Summertown too much for Lady Rockets
Summertown rolled into Chapel Hill Saturday night with a swagger and then the Class A number seven ranked Lady Eagles backed it up with a convincing 56-34 win over the Lady Rockets.
The Lady Eagles looked strong and in control, attacking Forrest (7-10) with a pressure defense that caused numerous Forrest turnovers in the contest, and on offense the Lady Eagles displayed a lethal combination of an inside power game supported by a deadeye three-point barrage.
Summertown (13-2) was successful on seven three-point attempts, including four by Morgan Long, two from Karlie Harville, and one by Megan Kilburn.
Lady Eagle point guard Sommer Smith opened up the contest with a three-point play on a drive in to the paint before Forrest freshman Savannah Brothers hit one of two from the line on one possession, and after a Summertown offensive foul, Tayler Andrews went to the line and made one of two to tie the game at 3.
A Summertown miscue led to a Brothers score to put the Lady Rockets up 5-3, before Morgan Long went downtown for her initial three-bomb to make it 6-5, Lady Eagles.
At the other end, Brothers threaded the needle on a pass to Amanda Chumbley in the paint for a lay-up and the hometown girls took a 7-6 lead with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter.
Alissa Hunter made two free throws for the visitors, Harville drilled a trey moments later, and Morgan Long scored underneath as the quarter came to a close with Summertown leading 13-7.
Hannah Phifer drained a three-pointer for Forrest to begin the second period and after a Summertown missed shot, Brothers made one charity shot to get her squad to within two points at 13-11.
Smith scored on a runner and Brothers went the line again and made two more free throws to keep the margin at two points, before Morgan Long and Kilburn hit back-to-back treys, opening up a 21-13 lead on Forrest.
Andrews threw down a three-pointer for Forrest to cut it to five at 21-16, but from there, Summertown outscored the Lady Rockets 10-4 to end the first half with a 31-20 lead.
The Lady Eagles put the game away early in the second half as the tore off 11 straight points to begin the third quarter before the Lady Rockets finally scored midway through the period on an Andrews steal and score, but the game was out of hand with Summertown leading by twenty, 42-22.
The Lady Eagles went on to lead 47-24 at the end of three periods and for much of the fourth period, the reserves finished the contest for both squads in the twenty-two point loss for Forrest.
Morgan Long led all scorers with 16 points, Kilburn had 14, Harville was in double digits with 10, Smith ended up with 7, and Hunter and Lori Long rounded out the Summertown scoring with two points apiece.
Brothers had 10 points to lead Forrest, Andrews and Phifer scored eight each, Kirston Holder had one three-pointer, Chumbley and Adrean Jordan scored two points apiece, and Scarlett Roberson had one.