Forrest falls, rebounds vs. Cornersville

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Forrest's Scarlett Roberson (15) nails a free throw in the overtime period versus Huntland, but the Lady Rockets would lose 45-37. Roberson led FHS with 11 points versus Huntland and had six more in Forrest's 46-43 win at Cornersville on Saturday night. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets (3-6, 1-2) went through some more growing pains over the weekend, losing to Huntland 45-37 in overtime in Chapel Hill Friday, but came back with a big 46-43 nail biting win at Cornersville (4-5, 0-1) on Saturday.

Forrest turned in one of their worst shooting performances in recent memory versus the Lady Hornets (7-3, 2-1) Friday night, yet still managed to claw their way back in to the ballgame to force overtime before falling by eight to their District 9A opponent.

Adrean Jordan scored the game's first basket Friday night and Hannah Phifer followed with a three-pointer to put the Lady Rockets up 5-0 before Huntland came back to trail by one point on consecutive buckets by Faith Elrod and Alexis Smith.

Tayler Andrews and Smith traded baskets late before Candace Daughrity put in a rebound for two points at the end of the first quarter, giving Forrest a 9-6 lead.

The Lady Rockets went cold in the second quarter, while the Lady Hornets heated up to build a five-point lead at 14-9.

Forrest clawed their way back in the game to take a one-point lead on consecutive baskets from Scarlett Roberson, Savannah Brothers, and another Daughrity rebound and score to eek ahead 15-14, but a Smith bucket in the paint at the end of the first half gave Huntland a 16-15 lead at the intermission.

A Roberson trey midway through the third period gave Forrest a 20-19 lead, and after a Huntland missed shot, Adrean Jordan scored for the Lady Rockets, making it 22-19.

Huntland fought back to take a 23-22 lead with just seconds left before Roberson hit one of two from the free throw line to tie the game at 23, entering the fourth quarter.

It was a seesaw affair in the quarter as neither team could pull away and the game remained knotted at 32 on a Roberson jumper in the lane with 40.6 seconds remaining.

A Jordan blocked shot gave the ball back to Forrest, but the Lady Rockets missed the front end of a one and one at the other end, but snagged the rebound and had two chances to win, but could not convert the lay-ups and the game went to extra time tied at 32.

Forrest went ahead by one point on a Jordan free throw early in the overtime before Huntland scored six straight to lead 38-33 with 1:58 remaining.

Roberson nailed another trey to make it 38-36 before the Lady Hornets put the final sting on the home squad, outscoring Forrest 7-1 the rest of the way to take the overtime win.

Roberson led the Lady Rockets with 11 points in the contest and Smith led all scorers with 18.

On Saturday in Cornersville, the Lady Bulldogs held a 22-19 halftime lead before Forrest went up by one-point at 31-30 thanks to a 12-8 third quarter spurt.

The contest was close the rest of the way before Forrest prevailed by three 46-43.

The win was the ninth straight and eleventh out of the last thirteen for the Lady Rockets over Cornersville, with the last Cornersville win coming in December of 2003 when the Lady Dawgs won 51-30 at home.

Brothers led the Lady Rockets with a career varsity high 12 points, Andrews scored 9, Roberson netted 6, Phifer and Daughrity had 5 points apiece, Jordan scored 4, Amanda Chumbley ended up with 2 points, and Kirston Holder had one marker.

Makenzie Hopkins led the Lady Dawgs in the scoring column with a dozen points, Kaitlyn Rogers netted 11, Brittney Umbles scored seven, Ashley Warren had six, Ashley Umbles scored three, and Tiffany Skeen rounded out the scoring with a deuce.

The two squads will meet again on February 7 in Chapel Hill in the regular season finale for both squads.