Hall of Fame losses stymie Lady Rockets
To say Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean was unhappy Saturday night in Chapel Hill after his Lady Rockets' squad Hall of Fame double pummel that kept them winless would be an understatement.
"We are here because this morning, we didn't show up, we had zero effort from the majority of the kids that played, who weren't ready to play," said Jean after the Loretto game.
Forrest lost by 19 points Saturday morning to Pope John Paul II in their first game and in the nightcap, the Loretto Lady Mustangs stampeded the Chapel Hill girls 50-35.
"Loretto's big, they do things right, they are physical, we played harder, but we could just not make a shot," said Jean. "If you can't score, you can't win, that's what we had last year and we ended up 15-13. If the kids don't come in and shoot on their own we will have another 15-13 year, if we're lucky."
The Lady Rockets were knotted 6-6 with JPII after the first quarter before the offensive dry spell kicked in as the Lady Knights outscored Forrest 33-14 the rest of the game to win going away.
Candace Daughrity scored nine points to lead the Lady Rockets in the scoring column.
Hannah Evans was next with three points, Caitlyn Yost, Hannah Phifer and Savannah Brothers all had two points apiece, while Sierra Waggoner and Kirston Holder had a single marker each.
Lady Knight Demisha Porter was the only player in double figures with 10 points.
Forrest jumped out to quick 3-0 lead versus Loretto beginning with a Yost free throw, followed one possession later by a basket in the lane from the eighth grader.
Sabre Sirmones hit two of two from the free throw line to get Loretto on the scoreboard, but Yost came right back with another basket to make it 5-2.
Forrest would go up 7-4 moments later on a Scarlett Roberson bucket before the Lady Mustangs ended the quarter with a 9-4 run to lead 13-11 after the first eight minutes of action.
Two consecutive baskets by Loretto's Rachel Burden to begin the second quarter sparked the Lady Mustangs to a 7-0 run, forcing Jean to call timeout with 4:31 remaining in the period with his squad trailing 20-11.
Hannah Phifer scored for Forrest after the stoppage, but three points by Brothers would be all the home team would score the rest of the quarter, while Loretto scored four to lead 24-16, entering the second half.
The Lady Rockets tried to kick in a comeback and got as close as seven points at 32-25 late in the period after Roberson drained three consecutive foul shots.
Cayla Wallace answered for Loretto on a three-pointer with a few seconds remaining in the third quarter and then began the final period with another long-range missile to put her squad up 38-25.
That was all she wrote for Forrest as they never closer than eleven points in the 15-point loss.
Roberson had 11 points, Brothers ended up with seven, Yost had all five of her points at the outset, and Phifer, Amanda Chumbley and Daughrity all scored four points apiece.
Sirmones led all scorers with 14 points, while Burden and Wallace were both in double figures with 10 points apiece.
Forrest takes on the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (2-0) Monday night in Chapel Hill.
The Lady Rockets have won 10 straight over Cornersville, dating back to Dec. 2, 2003.