FMS swept away by purple storm
A bright, sunny day turned into a purple storm for the FMS basketball squads on Tuesday as Community Middle School travelled to Chapel Hill and completed a sweep of the night's action.
The FMS Lady Rockets gave all they had versus the pre-season Duck River Valley Conference favorites Viqueens before succumbing 41-23.
"I can take the big swings," said FMS head Coach Jeremy Jean. "But, we were down five and we gave up. You know, one turnover, we dropped our heads and we didn't get back, they jumped the lead and we had to call timeout."
The Vikings, on the other hand, shellacked the Rockets 48-8.
In the girls' game, FMS scored first on a basket by Kyleah Hengesbach before Sarah Pierce scored four straight points to double up the lead on Forrest.
Caitlin Yost converted a tough three-point play in the paint for the Lady Rockets, swinging the lead back to the home squad at 5-4.
A single free throw by Davie Barnes followed by a Pierce basket seesawed the lead back to the Viqueens at 7-5.
Three-point specialist Cassie Whitworth delivered a long bomb for FMS, giving the Lady Rockets an 8-7 lead.
Mercedes Hunter scored for Unionville to make it 9-8 before Whitworth pulled up just inside the three-point stripe for a two-point jumper and a 10-9 FMS lead.
CMS scored the next six points to extend their lead to 15-10, but FMS guard Hailey Collins broke the string with two free throws.
On the Viqueens next possession, a weird turn of events gave Forrest a basket when the ball was mistakenly given to the Lady Rockets on an out of bounds play, resulting in a Yost bucket.
Community had the ball and a one-point lead and turned the ball over to FMS, but they could not convert and the Viqueens went on to score the last three points in the quarter and led 18-14 after the first six minutes.
The second quarter was sloppily played by both squads with a bevy of turnovers and just seven combined points scored as the half ended with the Viqueens leading 23-16.
FMS did not score until a one free throw each by Amanda Patterson and Krista Chapman with less than a minute to play and the Lady Rockets finished with 15 turnovers in the half, while the Viqueens coughed it up nine times.
Yost broke a scoring drought in the second half by both teams when she scored at the 2:56 mark of the third period to force a Community timeout with FMS trailing 23-18.
Community scored the next four points before another Yost basket near the end of the period made it 27-20 Viqueens, entering the final six minutes of play.
In the fourth period, it was all Viqueens from start to finish as the outscored the Lady Rockets 14-3 to win going away 41-23.
The young FMS squad finished the ballgame with 30 turnovers.
"I told them after the game that I will not go off on them unless we don't hustle and we didn't hustle in the fourth quarter, but the rest of the game we hustled and played up there with them," said Jean. Jean added, "We are getting these kids jump started for high school, if we win every game in middle school that would be great. I like winning, but I like winning in high school better and they understand that and we will come back in and work harder tomorrow."
Yost ended up with 9 points for FMS, Whitworth netted five, Patterson 4, Collins 3, and Taylor Patin scored 2 points.
Pierce poured in 24 points for the Unionville girls to lead all scorers, Alex Milliken finished with a half dozen markers, Hunter scored 3, Sydney Segroves, Aliyah Segroves, and Jesse Leverette all had 2 points apiece, and Emma Haynes and Barnes had one point each.
In game two, CMS's Corey Mooneyham hit two early free throws and a Gary Lukonen driving layup made it 2-2.
FMS would not score again in the period as Community put up eight points before the six minutes was up to lead 10-2.
CMS's Jacob Kupczyk scored the first four points in the second period and Darian Pride scored the next basket to extend the Viking lead to 16-2 before FMS scored a lone point on a single free throw by Jesse Pruitt.
Alex Brewer and Jarrett Patmore also scored baskets for the Rockets in the period as the Vikings took a 22-7 lead at the half
In the third period, FMS was held scoreless, while Community poured in 14 points to take a 36-7 lead in to the final six minutes.
Once again, Forrest scored just one lone point on a free throw by Lukonen and the Vikings tallied a dozen to win by forty points, 48-8.
Lukonen led FMS with 3 points, Brewer and Patmore scored two, and Pruitt netted the one free throw.
Mooneyham led all scorers with 13 points.