Lady Rockets bounce back, showdown looms at MTCS

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Forrest Lady Rockets bounced backed from their stunning upset loss to Cascade, whipping Community in a 49-35 senior night win in Chapel Hill Tuesday Night.

The win, coupled with Middle Tennessee Christian School's victory over Eagleville sets up a Friday night showdown in Murfreesboro between Forrest and the Lady Cougars for first place in District 9-A.

Forrest (19-3, 9-1) won the first match-up over MTCS (19-5, 8-2) in Chapel Hill 44-40 on Jan. 6 in Chapel Hill.

"I think we will win the game," said Forrest senior Summer Waggoner, who scored 12 points versus Community. "I think it will come down to who plays smart or not. It is going to be a good test of our ability and we are looking forward to the challenge."

The Lady Rockets wasted no time, busting out of their shooting woes from the Cascade debacle when Thea Ledbetter drained a three-pointer off of the opening tip and Forrest never looked back, bursting out to a 15-5 first quarter lead.

The second quarter started the same way for Forrest, but this time it was Bequi Bussell doing the long range shooting with a three-bomb from the left side for an 18-5 lead.

Beth Hawn, who had a game high 16 points in the contest, blocked four shots in the second period and five on the night, shutting down the low post.

Forrest took a 24-9 lead into the third period and continued to pile it on the Viqueens, building the lead to 32-9 with Hawn scoring six and Waggoner two in the first four minutes.

Community came back nicely, outscoring Forrest 13-2 over the last four minutes of the quarter and trailed by twelve 34-22 going into quarter number four.

Waggoner quickly squelched any thoughts of another upset, scoring the first two buckets of the fourth quarter, re-extending the Lady Rocket lead to 38-22.

"We hit our shots tonight, the other night versus Cascade we were all ice cold," Waggoner said after the contest. "We put some new plays in this week versus the zone and they worked."

Community would not threaten the lead again, dropping to 2-7 in district play for the season.

The balanced Forrest scoring attack, led Hawn's 16 and Waggoner's 12 was bolstered by a solid 11-14 night from the free-throw line for the Lady Rockets. Megan Porter was tough all night under the boards and supplied great defensive pressure, scoring 8 points as did Thea Ledbetter. Bussell ran a solid point and had 3 points and Taylour Allen pitched in with 2 points, adding some great defense in the second half.

"It was great to win this last regular home game as seniors," said Waggoner. "We can all leave with a good taste in our mouth. We were really pumped up to play this game."