FMS Lady Rockets stun Moore County
The FMS Lady Rockets were in the midst of a three-game losing streak before stunning the Moore County Raiderettes in a 32-18 coast-to-coast win Thursday night in Chapel Hill.
Forrest jumped out early and never looked back, beginning with an impressive defensive display in the first quarter that led to an 11-0 run to start the ballgame.
Caitlin Yost spearheaded the charge with seven of the eleven first period points, while recording assists on the other two buckets to Amanda Patterson and Kyleah Hengesbach.
Moore County did not get on the scoreboard until the 1:46 mark of the quarter on a basket by Carrie Staples.
FMS took the nine-point lead into the second quarter before the Raiderettes cut the Lady Rockets' lead to 13-6 on an Emily Powell bucket midway through the period before Yost fired up the home squad with a steal and dish to Hailey Collins, who was fouled on the field goal attempt at the other end.
Collins hit one of two from the free throw line, and moments later Hengesbach scored an easy lay-up off an inbounds pass from Yost under the FMS basket to make it 16-6.
Brynn Colvin scored for Forrest moments later to up the lead to 18-6.
Moore County would not give in, scoring four straight to slice the FMS lead to eight at 18-10 before Cassi Whitworth drilled a three-bomb at the end of the first half to give the Lady Rockets a 21-10 lead at the break.
Lily Foster opened up the scoring in the second for Moore County and then traded baskets with Patterson to make it a 23-14 ballgame.
There would be no more scoring by either squad the rest of the third quarter as the Lady Rockets took the nine-point lead into the final six minutes of action.
Mariah Ward broke a two-minute scoring drought in the period with a basket in the paint for Moore County, getting the visitors to within seven points at 24-16.
Yost hit one of two from the line and from there, Forrest turned on the after burners by outscoring Moore County 8-2 the rest of the way.
Yost co-led the Lady Rockets (2-3) with 8 points (2-4 from the free throw line), Hengesbach also scored 8 points for Forrest, Patterson ended up with 5, Whitworth had the one trey, and Collins, Colvin, and Tamia Northcutt had two points apiece.
Ward scored eight for the Raiderettes, Foster had five, Staples and Powell netted 2 points each, and Emily Parks rounded out the scoring with a single marker.