The Forrest Lady Rockets came into their Saturday night tilt at the Waynesboro Christmas Classic versus Collinwood shorthanded. Beth Hawn, injured at Community did not play and Amanda Daughrity stayed in Chapel Hill, suffering from an illness.
Playing shorthanded did not seem to bother the Lady Rockets at first, but as the game went on the Collinwood bench depth began to pay dividends.
Summer Waggoner got Forrest going, draining a three-pointer on their first possession. Waggoner stole the ball down the other end and Forrest went into a high low offense. A missed shot bounded to Waggoner, who made a pretty dish to Megan Porter in the lane for a lay-up and a 5-0 FHS lead.
Collinwood called timeout, but their play resulted in a missed shot, sending the Lady Rockets down court where Bequi Bussell threaded the needle down low to Porter, who laid it in for a seven-zip Lady Rocket lead.
The Trojanettes finally got on the board on a Trista Rich bucket.
A missed Forrest field goal was negated when Bussell swiped the ball and fed Canaan Rains, who threw down a long three-pointer and a 10-2, FHS lead.
Waggoner scored again to make it 12-2, but Collinwood scored six straight to make it 12-8.
Porter scored to make it 14-8, but Kara Jones drained a three for Collinwood late to cut the Forrest lead to 14-11 after the first quarter.
Collinwood went ballistic to begin the second quarter, scoring nine consecutive points to take a 20-14 lead.
Porter hit two free throws to stop the bleeding and followed that up with a bucket on the Lady Rockets' next touch to make it 20-18. Moments later, Adrean Jordan tied the game at twenty.
Collinwood scored four straight to go up 24-20 before Jordan scored again for FHS. Jones scored for Collinwood, followed by a Haley Mathis bucket for Forrest.
One foul shot by Collinwood's Blakely Robertson made it 27-24 in favor of the Trojanettes after the first half.
The Lady Rockets went cold and Collinwood got hot to begin the second half, going on a 12-3 run.
Porter hit a three-pointer to try to get the Lady Rockets back in the ballgame, but it was to no avail as Collinwood led 48-35 after the third period.
Porter hit two foul shots to start the fourth quarter and Forrest began a push to cut the margin, scoring seven of the first nine points in the period to trail 50-42.
The Lady Rockets cut not cut any further into the lead the rest of the ballgame and fell to 9-2 on the season with the nineteen-point loss.
Porter led the lady Rockets with 20 points, Waggoner had 10, Jordan netted 8, Allen and Rains each had three points, and Bussell and Mathis each scored a deuce.