Lady Rockets get first win

Friday, December 2, 2011
Forrest's Hannah Phifer (35) scored 12 points to lead the Lady Rockets to their first win of the year over Santa Fe Saturday at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest Boys, Tigerettes go winless at Thanksgiving Tournament

After starting the season with three straight losses, the Forrest Lady Rockets finally etched a 'W' with a 42-35 win over Santa Fe Saturday at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Lady Rockets trailed by one-point at the half, 17-16, but an 11-10 third quarter in favor of Forrest sent the game to the final eight minutes tied at 27.

MCHS freshman Mecia Reed (32) and the Tigerettes are playing hard, but just can't seem to get that first elusive win of the season.

Coach Jeremy Jean's squad, buoyed by a big 15-8 fourth quarter went on to win by the seven point margin over the Lady Cats.

Hannah Phifer led the way for the Lady Rockets, scoring twelve points, Scarlett Roberson netted 11, Tayler Andrews finished with eight, Candace Daughrity scored six, Kirston Holder chipped in with three, and Amanda Chumbley and Adrean Jordan both finished with one marker apiece.

Santa Fe standout Jenna White poured in a game high 21 points.

The Lady Rockets came back for a night game on Saturday and did fare as well, losing to Lincoln County (3-1) by a wide 54-29 margin.

Freshman Savannah Brothers led the Lady Rockets (1-4) in the scoring column with eight points versus the Lady Falcons, Roberson was next with seven, Andrews and Phifer both scored 3 points, and Daughrity, Hannah Evans, and Holder all had 2 points apiece.

Lincoln County's Hannah Barnes led all scorers with 17 points.

The Forrest Rockets looked sharp to start their first game versus Lincoln County (3-1) on Wednesday night, leading 27-23 at the half versus the talented Falcons, but were doubled-up 34-17 in the second half to fall 57-44.

Mark Pope led the Rockets in the scoring column with a 13 points, Zach Horvath was one back with 12, Tyler Rumley netted six (2 treys), Marshall Hunter finished with 5, Zach Ray scored 3, Jacob Daughrity and Dakota Zimmerman each netted 2 points, and Ty Hoeft sank one free throw.

Lincoln County guard Fitzgerald Hopkins scored 26 points to lead all scorers.

On Friday, Forrest (2-4) lost a close 51-41 match-up versus Livingston Academy before falling to Hazel Green, Alabama in Saturday's tournament closer by a score of 68-40.

Pope and Hunter both scored 11 versus Livingston Academy, Horvath netted 10, Rumley 6, Daughrity 2, and Ray rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

Mason Ramsey scored 17 points for the Livingston Academy Wildcats (5-2) and Logan Ramsey netted 16.

Forrest will not be back in action until Friday when they travel to Lynchburg for double-header beginning at 6:00 p.m. versus Moore County.

The Marshall County Tigerettes lost three straight to Cascade, Loretto, and Creek Wood at Forrest to continue their winless slide at 0-6 on the season.

In Wednesday's opener versus the Lady Champions (3-1), the Tigerettes held a 13-12 first quarter lead before scoring just four points in the second quarter to trail 22-17 at the half.

Cascade outscored MCHS 28-20 over the final two periods to win 50-37.

Jameka Braden scored a team-high 14 points for Marshall County, Marissa Lyttle scored 10, Destiny Moore had six, Morgan Moyers had one three-pointer, and Christy Pettigrew and Megan Sanders each scored 2 points.

Haylee Simpson led the Cascade scoring charge with 15 points.

In Friday's match-up versus Loretto, MCHS looked like they would get win number one on the year when they exploded with 17 third quarter points to lead 35-34, entering the final eight minutes before the Lady Mustangs pulled away with a 16-7 fourth quarter advantage to win 50-42.

Lyttle and Moore paced the Tigerettes with 12 points apiece versus Loretto, Braden netted six, Mecia Reed scored six (2 treys), and Moyers and Pettigrew each ended up with 2 points in the ballgame.

Haylee Farrington led all scorers with 20 points for Loretto (3-3).

In the Tigerettes' final game of the holiday tourney in Chapel Hill, MCHS took on a tough Creek Wood (6-0) squad and fell by a score of 63-45.

Moore was tops in the scoring column for MCHS versus the Lady Red Hawks with 14 points, Braden netted a dozen, Reed and Sanders each had a half dozen, Kenesha McFall, Reed and Pettigrew all had 2 points apiece and Moyers netted 1 point.

Marshall County travels to Giles County on Tuesday before returning home to Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium on Friday for a twin bill versus East Hickman, beginning at 6:00 p.m.