Lady Rockets routed in season opener

Friday, November 18, 2011
Forrest junior Scarlett Roberson (15) drives down the lane versus Franklin in Monday night's season opening 64-45 loss to the Lady Rebels. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets travelled to Franklin High School Tuesday night for their season opener and got an unfriendly welcome from the Lady Rebels in a 64-45 shellacking.

After Scarlett Roberson tied the game at 2-2, it was all Lady Rebs as they ran off 13 consecutive points on Forrest, who would never be in the game again.

Franklin led 17-5 after the first quarter.

Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean said after the game, "We dug a fifteen-point hole right there quick and we can't do that. We didn't play good team defense in the first quarter. It was bad."

Jean added, "We played good defense in the second quarter, before we went back to our hack and smack, want to foul mode."

The Lady Rockets did make a couple of runs during the contest, especially in the second quarter when they cut the Lady Rebels' lead to five points on an Adrean Jordan free throw with five and a half minutes remaining in the first half.

From there, Franklin went on another run, outscoring the Lady Rockets 15-1 the remainder of the half to lead 32-18.

The Lady Rockets never made a second half charge and trailed 51-29 after three quarters before losing by the nineteen-point margin.

Franklin point guard Mackenzie Puckett was magnificent, pouring in a career high 34 points, including six and one situations where she drove the ball to rim and was fouled by Forrest.

Puckett converted three out of the six three-point drives, and on four other occasions, Puckett went to the free throw after grabbing an offensive rebound and being hacked on the put-back attempt.

In all, the senior Lady Rebel converted 10 out of her 15 attempts from the free throw line in the ballgame and the rest of her Franklin teammates were also successful from the charity stripe as they went 12-18 for a 22 out of 33 total on the night.

Forrest had nearly half the attempts from the free throw line, but did covert a good percentage as they went 12-19.

Candace Daughrity led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with 11 points, Scarlett Roberson scored 9, Tayler Andrews netted 8, Hannah Phifer ended up with 5, Jordan and freshman Savannah Brothers scored 4 points apiece, Kirston Holder had 3 points, and freshman Hannah Evans rounded out the scoring with a single tally.

The Lady Rockets will re-group for a couple of days before they board the yellow bus for a long journey to Houston County on Saturday where they will take on the host Lady Irish and Hickman County in a pair of Hall of Fame games, followed by a big inter-county match-up in Cornersville on Tuesday.

Jean said, "The kids competed, they played hard and tried to do the right thing, we are just not there. It's ok after the first game to not be there, but we have to get better. We still have a chance to be pretty good in the end, so we will keep plugging away."