Lady Rockets hammer upstart Fayetteville squad
Forrest and first-year Fayetteville High School met for the first time Friday night in Chapel Hill in a homecoming tilt for the hometown Lady Rockets and the young and talented Lady Tigers gave their District 9-A opponents all they had before experienced paid off in the end as the Lady Rockets won going away 55-29.
Sporting eighth, ninth, and tenth graders, Fayetteville ran and ran, and ran some more for a glimpse of what is to come as they mature as a basketball team in the upcoming years.
Candace Daughrity scored four out of the first five points for Forrest to start the ballgame as the Lady Rockets took a 5-2 lead.
Fayetteville's Trevah Thompson scored the first ever basket in Chapel Hill for the Lady Tigers on an over the top inbounds play.
A Kirston Holder three-pointer, followed by an Adrean Jordon bucket in the paint gave Forrest a 10-2 lead late in the first period before the Lady Tigers scored on baskets by Nesya Buchanon and Jasmine Parks to make it 10-6.
Hannah Phifer hit one of three foul shots after being hacked beyond the three-point stripe and moments later, Phifer drilled a trey to open up 14-6 FHS lead.
A Buchanon steal and score gave Fayetteville hope as they trailed by just six points at 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Parks scored in the paint to open up the second quarter before the Lady Rockets went on a sizzling 13-3 run to end the first half with a big fourteen-point lead at 27-13.
Tayler Andrews scored off a Lady Tiger turnover to begin the second half and then went to the floor to gain a tie-up that was converted to two more paint points by Jordan as the Lady Rockets went up 31-13.
Thompson scored over the top again on the ensuing inbounds play and Jordan matched the Fayetteville score with another two points down low for Forrest.
Buchanon hit a pair of foul shots for Fayetteville to make it 33-17 before Savannah Brothers, Andrews, and Jordan each made one of two from the charity stripe for the Lady Rockets as they opened up a 36-17 lead on the Lincoln County girls.
Phifer and Daughrity would split eight points in the final four minutes, while the Lady Rockets' defense allowed just three more markers from the visitors in the fourteen-point win for Forrest.
Daughrity led all scorers with 13 points, Phifer scored a dozen, Brothers netted 7, Scarlett Roberson scored a half dozen, Jordan finished with five, Holder 4, Andrews and Hannah Evans both scored three points, and Cheyenne Brashear ended up with two points for Forrest.
Buchanon led the lady Tigers with 13 points, Thompson netted 8, Parks scored five, and Kerry Brown rounded out the scoring with one three-pointer for Fayetteville.