Lady Rockets in the win column

Thursday, November 22, 2012
Lady Rocket 8th grader Caitlyn Yost (11) scored a game high 10 points versus LEAD Academy in Forrest's 59-15 win over the Lady Panthers. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets garnered their first win of the season Wednesday at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament, routing LEAD Academy 59-15.

"A win is a win," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "It's a good win for the fact that the kids played our game the first half. They didn't play down to the level of what we were playing, no disrespect to them. We kept a high level of intensity, we executed, we relaxed a little bit, and some shots started falling."

Forrest, focused from outset versus the first-year Lady Panthers, displayed a great pressing defense and some hot shooting to blast off to an 18-0 first quarter lead.

Candace Daughrity scored off the opening tip, sending the Lady Rockets off and running.

Eighth grade standout Caitlyn Yost, who was the only player in double digits in the contest with 10 points, sparked Jean's crew early, scoring the next six points, including steals on back-to-back possessions that she converted into points.

After Yost's second theft, Hannah Phifer found all net on a deep three-pointer to make it a 9-0 ballgame before Daughrity swiped the rock from LEAD and found Yost on the run to put the home squad up 11-0.

Senior Hannah Phifer (35) drills a three-pointer that put the Lady Rockets up 9-0 during their first win of the year, a big 44-point victory over LEAD Academy at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament on Wednesday in Chapel Hill.

The Lady Rockets kept the pressure on, increasing their lead to 15-0 on two Savannah Brothers free throws and an Amanda Chumbley bucket in the paint.

Moments later, Scarlett Roberson scuffled on the floor for a tie-up before nailing a jumper for a 17-0 FHS lead and the first quarter ended with Hannah Evans hitting one of two from the free throw line.

Brionka Carvey finally scored for the Lady Panthers at the 7:02 mark of the second period before Daughrity sparked another Forrest surge, beginning with a short jumper, followed by a steal and dish to Yost to open up a 20-point lead.

Brothers got into the act with a hot hand, scoring the next nine points in the contest in a frantic end-to-end performance that swelled the Forrest lead to 29-2.

Daughrity, Phifer and Chumbley all scored before Jiah Toms broke the streak with a basket for LEAD, making it 35-4.

Kirston Holder put the cap on the first half with a bucket for Forrest, sending the Lady Rockets to the locker room with a huge 37-4 lead.

Jean subbed liberally throughout the second half as the Lady Rockets ran away and hid in the 44-point win.

It was the largest margin of victory by Forrest since a 62-17 shellacking over F.C. Boyd on Jan. 18, 2010.

Brothers finished with nine points in the contest, Chumbley ended up with eight points, Sierra Waggoner chipped in with a career high seven points, Daughrity scored six, Phifer and Evans netted five points apiece, Cheyenne Brashear drilled one trey, and Holder, Roberson and Brianna Mackie had two points each to round out the Forrest scoring.

Carvey led the Lady Panthers with five points, Desiree Belcher and Niecy Hunter scored three points apiece, and Toms and Ashley Debro had two markers in the game.

The Lady Rockets (1-4) will back in action on Friday versus Creekwood (3-0) and will finish their plate of Thanksgiving Tournament games with a match-up against Giles County (1-1) on Saturday.

"We play Creekwood on Friday, they are solid from top to bottom and they will make us play good and make us play something different," said Jean. "And on Saturday, Giles County same thing, they will make us play something different than Creekwood does, so we have played a different style of basketball every night since the first game," said Jean.

Forrest travels to Richland on Tuesday before opening up league play versus the District 9A defending champion Moore County Raiderettes Friday night in Chapel Hill.

"I would have liked to have been 6-2 after our first eight, but if we can get to 2-6 or 3-5, that we be alright," said Jean.