Rockets turned back by Cascade
The Forrest Rockets traveled to Wartrace Monday night, having lost four of their last five ballgames. Forrest was hoping to get back on the winning track and right the ship, but Cascade had other ideas, handing the visitors a ten-point 53-43 loss.
Kyle Gugger scored off the opening tip, but was matched by a basket from Cascade's Jacob Carcuff.
Seth Brothers hit one of two from line for the Rockets for a 3-2 lead before Gerald "Happy" Johnson flew in for an acrobatic lay-in to make it 4-3 Cascade.
Cascade pushed out to a 9-5, setting up four straight points from the Rockets by Ferris Perkins to knot the game at nine.
A subsequent six-point run by the Champions made the score 15-9 before Gugger scored for FHS with just seconds left to make it 15-11, Cascade after one period.
Cascade scored five straight to begin the second quarter, forcing a Forrest timeout with 6:54 left in the half.
Forrest tightened up their defense, but Cascade still went ahead 22-12 midway through the quarter. Kyle Griffy scored to cut the lead to eight, followed by a Perkins bucket, cutting the lead back to a half dozen.
The six point lead remained for Cascade at 24-18 when the Rockets made their move, scoring on a Perkins free throw and a Kyle Anglin jumper in the lane to make it 24-21.
That would be as close as the Rockets would get the rest of the game as Cascade scored eight straight to end the half, leading 29-21.
Cascade scored first in the third quarter before Seth Brothers scored three points as the Rockets tried to hang on. After two free throws by Carcuff pushed the lead back to nine, FHS head coach Davy McClaran used another timeout.
Perkins scored out of the timeout, cutting the Cascade lead back to seven, but once again the Champions made a late quarter run to lead 38-28.
Gugger skied for a tip-in on the first possession for Forrest in the fourth quarter and after Cascade was whistled for an offensive foul, Colin Henson scored to cut the margin to six points at 38-32.
Cascade went ahead by nine at 42-33, but the Rockets did not quit, scoring on a Gugger bucket and a three-point play in the paint by Parker Holton, cutting the Cascade lead to just four at 42- 38.
The Rockets would not get any closer the rest of the contest as Cascade went on a game ending 11-5 run to close out the Rockets.
Forrest (3-6, 1-2) was led by Perkins, who scored 12 points, Brothers had 10, Gugger netted 9, Henson had 6, Anglin tallied 4, and Griffy had a single bucket.