Hawn leads Lady Rockets over Tullahoma

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Anna Curtner (5) is chased down court by Tullahoma's Sara Beth Nelius after stealing the ball. Curtner would be fouled by Nelius on the play and hit one of two from the free throw line. Curtner and the rest of the Forrest team applied heavy defensive pressure the entire game as Forrest moved to 3-0 on the season with the 63-39 win over the Lady Wildcats. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest's Beth Hawn keeps pouring it on and pouring it in, adding a 28-point effort Wednesday night at the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic, leading the Lady Rockets to a 63-39 win over Tullahoma.

Hawn said after the game, "This is the first time in five years that the Lady Rockets have started 3-0. We are hoping we stay on the ball with it. Tonight's game was intense, but ever since Clarkrange we haven't regained that same intensity. We will step it up and hopefully we can play like the Clarkrange game every night. We are gonna kick it up."

It was the second victory for Forrest over Tullahoma this season.

In the Lady Rockets' first three games, Hawn is averaging 27.3 points per game.

Hawn scored the first two baskets for Forrest and had 10 in the first period.

Tullahoma played the Lady Rockets tight for much of the opening period before the Lady Rockets sent in the sparkplug that lit the offensive engine.

With the score 13-9 in favor of Forrest, Canaan Raines came off the pine and drilled a three-pointer that started a 10-2 run that the Lady Wildcats never recovered from.

Raines has provided a first quarter spark in each of the Lady Rockets' first three contests.

Hawn said, "That was great. Hopefully she does that every game. We like for everybody to contribute and have the same intensity as the first five. We loved it."

In the second quarter, Tullahoma had just cut the FHS lead to 25-17 when Raines went downtown again, igniting another Lady Rocket run for eleven straight points.

Forrest led 36-17 at the half.

The Lady Cats got two three-pointers from Kristina Tucker early in the third quarter, staying relatively close at 40-25 before the Forrest defense closed the vice.

Taylour Allen was a pest all night to the Lady Wildcats' backcourt and after a Tullahoma turnover Allen dialed up a long distance three, making it 43-25.

Christina Curtner scored off of more defensive pressure applied by the Lady Rockets.

After a Tullahoma miss, Curtner scored again off a slick inbound pass under the Forrest basket by Allen, making it a 47-25 ballgame.

The Lady Rockets had floor burn the entire game, getting down and dirty for every loose ball and after a tie-up went the way of Forrest, Hawn scored in the low post, extending the lead to 49-25.

Forrest took the 49-25 lead into the final period.

Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean emptied his bench in the fourth period as the Lady Rockets cruised home 63-39.

Hawn's 28 led the Lady Rockets. Christina Curtner ended up with 9 points, Anna Curtner scored 8, Raines's two three's gave her 6, Allen notched 3, and Megan Miller, Kim Rochester, Maegen Gower, Randy Toombs, and Hannah Phifer all scored 2 points.