Lady Rockets survive Viqueen scare

Friday, January 13, 2012
Photo by Anthony S. Puca Forrest's Candace Daughrity (4) drives the baseline for a basket to give the Lady Rockets an 18-13 lead in the second quarter during their 18th straight win over Community Tuesday night in Unionville, 37-31.

The Forrest Lady Rockets survived a tough 67-61 battle Tuesday night in Bedford County over the Community Viqueens, extending their domination over the Unionville school to eighteen straight wins, dating back to January 30, 2004.

However, it was not easy for the Lady Rockets, who could not shake the Viqueens the entire contest with the biggest Forrest lead coming at outset of the second quarter when they led by nine points at 15-6.

"A pretty ugly win is better than a pretty loss any day," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "On defense we played well, Leverette got her twelve which is ok because she was shooting them from all over the place. Offensively, the shots are going to start to fall soon, we are taking good shots."

A Savannah Brothers trey to begin the contest, followed by a Candace Daughrity bucket gave Forrest a 5-0 lead.

Forrest would cool off and midway through the first quarter, Community cut the FHS lead to 8-6 on a Katie Leverette jumper.

The Viqueens would suffer a cold spell after the Leverette basket and a late Tayler Andrews three-pointer, followed by an Adrean Jordan bucket in the paint gave the visiting Lady Rockets a 13-6 after he first eight minutes.

Daughrity served up the nine-point lead to Community on a basket in the paint to begin the second quarter, but the Viqueens kept coming and after a pair of Leverette baskets with under four minutes to go in the half, the score was 16-13, Forrest.

Daughrity and Hannah Busbee traded buckets to end the half with Forrest holding a slim three-point lead at 18-15.

Forrest tried to pull away again after the intermission and led by eight points at 23-15 after a Scarlett Roberson three-bomb, but the Viqueens dug in and went on a 6-0 run to slice the Forrest margin to two points at 23-21.

One Adrean Jordan free throw, followed moments later by a Hannah Phifer steal and score made it a five-point game at 26-21.

The Lady Rockets took the five-point lead to the final period, 28-23, but a Leverette basket to begin the quarter gave the Viqueens another boost and the lead stayed at three points until an Andrews free throw with 3:32 remaining in the contest pushed it to four points at 33-29.

The Viqueens had a chance to cut into the Forrest lead, but could not convert a one and one and even after getting the ball back on the rebound, Jordan stole the ball and scored at the other end to stretch the Forrest lead to 35-29.

Brothers drilled both ends of a one-and-one moments after a Community turnover and the Lady Rockets would survive with the 37-31 win.

Forrest entertains second ranked Moore County on Friday and Jean said about the contest with the Raiderettes, "It is a big test, they come in ranked second in the AP Poll and that's fine. Three of our losses have come to top ten teams and three more to double and triple A schools, so we play a tough schedule for these games coming up in our district which is good from top to bottom."

Brothers, having a great freshman year, led the Lady Rockets in scoring again with 12 points, Jordan scored nine, Roberson and Daughrity netted five points apiece, Andrews scored 4, and Phifer ended up with two markers.

Leverette led the Viqueens with 12, Kristin Ray netted seven, and Busbee, Kaitlin Ensey, and Brittany Leverette all scored four points apiece.