Lady Rockets' blitzkrieg buries Cougars

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Christina Curtner (21) buries a three-pointer on the Lady Rockets' second possession of the game. Curtner would lead a Forrest first quarter blitzkrieg by scoring 11 points in the period as the Lady Rockets blasted MTCS 62-46 Monday night in Murfreesboro. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

The war wages on for the Forrest Lady Rockets who executed a perfect blitzkrieg Monday night in Murfreesboro versus MTCS, burying the Lady Cougars from the start and then never letting them up in a convincing 62-46 win.

The victory was the 15th straight for Forrest over MTCS, continuing a dominance dating back to 2003.

Christina Curtner was on the point of the early attack, pouring in 11 first quarter points, including the first bucket of the game and then a three-pointer after the Lady Cougars missed on their first turn.

Curtner said about the fast start on the road, "It is always a big key to get your momentum going and stop theirs. It is always a positive thing. We were excited to play, we wanted to play, and wanted to win. We wanted to improve in our district and we were ready to play."

Sara Sims scored for MTCS before Beth Hawn fired off a four-point barrage, stretching the FHS lead to 9-2.

Sims slowed down the attack with a three-pointer and MTCS managed to slice the Forrest margin to 12-7 with three minutes left in the opening period.

Two foul shots by Anna Curtner made it 14-7 and moments later her twin sister Christina lobbed down a three-pointer, opening up a ten-point lead for Forrest.

The tenacious Forrest defense forced a Lady Cougar turnover and Hawn converted a short jumper in the lane, building the lead to 19-7.

Taylour Allen stole the ensuing inbounds pass and scored on an uncontested lay-up and then Allen and Hawn caused another MTCS turnover and score with just seconds left in the quarter, giving the Lady Rockets a 23-7 lead over the beleaguered home squad after one period.

The Lady Rockets inbounded the ball at midcourt to begin the second quarter and went directly into the post for Hawn, who scored easily, making it 25-7.

Forrest was pressing hard for the TKO and got it when the Lady Cougars coughed up the rock again.

Christina Curtner squeezed in for a rebound of a missed shot at the other end and fed Hawn for another easy lay-in, rocketing the lead to 20 points at 27-7.

MTCS never recovered and trailed by the same twenty-point margin at the half, 39-19.

Any hope of a second half comeback was quickly squelched as the Lady Rockets went to their bread and butter in Hawn to begin the third period on another pretty set-up in the post for the score, making it 41-19.

Hawn would score 8 of her game high 24 points in the third period as Forrest held serve, beating MTCS 13-12 in the quarter to take a big 52-31 lead into the final eight minutes.

Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean had seen enough of his starters, going to the his reserves for the remainder of the contest as the Lady Rockets improved their record to 8-2 on the season and now sit alone at the top of the District 9-A standings as the only undefeated squad in the league with a 4-0 record.

Forrest will undergo their biggest test of the season, beginning 3pm Saturday at the Waynesboro Rotary Christmas Classic when they face the Collinwood Trojanettes.

After having Sunday off, the Lady Rockets trek back to Waynesboro on Monday at 6pm for a match-up with the Wayne County Lady Wildcats who will be seeking revenge from their 25-point (68-43) season exiting loss handed to them by Forrest in a state tournament sectional win in Chapel Hill on March 7.

Curtner said about the upcoming weekend and the re-match for Wayne County, "We are definitely excited about that and we will come out ready to play."

Christina Curtner followed Hawn's 28 points versus MTCS with 17, Anna Curtner had 7, Megan Miller scored 6, Allen 4, Adrean Jordan had her first two points of the season after returning from injury at Moore County, and Tayler Andrews and Hannah Phifer each had one marker.

Alex Martin led the Lady Cougars in the scoring column with 15 and Katie Mullins had 13.