On a bone chilling Friday night in Chapel Hill and with heavy hearts, the Forrest Lady Rockets overpowered Eagleville 64-34.
On Thursday, Lady Rocket junior Lorrie Logue suffered the loss of her father, Jerry Logue after a battle with cancer. Mr. Logue was a 1970 graduate of Forrest School and was an avid coon hunter, a formidable rook player at Little E's Market, and the Duck River Valley Conference's most valuable lineman during the Rockets' last unbeaten football season in 1968.
Beth Hawn poured in 26 points to lead the second ranked Lady Rockets to the blowout win, keeping Forrest in complete control of the District 9-A race and said afterwards, "We wanted to win the game for Lorrie and her dad. We dedicated the game to him. From now on, we will dedicate every game to him. We will play the rest of the season in memory of him."
Eagleville was in the ballgame, but only for a little while as the Lady Rocket's suffocated the visiting Lady Eagles with the new "Dork" defense that paid dividends with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter.
The score was 11-10 at the time in favor of Forrest and then the choking defensive pressure employed this week by FHS head coach Jeremy Jean kicked in, causing Eagleville to turn the ball over 15 out their next 20 possessions.
By the time the onslaught was over and the first half ended, the Lady Rockets had worn out Eagleville with the pressure defense, opening up a big 16 point lead.
Hawn scored 18 points in the first half, but gave credit to the new defensive scheme for her offensive outburst.
"The dork defense is much like our normal pressure defense, but it is more of a half court match-up. We worked hard in practice this week and tonight we came out and pressed hard. We were pressuring everybody."
The game was essentially over at halftime as Forrest kept pouring on the pressure, leading by 19 after three quarters before Jean went to bench for the entire fourth period.
The Lady Rocket reserves must have been listening in practice as well this week as they continued the plan to the end of the game, extending the big FHS lead to the eventual 30 point bulge by game's end.
Besides Hawn's 26 point effort, the Lady Rockets got 13 points from Summer Waggoner, six from Thea Ledbetter, five from Hannah Ledbetter, four each from Megan Porter and Adrean Jordan, and two each from Bequi Bussell, Canaan Rains, and Christina Curtner.
Forrest (16-2, 8-0) has a two game lead over MTCS (16-5, 5-2) in the district standings with four league games remaining.