After the Forrest Lady Rockets were mangled 59-35 by the Lady Eagles in game one, the fans in Summertown were treated to a Saturday night fight in the wrap-up as the District 9-A leading Forrest Rockets (18-7, 11-1) took on the District 12-A second place Eagles (14-8, 6-2).
Playing in the Summertown gym is a tough task, evident by the Eagles' undefeated record at home (10-0) this season, including big wins over Spring Hill, Perry County, Mt. Pleasant, and McEwen.
The Forrest Rockets had been red-hot lately, coming into the ballgame on a ten-game winning streak, but found out no lead is big enough as they fell by one point 52-51 after the potential game winning play went awry at the last second.
"I think we gave them a great game and a great effort, there is a lot of mutual respect between these two teams, and I think that is what makes this rivalry so good," said FHS head coach Wes Hobbs.
The ballgame was tied at nine after the first period, before Forrest picked up the pace with 16-12 second quarter to lead 25-21 at the half.
Marshall Hunter, who nailed two three-bombs in the first quarter, drilled two more long range missiles in the second period to go along with a single trey from Jacob Daughrity.
The Eagles quickly tied the game on baskets by Craig Allen and Jordan Chard, but the Rockets took off again, going on a 9-2 spurt, highlighted by a Mark Pope three-pointer to lead 34-27.
After a Chard bucket, Hunter would hit another three to put the Rockets up 37-29, but the Eagles scored five straight as the third period expired with Forrest leading 37-34.
A Zach Ray bucket in the paint gave Forrest a 42-37 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Eagles soared away on an 11-0 run on four points by Chard and Seth Wright, plus a deep three-ball by Tanner McGill that gave Summertown a 48-42 lead with 3:24 remaining in the contest.
Chard wasted no time scoring at the other end to give the Eagles a 52-51 lead, forcing a Rocket timeout with 22 seconds left.
Pope missed a three-pointer after the stoppage, but Forrest stayed in the game when Summertown missed both ends of a one and one and the Rockets called time again with 6.6 seconds left.
"The guys fought and did not give up," said Hobbs. "You don't ever want to prepare for the district tournament playing against teams that are weak. This will do nothing but make us better."
Chard led all scorers in the game with 27 points and Allen had 14 for Summertown, while Hunter led the Rockets with 17 points (5 treys) and Pope netted a dozen.
In the girls' game, Forrest led 6-5 after a Scarlett Roberson jumper, but that was all she wrote as the number four ranked Lady Eagles demolished Forrest, outscoring the Lady Rockets 45-12 by the end of the third quarter in the eventual 24-point win.
"Summertown has the guards to play with anybody, they have two good post players, and I think they will be tough to beat," said Forrest coach Jeremy Jean. "I don't feel like we quit tonight, we just had a bad night. I was afraid this might happen after all the highs and lows emotionally from last night."
Savannah Brothers and Tayler Andrews had nine points each to lead Forrest, while Summertown put three players in double figures [Courtney Grooms (14), Megan Kilburn (13), and Claire Franklin (11)].