FMS swept away in season openers
Basketball season is here, opening Monday night in Chapel Hill with the FMS squads hosting Liberty, who came away with a sweep.
The FMS girls, under first-year coach Rhea Webb played the Lady Patriots almost even for three quarters, but a third quarter lapse led to a 27-22 defeat.
Liberty jumped out to a half dozen lead, holding the Lady Rockets scoreless until a Brynn Colvin bucket with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Colvin would score again with less than a minute to play, but Liberty's Kethlin Campbell made one of two from the free throw at the end of the period to give her squad a 7-4 lead.
An early second quarter bucket by FMS seventh grade lefty Katie Harmon made it a 7-6 ballgame.
Campbell responded with a basket before Tamia Northcutt scored for Forrest.
Liberty called a timeout after the Northcutt bucket, but turned the ball over after the stoppage, leading to the go-ahead basket by Harmon.
The FMS lead was short-lived as Kyleigh Hardy scored in the paint to make it an 11-10 score at the half.
Liberty started the second half, exactly as the outset of the game, scoring the first six points to go up 17-10.
Moments later, Northcutt executed a steal and score for the Lady Rockets before the Lady Pats went on a 5-1 run to end the period, and led 22-13, entering the final six minutes of play.
Liberty would slowly grow their lead to double digits at 26-16 late in the game but FMS cut the final margin to five points on another Campbell basket and a pair of scores from Kyleah Hengesbach.
Harmon led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with 7 points, Northcutt added 5, Hengesbach and Colvin scored four apiece and Dani Hoeft rounded out the tally with 2 points.
Campbell and talented Cascade transfer Kendall Durad both scored 8 points to lead Liberty in scoring, Ely netted five, Hardy had four and AJ Mitchell ended up with 2 points.
In the boys' game, Liberty jumped out on a fast and furious pace, scoring the first 16 points in the contest.
It looked like it was going to be a shutout first quarter for the Pats, but Marshall McKee's buzzer beater at the end of the period, finally got the Rockets on the board.
With Liberty leading 17-4, Brad Corder drained a three-bomb to ignite the Rockets' fuse.
A single free throw by McKee was followed by another Crowder 3-pointer and a deuce to account for a 9-0 FMS run to cut the Liberty lead to four points at 17-13.
A Chris Houston bucket stopped the FMS run and the Patriots took a 19-13 lead to the locker room.
Chris Houston and Tim Elliot traded baskets to begin the second half before Liberty scored four straight to go up 27-15.
McKee fought for a late basket in the paint to make it a ten-point ballgame, entering the final period.
Liberty put the game away in the fourth quarter, scoring the first six points in the period and held FMS to a lone McKee basket near the end of the game to win by 15.
Corder led FMS with eight points, McKee had seven and Elliot and Dustin Brushears each netted two points.