Rockets stun high-flying Eagles
Overconfidence, tired legs, the long-time heated rivalry between these two cross region opponents, whatever the reason or excuse that was floating around after the game did not hold much hot water as the packed house at Forrest left the gym in Chapel Hill after the Rockets stunned #9 Summertown 68-53 Saturday night.
For the Rockets, there were no excuses for victory. They felt this performance was an example of the way they should play every game.
"The seniors called a 2:30 practice today and we talked about needing some leadership on this team," said Forrest senior point guard Kyle Anglin after the big upset.
Anglin went on to say, "We talked about staying focused for an entire game and tonight you can see what happens when we play how we are capable of playing. This is the biggest win of the season for us. If we play like this every night, we will be hard to beat."
Anglin exemplified the type of leadership the squad was looking for, going full speed, end to end the entire night, especially in the fourth quarter when the Rockets staved off every Eagle comeback attempt.
The senior quarterback had ice water running through his veins down the stretch, swishing eight out of eight free throw attempts in the final period.
Summertown, who scored 127 points versus Hampshire Friday night, came into the contest averaging 82.6 points per game, but ran into a defensive effort by a Rocket squad that was poised and ready. The Eagles had very few uncontested shots in a first period that saw Forrest jump all over the Lawrence County squad from the tip.
Kyle Griffy scored on the Rockets' first possession to begin the coast to coast win.
By the time the first eight minutes was over, Forrest led 20-2 and the Eagles were in shock.
Summertown never recovered and the Rockets never relented, answering every Eagle attack with a counter-punch.
Forrest led 33-15 at the half and answered the third quarter bell by scoring first on an Anglin jumper to lead by 20.
Summertown would not challenge the determined Rockets for the lead in the second half, never getting any closer than 15 points to the Rocket lead.
FHS head coach Davy McClaran, exhausted and exuberant after the game said, "I am proud of every one of them. This is a good win, a big win for us. I just hope they are not satisfied with this. We have to remember what we did tonight and come back and do the same versus Culleoka on Tuesday. That will be another huge challenge."
Anglin and Ferris Perkins led the balanced Rocket scoring attack with 14 points apiece.
Seth Brothers, rounding back into shape after missing some games due to the dreaded wisdom teeth nightmare had 12 points and was big under the boards all night.
Kyle Gugger had 9 points in a great defensive game, Griffy jump-started the Rockets in the first quarter and finished with 7, Preston Pratt had 5, Colin Henson scored 4, and Taylor Gentry and Parker Holton had one bucket each.