Rockets take down Bulldogs

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Forrest's Mark Pope (20) takes it strong to the basket after a first quarter steal. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest beat the Cornersville 72-45 Monday night in Chapel Hill night, making it 11 in a row over the Bulldogs and two wins in row for the Rockets after starting the season with two losses.

"We came out a little slow at first, but we got it together," said Forrest's Zach Horvath. "They have some really good drivers on their team, so we had to get our press going and we did."

After an Alex Walker three-pointer gave the Bulldogs an early 9-5 first quarter lead, Forrest got two free throws from Horvath, making 9-7.

Alex Walker (23) scores two of his 10 points in the Bulldogs' 72-45 loss to Forrest in Chapel Hill Monday night.

The Rockets' defense kicked in as Mark Pope stole the ball and scored at the other end and Jacob Daughrity followed with another steal and score to put Forrest in the lead.

Ty Hoeft got into the thievery for Forrest with a steal and dish to Horvath, making it 13-9 before a Zach Smith bucket stopped the bleeding for the Bulldogs.

A Daughrity three-bomb near the end of the first quarter gave Forrest a 20-13 lead, but a late Jacob Reeves basket cut the Rockets' lead to 20-15 after the first eight minutes.

Hayden McMahon opened the second quarter with a basket for the Dawgs and Daughrity went downtown before a Walker rebound and put-back made the score 23-19, FHS.

The Rockets soared ahead on back-to-back treys by Horvath and Hoeft, stretching their lead to 29-21.

A McMahon bucket cut the margin to a half dozen before seven straight points by Tyler "Juice" Rumley pushed the Rockets out in front 36-23.

Cornersville scored six points and the Rockets scored four before the first half ended with Forrest leading 40-29.

At the outset of the second half, Horvath put the game away for the Rockets, scoring the first seven points in the period to swell Forrest's lead to 47-29.

"Coach (Wes Hobbs) got us inspired and pumped up with a great speech at halftime and we came out fighting because we knew we had to," said Horvath. "He told us to man up on defense and guard them."

The Rockets would maintain the 14-point lead at the end of the third quarter, and in the fourth period they increased the margin, eventually winning by 27 points.

Horvath led all scorers in the game with 16 points, Daughrity and Rumley netted 15 points apiece, Hoeft finished with seven, Dakota Zimmerman and Jake Townsend scored four each, Kennedy Mathis and Lucas Pruitt had a deuce, and Caleb Keller had one free throw.

McMahon led the Dawgs in the scoring column with 11 points, while Walker ended up in double figures with 10, Jacob "Pops" Griffis scored six, Zach Smith had four, Reeves and David Looney netted two points apiece and Tate Lowery had one marker for Cornersville.