Forrest crushes Gordonsville
It was something Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean had been waiting on all year.
His Lady Rockets squad stepped on the gas from the go and then never let up in a big, 51-22 win over Gordonsville at the Eagleville Christmas Class on Monday.
"I told them after the game that is was about time we put somebody away," said Jean. "They are not a bad team. They are a really good defensive team and have some good guards, but we played an all around good game."
Jean added, "We got a chance to be pretty good. If we are shooting the ball, we can beat anybody, but if we are not shooting the ball well we have to defend better and do the smaller things perfect to win."
Jillian Blanchett got things going early for Forrest, hitting two free throws after being fouled on the Lady Rockets' first possession.
Blanchett would end up with nine points in the game and Jean said about her performance, "Jill stepped up and played big and that allowed us to put somebody away. It was something we haven't done yet and it was a good feeling."
Anna Curtner scored four straight after Blanchett's early work from the free throw line and the Forrest defense held the Tigerettes scoreless for two and a half minutes before Arielle Davis hit one free throw to make it 6-1.
Cori Jennings scored for Gordonsville moments later before Christina Curtner hit a jumper and after a Gordonsville missed shot, Curtner went downtown for three points to open up an 11-3 lead.
Maegan Gower made it 13-3 on a pretty rebound and put-back late in the period as the Lady Rockets took a 13-3 lead in period number two.
Anna Curtner drilled a trey on the first possession of the second quarter for Forrest, but Davis scored four straight to keep Gordonsville in the ballgame at 16-7.
Two touches later, Anna Curtner got three more points, but this time it was the conventional three-point play and the lead swelled to 19-7 in favor of Forrest.
Kimmie Bush put in a lay-up for the Tigerettes and Kim Rochester matched the bucket at the other end for Forrest, making it 21-9.
After a Forrest missed shot, Bush was fouled and made two free throws.
Forrest missed again, but Hannah Phifer stole the ball and scored to make it 23-11 and after misses by both squads, Rochester scored on a set play at the end of the first half to give Forrest a 25-11 lead.
There was no scoring the over the first minute and a half of the second half before Blanchett found the bottom of the net on a nice move in the paint to make it 27-11.
A three-pointer by Charli Vaden gave Gordonsville a slight ray of hope, but it was quickly squelched on six straight points by Megan Miller, widening the gap to 33-14.
A score by Gordonsville was followed by a three-pointer by Gower, forcing a Tigerette timeout with 2:51 remaining in the period.
After the stoppage, a smothering defensive effort by Forrest would not allow the ball to be inbounded and a five-second call gave the rock back to the Lady Rockets.
Phifer and Davis would trade baskets near the end of the period and the Lady Rockets took a twenty-point, 38-18 lead into the final eight minutes.
Hope Flatt nailed two free throws for Gordonsville to begin the final period, but the Lady Rockets slammed the door shut for good with a 13-0 run up to the last six seconds of the game when Gordonsville scored the final basket of the ballgame.
Anna Curtner led all scorers with 12 points, Blanchett had her nine points, Miller 6, Alyson Patton, Gower, Rochester and Christina Curtner all scored 5 points, and Phifer ended up with 4 points for the Lady Rockets (8-5, 3-1).
Bush's 6 points led Gordonsville (4-9); Davis had five, Vaden 3, and Jennings, Emily Lancaster, and Flatt all netted 2 points.