"I am proud of their effort," said Forrest coach Jeremy Jean. "That is something they are never going to lack, they play hard, they play with effort, but we have got to do the small things right now to keep ourselves in the ballgame."
Moore County was relentless and was mad about being beaten by the Lady Rockets in last year's Region 5A title that sent them on the road to Loretto, where they were eliminated.
The Raiderettes quickly served notice that they wanted the ballgame, outscoring Forrest 21-6 in the first quarter.
Moore County kept pouring it on and had a huge 35-15 by the end of the first half.
"We have got to block out, rebound and stop fouling shooters," said Jean about the first half. "Those are the things that stop us from winning."
The Raiderettes were looking to put the game on ice early in the second half, scoring the first five points to take a twenty-three point lead before Forrest showed its mettle.
The Lady Rockets busted out on a big 15-2 run the remainder of third quarter behind a strong defensive effort and some clutch shooting.
Jean said, "Right now, nobody can guard anybody one on one. There are too many good players in our district this year and we have to have five guarding five and in the third quarter, we did that."
The run began harmlessly with a Tayler Andrews free throw that was matched by Moore County's Rachel Garland.
From there, the Lady Rockets got baskets by Amanda Chumbley, Hannah Phifer, and Candace Daughrity to cut the score to 39-22, forcing a Moore County timeout with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter.
The Raiderettes missed after the stoppage and Andrews made them pay with a long-range bomb to make it 39-25.
A Moore County turnover, followed by a foul that sent Andrews to the free throw line for two more points cutting even deeper into the Raiderettes' lead.
One free throw by Savannah Williams halted the Forrest run, but just for a few seconds as Phifer drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer, cutting the Moore County lead to just ten points at 40-30, entering the final eight minutes.
The Lady Rockets could not sustain the comeback as Moore County went off on a 15-5 run to end the game to move to 6-1 on the season, while Forrest dropped to 1-5.
Moore County's Garland and Sarah Raby had 16 points each to lead all scorers, while Phifer netted 12 to lead Forrest.
Andrews and Chumbley scored six points apiece for Forrest, Savannah Brothers scored four, Scarlett Roberson netted three, Daughrity 2, and Hannah Evans and Kirston Holder had one free throw apiece.