Hawn overpowers Cascade, Forrest in control
The Forrest Lady Rockets are determined not to take any of their remaining opponents on the schedule lightly and knew coming into Wartrace that the Lady Champions would be stoked for battle.
They were correct and they were ready, playing one of their best games of the season, garnering a hard fought 59-52 road win to take an early stranglehold on the District 9A standings.
Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean said, "We knew it was going to be a tough game. We shot a lot better over here than I thought they would. We made eleven three's. We need to guard better. All in all I was pleased with the execution except the last minute and a half. A good all in all effort."
Beth Hawn, bandaged, battered, and bruised poured in a season high 30 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, stole the ball three times, and blocked one shot.
Jean said about Hawn's performance, "She played well, we knew she would. It took her awhile to get going. I think that was her aching bones. She is real sore. Until she got going, other girls took the pressure off. That is what is going to get us far in the tournament."
Hawn hit key shot after key shot during the contest, holding the Lady Champs at bay in several gallant comeback attempts.
The Forrest win kept the Lady Rockets unblemished in the district standings at 5-0, one game ahead of a Moore County team they had defeated earlier in the season.
MTCS helped out the Lady Rockets Tuesday night with a 57-55 win versus Community, dropping both of those squads two games back of Forrest in the standings.
"This puts some distance between us and Cascade. The top three are starting to get some seperation," said Jean.
Christina Curtner scored first for Forrest, Hawn made it 3-0 on one of two from the free throw line, and after an untimely Cascade miscue, Taylour Allen burned the cords with a three-bomb, making it 6-0.
Forrest was in a full press when Christina Curtner knocked the ball loose and took it away.
The Lady Rockets went into a set play, executing the plan perfectly for the red hot Allen, who went downtown again, making it 9-0.
Cascade gritted their teeth and got on the board with a three-pointer from Elora Skuce.
At the other end, Hawn made it 11-3 on a rebound and put-back of her own shot.
Cascade went back to the hot Skuce and she nailed another trey and was fouled by Hawn, trying for the blocked shot.
Skuce could not convert the four-point play.
Hawn swished a trey of her own at the other end and scored again after a Cascade miss, opening up a ten-point 16-6 lead for Forrest.
The two squads traded baskets before Cascade got back in the game, outscoring the Lady Rockets 7-2 to end the period and trailed by just five 20-15 after the first eight minutes.
The teams engaged in a low scoring second period, combining for just twelve points.
Cascade had eight of the twelve and trailed by a single point, 24-23 at the half.
At the outset of the second half, a Christina Curtner bucket opened up a six-point 31-25 lead for Forrest before the Lady Champions fought back again on a three-pointer by Tiffany Grogan and after a Forrest turnover, Jessica Popp scored in the low post to cut the Forrest lead back to a single digit at 31-30.
The key play of the game took place off the court with 3:33 left in the period when Cascade coach Chad Spencer was whistled for a technical foul for being out of the coach's box.
Hawn buried both free throws and then scored again after a steal, making it 37-30.
Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean called timeout to set his defense and it worked as the Lady Champions turned the ball over at mid-court off of the FHS press.
Allen poured in a three-bomb at the other end, opening up a ten-point lead at 40-30.
Mary Katherine Potts finally got a bucket for Cascade, but Hawn scored the last four points of the quarter and the Lady Rockets were in control, up by a dozen at 44-32, entering the final eight minutes.
Christina Curtner opened up the scoring in the fourth period by draining a three-bomb, opening up a fifteen-point lead for the visiting Lady Rockets.
The Lady Rockets kept the double-digit lead until some late scores by Cascade.
Curtner had seven points in the quarter and some tough play in the low post produced a combined eight points by Hawn and Adrean Jordan, as Forrest was able to hold off Cascade for the seven-point win.
Christina Curtner ended up with 15 points, Allen had three treys for 9 points, Jordan scored 4 points and hauled down 5 rebounds, Maegan Gower had one free throw, and Megan Miller grabbed 4 boards.
The Lady Rockets will bus over to Unionville tonight for a match-up with the Viqueens before returning home Saturday for a game versus Summertown.
The Summertown game opens up a three-week stretch where the Lady Rockets will enjoy home cooking for eight of nine games, including seven league tilts.
Jean said, "That is much needed. I think they forgot what home is. I think it is going to help us out. We will have the home crowd yelling things and getting behind our kids."