Forrest survives in Wartrace, winning streak at twelve

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Anna Curtner (5) nails a jumper from the corner at Cascade Friday night as the Forrest Lady Rockets prevailed 47-40 over the Lady Champions to stretch their winning streak to twelve games. Tribune Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest knew it was not going to be an easy game Friday night in Wartrace versus a tough Lady Champion squad on their home court and they were correct as Cascade gave it their best shot before falling 47-40 to the seventh ranked Lady Rockets.

After a 7-7 first quarter, Forrest pushed ahead in the second period, outscoring Cascade 15-8 and led 22-15 at halftime.

The two squads played even the rest of the way with the Lady Champs winning the third quarter, before Forrest prevailed down the stretch en-route to their twelfth straight win on the season.

Forrest has not lost since December 20, 2010 in Waynesboro to the number one ranked Lady Wildcats 61-38.

Christina Curtner's ice-cold 6-6 performance from the free throw line late in the fourth quarter was the difference in the game, combined with some great defensive stops that thwarted a furious Cascade comeback.

After the no-blood first period, Forrest sophomore Hannah Phifer was the go to girl in period number two, scoring 11 out of the Lady Rockets' 15 points on three baskets in the paint, one long three-pointer, and two foul shots.

Cascade's Katie Vincent bested Phifer's second period burst with a twelve-point outburst of her own after the half as she was basically unstoppable with a dozen points on two treys and three baskets from in close as the Lady Champions closed the gap to 33-28, going into the final eight minutes.

Cascade came all the way back to take a three-point lead in the fourth quarter before Anna Curtner tied the game with a three-bomb and on the next Cascade touch, Curtner stole the ball and scored, giving Forrest the lead for good.

Christina Curtner finished the job from the free throw line, including two crucial makes thanks to a technical foul on Cascade when they tried to call timeout on a sideline inbounds play when they did not have any timeouts left.

"To me, that's the fun part," said Curtner after the game. "I enjoy it. You can't look at as pressure. It is just another shot and it will go in if you want it to go in."

Christina Curtner up with 13 points for the Lady Rockets, Anna Curtner and Phifer both netted 11 points, Megan Miller wound up with nine points in the contest, including one three-pointer, Candace Daughrity netted 2 points, and Jillian Blanchett hit one free throw.

Vincent led all scorers with 15 points, Haley Edmondson had 11, Kelsey Parker and Elora Skuce had 5 points apiece, and Jessica Ervin and Alyssa Hoover both ended up with 2 points each.

Forrest (18-5, 11-1) takes on Summertown (9-12) tonight as part of Homecoming activities in Chapel Hill at 6:00 p.m.

The Lady Rockets defeated the Lady Eagles 51-39 earlier in the season and with just two District 9-A games remaining at Community on Tuesday and versus Huntland next Friday, it looks more and more like the number one spot will be decided by a coin flip next Saturday morning during the district tournament meeting.

Christina Curtner talked about how fast the season has gone, saying, "This season has been crazy. It's almost over and that is one thing we have to emphasize and realize is that this is it and we only have a couple of games left, so we have to stay focused and try to win out."

Forrest and Moore County (21-3, 11-1), tied at the top, have split their games this season and the Raiderettes should cruise to the coin flip with league games remaining at Huntland on Tuesday and in Lynchburg versus Community in their season finale next Friday.