Cascade hands Forrest first district loss in two years
The Forrest Lady Rockets proved to be human after all, losing their first District 9-A game in two years Friday night in Chapel Hill by a 44-38 score to Cascade.
The loss to the Lady Champions was also the first loss at home in a district contest since Jan. 7, 2005 when they lost 58-41 to current FHS head coach Jeremy Jean's alma mater Moore County in an old District 11-A match-up.
Cascade had not beaten Forrest in their last twelve tries, dating back exactly five years to the day on Jan. 23, 2004.
The loss will surely drop the Lady Rockets at least one spot in the next AP poll to be released on Tuesday.
Forrest led by as much as twelve points early, holding a 21-9 after the first quarter and was still up by nine points at the half 27-18.
The home squad even scored the first two buckets of the third quarter before going completely cold from the field and being held scoreless by Cascade for the remainder of the period.
The Lady Champions began to get a hot hand, especially Millie Carter, who hit on consecutive three-pointers with just under two minutes to play in the quarter, bringing Cascade all the back, tying the contest at 31 apiece.
The ebb of momentum was still on the side of Cascade as they watched in glee an icy cold shooting performance displayed by Forrest from the free-throw line, in the paint, and from outside.
Jean said after the game, "They came out in a zone defense and forced us to shoot. We had plenty of open looks and could not make the shots."
Forrest had their opportunities to steal the win, but went 2-7 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, while Cascade went 7-12 in the period and 5-7 in the last two minutes to seal the victory.
The Lady Rockets shot a miserable 13 of 65 (20%) from the field in game.
The Lady Rockets (18-3, 8-1) are now just one game up on MTCS (18-5, 7-2) in the district standings with three games left. Forrest will host Community (11-8, 2-6) Tuesday before travelling to MTCS on Feb. 3 in a game that will probably decide the regular season district champion.
"There is no wiggle room left now," said Jean. "We have got to win the next two games. It is tournament time now and we have to start playing like it."
Asked about his locker-room talk after the game, Jean responded by saying, "I did not say much. I knew I was upset and I knew they were upset and I did not want to yell and spout things off until I watched the film. We will come back Sunday and have a real hard practice and get ready for Community."
Beth Hawn led Forrest in the scoring column with 17 points, followed by Megan Porter (10), Summer Waggoner (6), Bequi Bussell (3), and Adrean Jordan (2). Mary Katherine Potts led Cascade with 17 points.