Lady Rockets soar in district opener
The Forrest Lady Rockets, coming off their first loss of the season at the hands of CPA, came back with a vengeance Friday in Chapel Hill versus Eagleville, routing the Lady Eagles 71-23 in the District 9A opener.
The Lady Rockets extended their winning streak over Eagleville to 17 games. Forrest has a 20-1 record versus Eagleville, dating back to 2002. The last loss to their longtime District 9A opponent was on Feb. 11, 2003 when Eagleville won at home 62-51.
Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean was happy with the win, saying after the game, "When we had the chance to set that dagger in we did. They hung with us until fatigue set in for them and when we had a chance to throw that dagger at them we did and I was proud of the girls for that. Sometimes teams have a chance to throw that dagger in and they let up and we didn't tonight."
The Lady Eagles came out inspired in the latest match-up, staying even with the Lady Rockets at 4-4 before Forrest began their push ahead.
Eagleville had the ball with a chance to go ahead, but Forrest's Taylour Allen had other ideas, stealing the rock and racing in for a lay-up, making it 6-4.
One possession later, Anna Curtner continued the thievery, swiping the ball at mid-court and taking it the distance for the Lady Rockets.
Jennilee Lenker scored for Eagleville, making it 8-6, forcing a Forrest timeout with 2:15 left in the opening period.
Jean set up a play in the huddle for a three-point attempt and they executed his whiteboard idea perfectly on the floor, swinging the ball to Anna Curtner, who buried the three-bomb, making it 11-6.
Eagleville called timeout after the Curtner trey, but their huddle idea did not work, ruined when Beth Hawn stole the ball.
The Hawn steal led to another three-pointer by Christina Curtner, giving Forrest a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes.
There was no scoring in the first 90 seconds of the second quarter, snapped by a Lenker three-point play, making it 14-9.
Jean called timeout again and got identical results as the first quarter timeout when Anna Curtner went downtown again, making 17-9.
The Curtner three sent the Lady Rockets into orbit as they turned up the defensive pressure and scored off of several Eagleville turnovers to lead 28-9 at the half.
Hawn scored six points in the runaway 14-point streak, Randi Toombs threw down a big three-pointer, and Canaan Raines came off the pine for a steal and lay-in.
Forrest was ready to put the game away for good in the third period, beginning with a Megan Miller lay-up off of a set play, making it 30-9.
After a Lenker bucket, Miller continued with the hot hand, draining a three-pointer from the corner for 33-11 FHS lead.
Kelsie Barnes got on the scoreboard for Eagleville before Christina Curtner dialed up a long distance trey, making it 36-13.
Eagleville trailed 40-20 when Hawn made the final statement for Forrest, scoring the last nine points of the third period to give Jean and the Lady Rockets a 49-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
A Hawn rebound and put-back began the fourth quarter and moments later Hawn hit two free throws, spurring Jean to empty the bench for the remainder of the contest.
Hawn finished with 20 points in the game.
Kim Rochester shined in the post for the Lady Rockets in the last period, scoring 6 points along with freshman Hannah Phifer.
Freshman Tayler Andrews also scored 4 points in the quarter and Meagan Gower scored 2 points as the Forrest cruised home in the 38-point victory.
Over the next month, the Lady Rockets (5-1) will test their mettle, embarking on an 11 game road trip, beginning with a tough match-up versus undefeated Cannon County (7-0) Monday in Woodbury.
Jean and the Lady Rockets will not land back in Chapel Hill until after the New Year when they host Summertown on Jan. 9.