The Forrest Middle School basketball squads spilt first round games at the CABC Tournament in Cornersville versus Columbia Academy Tuesday night with the girls winning a low scoring affair 20-16 while the boys fell 42-30.
If you shoot 4-26 from the free throw line, you usually do not win a basketball game, but that was not the case for the Lady Rockets from Chapel Hill who overcame the dismal performance from the charity stripe with some great second half defense to eek out the four-point win over the Lady Bulldogs.
Both squads were as cold as ice beginning the ballgame with the first bucket coming at the 2:10 mark of the first period on a Justice Grooms basket for CA.
Forrest tied the game at two on a Savannah Brothers bucket off an assist from Kirston Holder with less than a minute to go in the first six minutes, but an Amayo Ashley basket with just seconds left gave CA a 4-2 lead after one period.
The poor free throw shooting woes began in the second quarter for FMS, who shot 1-8 in the period from the line and trailed 8-7 at halftime.
The Lady Rockets took their first lead of the game at 9-8, early in the third quarter on a Holder steal and bucket.
CA went back ahead 10-9 moments later on an Anna Young basket.
Two possessions later, Sara Jordan muscled her way to the hoop and put the FMS girls up 11-10.
Brothers hit one of two from the line for a 12-10 FMS lead and then made it 14-10 on a driving lay-up off of a CA turnover.
Two straight baskets by CA's Sutherland Shrader tied the game at 14.
FMS went ahead on pure hustle at the very end of the period, beginning with a great out of bounds save by Spencer Walls that led to a buzzer beating basket by Ali Bennett, making it 16-14 after three quarters.
FMS was in position to run away with game, but went just 2-12 from the free throw line, keeping CA close.
The lifesaver for the Lady Rockets was their pressure defense, especially on inbound balls by CA.
Forrest forced three five-second calls against CA on out of bounds plays in the period and held the Lady Bulldogs to zero field goals and just two single foul shots.
With score 18-16 in favor of FMS and just 18.6 seconds left in the contest, Brothers swiped the rock from CA and scored, sealing the deal in the 20-16 final.
Brothers led the Lady Rockets in scoring with 9 points, Jordan, Holder, and Kaitlin Toombs each scored 3, and Bennett 2.
The Forrest Rockets blasted off the launch pad, scoring the ballgame's first five points.
Lucas Pruitt began the scoring for FMS with a nice lay-up in the lane.
A tie-up gave the ball back to Forrest and Blake Leonard went to the line, hitting one of two for a three-zip lead.
Jacob Daughrity scored off of a turnover, making it 5-0 before the bottom fell out on the Rocket engine.
CA called timeout with 2:53 left in the quarter and after the stoppage, Bailey Davenport scored six straight, giving the Bulldogs a 6-5 lead.
Two Forrest turnovers later, CA's Jackson Cary made it 8-5.
Forrest fell deeper into a hole, trailing by eight points at 20-12 before Ty Hoeft threw done a long three-bomb late in the half, making it a five-point game at 20-15.
The Bulldogs responded with a 6-2 run in the last 90 seconds to take a 28-19 halftime lead.
CA built a 14-point, 35-21 lead in the third quarter before Pruitt managed a late bucket underneath the goal, making it 35-23 after three periods.
Forrest could not mount the comeback needed in the fourth quarter to get back in the game and was eliminated from the tournament with the twelve point loss.
Daughrity led the Rockets in scoring with 7 points, Pruitt and Tanner Garvin each scored 6, Leonard had 4, Hoeft 3, and Parker Stacey and Caleb Keller scored 2 points each.