Lady Rockets lose another close one

Friday, December 16, 2011
Forrest freshman Savannah Brothers nails a three-pointer at the end of the first half to cut the Lady Cougars' lead to 18-13. Brothers led the Lady Rockets in scoring for the second straight game, besting her career high with 14 points. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

For the second time in three games, the Forrest Lady Rockets did not play their best ball, but came back with a chance to tie the game or win late, only to see an easy shot bound off the rim no good.

This time it was the MTCS Lady Cougars who were the beneficiaries of the Forrest bad luck, coming away with their first ever win in Chapel Hill 47-39.

"We never trailed by more than six the whole game," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "But we could not make a big three, we would turn the ball over, miss lay-ups, and we were four of fifteen from the foul line and you can't win many games like that."

"Those things will keep us in the loss column," added Jean. "I don't want them to get down on themselves, but they have to realize we are beating ourselves right now."

In a low scoring first quarter, the Lady Rockets scored just six points, one more than MTCS.

With 4:25 remaining in the second quarter, Candace Daughrity nailed a three-pointer to give the Lady Rockets a 13-10 lead before MTCS went on a 7-1 run to end the first half up by a 20-14 score.

The Lady Cougars continued to build on the lead and Forrest remained ice cold from the field to trail 33-26 after three periods of play.

MTCS' Julia Howard connected on a bucket in the paint with just over seven minutes to play in the contest, giving the Lady Cougars their biggest lead of the game at 35-26.

Daughrity drilled her second trey of the game at the other end and on defense; Kirston Holder stole the rock and passed to Scarlett Roberson on the outlet pass.

Roberson fed a speeding Savannah Brothers for an easy lay-up in transition and the Lady Rockets were back in business, down by four at 35-31.

Two missed free throws by MTCS led to a Tayler Andrews drive and score to cut the margin to two points at 35-33.

Forrest got the ball back with a chance to tie and had an open lay-up, but the ball bounced off the rim.

MTCS took advantage of their good fortune and rallied with a four-point spurt to regain a six-point lead.

Holder made a three-pointer from deep in the corner to make it 39-36, forcing an MTCS timeout with 4:09 left in the game.

Chandler Adams scored for the Lady Cougars and after a Forrest miss, Meghan Smith hit one free throw to open up a six-point lead again at 42-36.

There was no more scoring for the next two minutes until Hannah Phifer nailed a three-pointer for Forrest with 1:28 remaining in the game, cutting the MTCS lead to three points 42-39.

Forrest would not score again as the Lady Cougars celebrated the eight-point win.

Brothers led the Lady Rockets in scoring for the second straight contest with 14 points.

Phifer and Daughrity had a half dozen points apiece, Adrean Jordan scored four, Andrews and Holder three, Roberson two, and Amanda Chumbley finished with one point.

Smith led the Lady Cougars with 13 points and Howard netted 12.