FMS splits with Eagleville
FMS took on Eagleville for some Monday night basketball in Chapel Hill, beginning with a nail biting 28-24 win by the Lady Rockets, but the Rockets could not get the sweep as they lost to the Eagles 41-28.
An early Brynn Colvin basket and a fast break bucket by Madison Curtis at the buzzer was all the scoring the Lady Rockets could manage in the first quarter versus Eagleville, but they trailed by just two points at 6-4.
In the second period, FMS outscored the Lady Eagles 13-4 thanks to some great defense and second chance buckets to lead at the half 17-10.
Kyleah Hengesbach and Katie Harmon both netted four points in the period, Colvin hit three out of four from the free throw line and Tamia Northcutt scored after a Colvin steal.
The shooting went cold for FMS in period number three as the Lady Eagles charged back, outscoring the Lady Rockets 9-4 to trail by just two points at 21-19, entering the final six minutes of play.
Eagleville's comeback was keyed by a balanced scoring attack as Ryleigh Cobb, Kayelyn Batey, and Tori Laidig all scored a deuce and Mallory Mosieri nailed a three-pointer.
With 3:44 remaining in the contest, Abigail Greene scored off a Forrest turnover to give the Lady Eagles a 22-21 lead, but it was short-lived as Colvin scored on a set play underneath, seesawing the lead back to FMS.
An Eagleville missed shot sent Forrest the other way where Hengesbach was fouled and went to the free throw line where she hit one of two, giving FMS a 24-22 lead.
Undaunted, Cobb tied the game at 24-24 with 2:15 left in the contest.
For the next minute, there was no scoring before Eagleville called timeout at the 1:13 mark, but could not score after the stoppage.
Colvin was fouled underneath with 32 seconds remaining in the game and calmly drained the first free throw, but missed the second, giving FMS a 25-24 lead.
The Lady Eagles could not score and down the stretch, Hengesbach hit the front end of a one and one with 11 seconds left.
Eagleville was running out of time and could come up with the tying goal.
Seconds later, the Lady Eagles were whistled for an intentional foul on Hengesbach with .09 remaining in the game and she hit one of two.
FMS was awarded the ball and Colvin iced the contest, hitting one of two charity shots with .07 seconds left for the four-point win.
Colvin and Hengesbach led all scorers with nine points apiece, while Tamia Northcutt and Harmon scored four each and Curtis ended up with the one basket.
The Lady Rockets (3-8) have just three regular season games remaining until the World Tournament commences on Dec. 3 in Chapel Hill.
In the boys' game, Eagleville pitched a 10-0 first quarter shutout and built their lead to 14-0 before the Rockets finally got in the scoring column on a Brad Corder lay-up with 3:53 remaining in the first half.
Marshall McKee scored eight points over the next few minutes and a Tim Elliot basket at the buzzer cut Eagleville's lead to 18-12 at the half.
The Eagles, behind the strong effort by Joseph Sewell in the post built their lead to 27-14 late in the third quarter before McKee scored the final four points in the period to make it 27-18, entering the final six minutes.
Forrest could not mount a big enough comeback as Eagleville outscored the Rockets 14-10 in the fourth quarter for the 13-point win.
McKee ended up with 17 points in the contest, but Sewell outscored everyone with a strong 24-point effort.