Hungry FMS hoops squads sweep Moore County
Forrest basketball hosted their annual chili supper fundraiser on Monday and the hunger inducing smells must have made the FMS squads hungry too as they garnered their first wins of the year in a sweep over Moore County.
The girls' game was a typical Forrest versus Moore County hardwood skirmish that went the distance.
Defense versus the ability to handle the ball ruled the game as the two squads combined for 25 first half turnovers.
"It was a good win and I think we made it over the hump and can go forward from here," said FMS girls' head coach Rhea Webb. "I think they are coming together and beginning to work more as a team and relying on each other."
Inside the four-minute mark, Moore County's Faith Cauble and Forrest's Brynn Colvin traded free throws.
After a two-minute scoring drought by both sides, Moore County's Chrissy Lockhart scored in the paint to make it 3-1 and that would end the scoring the remainder of the first quarter.
Grace Cauble made it 5-3 on the Raiderettes' first touch of the second period before Kyleah Hengesbach scored at the other end, and then stole the inbounds pass and fed Colvin in the lane for a bucket, tying the game at 5-5.
At the 3:42 mark, Hengesbach hit one of two from the free throw line, putting FMS In the lead for the first time in the contest.
A Dani Hoeft short-range jumper with 51.0 seconds left gave the Lady Rockets an 8-5 lead, but the Raiderettes came back, beginning with a single Shayla Castillo free throw and ending on a buzzer beater by Emily Parks, making it a 10-8 ballgame at the half in favor of Forrest.
Early in the second half, Hengesbach drilled a three-bomb to make it 13-8 and the FMS defense went to work, causing two turnovers that led to a successful Hoeft jumper and seventh grader Katie Harmon's first basket of the game for a 17-8 home team lead.
We played really good defense, packing it in with the 2-3, so they couldn't work it inside and we did a good job with our press also," said Webb.
Moore County fought back again on a pair of Sloan Mann baskets in the paint, sandwiched around a Parks free throw.
Hengesbach drove to the basket for a quarter ending bucket; giving FMS a 19-13 lead, entering the final six minutes of play.
Moore County surged from the outset of the fourth quarter, scoring six out the first eight points to make it a 21-19 ballgame.
Hengesbach scored for FMS for a little breathing room, but the Raiderettes were up to the task and would come back to tie the ballgame at 23-23 on a Lockhart free throw with 1:04 remaining in the game.
"We got a little excited when we were ahead and didn't calm down like we should have, but we are learning and I think we will get better from here," said Webb.
Hengesbach scored at the other end to put the Lady Rockets back in front at 25-23 and over the next 41 seconds, both teams had opportunities at the free throw line to either tie the game for Moore County or stretch the lead for FMS, but all were missed and the game ended.
Hengesbach led all scorers with a dozen points, Hoeft scored four, Colvin ended up with three, and Tamia Northcutt, Harmon and Caitlyn McKenzie all had two points apiece.
Mann had eight points to led Moore County, Grace Cauble scored five, Parks and Lockhart each had three, Katie Thomas tallied two points, and Faith Cauble and Castillo had a single marker.
The boys' game was a blowout from the start, plain and simple as the Rockets easily won their first game of the year 41-16.
"It was a good win," said FMS head coach Randy Toombs. "We knew they were down, but the boys jumped on them quick, pounded on them, kept the cushion and all the kids got to play."
Marshall McKee scored first for FMS, followed by a pair of Jacob Jones free throws.
A steal and dish by Austin Bailey to Brad Corder made it 6-0 before Moore County finally got on the scoreboard at the 3:28 mark of the first period on a basket by Ethan Perry.
That would be the last time the Raiders would find the cords in the quarter as the Rockets put up ten straight points and led 16-2 after the first six minutes.
Jones, coming off an injury, played his first game of the season for Forrest and turned in immediate dividends, pouring in all of his game high eight points in the first quarter.
"Getting Jones back was huge, he gives you a presence in the post that can score" said Toombs. "If you have to worry about Jones, Marshall gets his and if you worry about Marshall, Jones gets his points and that is tough on the other team."
Austin Holdermeyer made one of two from the free throw line for Moore County to begin the second quarter.
That would be it for the Raiders, as they did not score a field goal before the half ended.
"I'm pleased, we went into our press and we hadn't done that yet and it was pretty decent because everybody was going to where they were supposed to be," said Toombs.
Jeremy Woods netted all five of his points in the second quarter and Bailey drilled a three-pointer and a deuce jumper, while McKee scored once and the Rockets led by a wide margin, 28-3 at the half.
Toombs called off the dogs, emptying the bench after Corder drilled a trey to begin the second half.
Jaylan Smith netted four points over the final 12 minutes for Forrest, and Dustin Brushears, Dylan Wyatt and Colby Bluehart all had one bucket apiece in Forrest win.