"I told the guys after the game, I wouldn't trade them for anybody," said Forrest head coach Wes Hobbs. "They played hard until the end and that shows a lot about them as a team."
Huntland's Seth Satterfield scored 20 of his game high 27 points in the second half, including four out of his five three-pointers in the contest.
The Hornets went downtown 11 times in the contest, while Forrest tallied five treys in the loss.
Hornets on fire
"It seems like they were on fire all night," said Hobbs. "We had to stay in some help side and they made some big shots."
The Rockets hit their first stage in a hurry, jumping out to an early 11-2 lead behind some great team defense and seven points from Zach Horvath.
Huntland clawed their way back, out-scoring Forrest 8-3 in the last four minutes to trail by four points after the first eight minutes.
Jacob McLennan followed with a trey and after a tie-up on the floor that went to Huntland, McLennan scored again to cut the FHS lead to two points.
A 14-8 offensive resurgence by Forrest, capped by a Jacob Daughrity three-bomb gave the visiting Rockets a 31-23 lead.
Once again, the hometown Hornets came up with a late surge, including three-pointers by Evans Ray and Satterfield at the buzzer, slicing Forrest's lead to a single point at the half.
Horvath and Daughrity scored on back-to-back possessions to begin the second half, but Satterfield went off over the next two minutes, nailing a trio of long three-pointers to give Huntland a 43-41 lead.
A Kobe Foster basket, followed by a McLennan jumper upped the Hornets' lead to six points before Horvath scored the next five points in the contest, making it 47-46.
The Hornets took a timeout with 43.2 seconds remaining in the period and it paid off as Foster got open on the wing and buried a three-pointer, making it a 50-46 ballgame, entering the final eight minutes of play.
With three minutes to go in the game, Huntland held a 61-56 lead when Daughrity was called for a technical foul, fighting for the ball on the floor.
McLennan made one of two from the line, but the questionable call on Daughrity seemed to buoy the Rockets, who stormed back on a steal and score by Tyler "Juice" Rumley and a three-pointer by Ty Hoeft, making it a one-point game at 62-61 with 1:38 left in the contest.
Satterfield was fouled and made both attempts before the Rockets coughed the ball up on a turnover.
Mark Pope swiped the rock right back and fed Rumley on the run for a score and Hobbs called timeout with 51.3 seconds left, trailing by one point.
FHS fouled Satterfield again and he made two more foul shots, but a quick basket at the other end by Dakota Zimmerman kept it at a one-point game.
After another Forrest timeout, Satterfield was clutch again, making two more free throws and the Rockets were unable to score in the offensive end.
This time, Evans Ray made two of two from the line, making it a five-point margin, too big for the Rockets to overcome.
Hobbs, who was upset after the game because of some taunting by Huntland late in the game that was not whistled by the officials said, "It was same type of game last year, the same kind of stuff."
Rumley led the Rockets in the scoring column with 21 points, Horvath finished with 19, Daughrity was also in double figures with 10, Hoeft had seven, Zimmerman netted six, and Pope and Lucas Pruitt both finished with a deuce.