Forrest blast burns Eagleville
The Forrest Lady Rockets travelled to Eagleville on Friday after a ten-day layoff and for a while, the Chapel Hill girls looked a little rusty before a second half explosion carried them to an easy 66-32 win.
"After the first half, we played pretty good and that's the way we have to play every night," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "After that ten-day break and the emotional win over Cascade it was tough, but the girls came out in the second half and took care of business."
Hannah Phifer was fired up from the get-go, drilling two three-pointers to begin the ballgame, but that would be all the points Forrest would score in the first quarter.
The good thing was Eagleville only scored a half dozen too.
Caitlyn Yost came out with the hot-hand to begin period number two, scoring six out of the next eight points in the contest to give Forrest a 12-8 lead.
"She (Yost) is a spark, she plays like a guy and she can get buy people and make some moves people don't see very often from girls," said Jean. "Those get us going, but we those earlier or we will be coming back from Florida with some losses."
Eagleville's Allie Burns scored to make it 12-10, but moments later Scarlett Roberson nailed a three-pointer, giving Forrest a 15-10 margin, and after an Eagleville missed shot, Yost scored on a rebound and put-back at the other end to open up a seven-point lead.
The hometown Lady Eagles would fight back, outscoring Forrest 7-4 the remainder of the second quarter to trail by four points at 21-17, entering the second half.
Building a lead
Eagleville had the ball first in the third quarter but could not convert and Phifer made them pay, drilling another three-bomb.
Candace Daughrity nailed a pair of foul shots two possessions later before Duke stopped the bleeding at the 6:20 mark.
Eagleville gained a tie-up on the floor and called timeout, but Phifer spoiled the plan after the stoppage, stealing the ball and racing in for a lay-up to open up a nine-point 28-19 lead for Forrest.
Roberson and Daughrity scored the next four points off a pair of Eagleville turnovers before Savannah Brothers came up with a steal and fed Kirston Holder for a bucket and the rout was on.
A Hannah Evans free throw made it 37-19 before Michelle Johnson broke a six-minute scoring drought with a three-pointer for Eagleville.
Roberson gave notice that there would be no let-up, raining home a buzzer beating three pointer to give Forrest a huge 40-22 lead, entering the final eight minutes.
Early in the fourth quarter, Holder found Evans in the low post for a traditional three-point play and after an Eagleville miscue, Holder scored to make it 45-23, ending any comeback hopes for the Lady Eagles.
Everyone got into the offensive act for Forrest in the final period as Cheyenne Brashear nailed two treys, Tayler Andrews loosened her knee up for a few minutes and hit a three-bomb, Amanda Chumbley knocked in four points in the low post, Brianna Mackie also scored in the paint and Krista Chapman hit two free throws.
Evans scored eight points in the fourth quarter and tied Phifer and Duke for game high honors with 11 points.
Yost and Roberson scored eight points apiece, while Daughrity, Holder and Brasher all netted six points, Andrews had the one trey, Chumbley scored three points and Chapman and Mackie ended up with a deuce.
Forrest (5-9, 2-3) travels to Disneyworld to take part in the KSA Christmas Classic with a first round game on Friday versus Ursuline High School from New Rochelle, NY.
"I hope we can get some more togetherness off the floor, I don't expect them all to be best friends, but I think going to Florida will help us get away from some distractions here and we will get to bond together as a team again," said Jean. "Hopefully, we can come back with some wins, but we just want to play well, we are playing some good teams and that will be good for us."
After their visit with Mickey Mouse and friends, the Lady Rockets return home for a road district game at Fayetteville (1-10, 0-4) on Jan. 4 and a Saturday night trip to Summertown (10-2) on Jan. 5.