrest Lady Rockets continued their nearly six-year domination over Eagleville, winning for the fifteenth consecutive time versus the Lady Eagles in a game that was never close.
Eagleville has not defeated the Lady Rockets since Feb. 11, 2003.
The 52-35 Forrest conquest on Tuesday night in Eagleville started just the way that Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean has envisioned and the early game domination is reminiscent of the past four years when the Lady Rockets would crush their opponents early and never let them get back into a game.
In the post game interview, Jean said, "We are getting better at coming out of the gate and getting ready to play. That is the way we want to play and starting early is a big plus for us."
Jean added, "Defensively, we went man to man, full court, all the time. We were more focused in our defensive effort tonight then we have been in the past."
That was an understatement.
The Lady Rockets poured it on from the outset of the contest on both ends of the floor. The stifling man to man blanket defense led to a bevy of Eagleville turnovers in the first quarter and when they did get a look at the basket, they were not good ones.
The defense was so good Eagleville did not score until there was just 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
After turnovers by each team in their initial possessions, Thea Ledbetter banged home a jumper from the corner to get the Lady Rockets off and running.
Eagleville turned the ball over for a second time, but the Lady Rockets could not convert.
Julia Adamowicz went to the free throw line for the Lady Eagles, but missed both attempts, sending the visitors off and running.
Hawn missed, but Megan Porter was wide open for a rebound, flipping in one of her patented left handed follows to give the Lady Rockets a 4-0 lead.
Two possessions later, Hawn got on the board with a turnaround jumper in the lane to make it 6-0.
Soon after, Porter swiped the rock from the Lady Eagles and fed Ledbetter for an easy lay-in and an eight-zip lead.
Eagleville could not break the defensive code, turning the ball over again and Hawn made them pay the price, hitting another jumper in the lane to make it 10-0, forcing Eagleville coach Chris Lynch to call timeout with 3:01 left.
The timeout did nothing to change things for the Lady Eagles, who did not score.
At the other end, Porter was there again on another rebound and put back to make it 12-0.
Eagleville missed another field goal attempt with under 50 seconds to play, sending Forrest into a set play where Hawn took the up and under route to make it 14-0.
The Lady Eagles finally got rid of the goose egg with 12 ticks left on a driving lay-up by Adamowicz for a 14-2 FHS lead after one quarter.
Hawn scored to open the second quarter and then Taylour Allen had back-to-back swipes and scores to swell the Forrest lead to 20-2, forcing an early timeout by Eagleville.
Eagleville coughed up the ball after the huddle and Ledbetter hit nothing but net on a jumper, making it a twenty-point lead at 22-2.
The Lady Eagles scored four straight, but Hawn scored, Porter had her third put-back in the paint, and Allen sliced and diced her way through Eagleville traffic for six straight points for Forrest and a 28-6 lead.
Jennilee Lenker got two frees throws for Eagleville before Forrest ended the half with scores by Hawn, Porter, and Adrean Jordan for a commanding 34-10, halftime lead.
The Forrest starters came out for the third quarter, but did not score until Summer Waggoner hit a jumper at the 4:55 mark.
Taylor Grocock scored for the Lady Eagles to make it 36-10.
On the next Forrest possession, Ledbetter drove the baseline, got caught in traffic, but found a wide open Hawn with a pretty no-look backhanded pass to make it 38-10.
At that point, Jean had seen enough of his starters and went to the bench for the rest of the game.
Eagleville scored a couple of baskets before Haley Mathis drained a pure three-bomb to make it 41-16.
The third quarter ended with FHS holding a 43-24 lead.
Jean shuffled his reserves in and out in the fourth quarter, using a lot of different combinations.
Canaan Raines made two foul shots early, Randi Tombs drained a three-pointer midway through the period, and freshman Adrean Jordan got a lot of post time, scoring four in the quarter.
The Lady Rockets went on to win 52-35 to move to 7-1 on the season. Forrest will not be back in action until Monday when they travel to Wartrace to take on the Cascade Lady Champions at 6:00pm.
Hawn led the Lady Rockets with 14 points, Porter and Jordan each had 8, Allen and Thea Ledbetter had a half dozen, Toombs and Mathis each netted 3, and Raines and Waggoner tallied a deuce apiece.