Lady Rockets put scare into Summertown
On Saturday, the Forrest Lady Rockets (7-12) narrowly missed pulling off a big upset, as they dropped a 63-57 decision on the road to a strong Summertown Lady Eagle squad.
After advancing to the semifinals of the Class A State tournament last season, Summertown (12-2) held a 35-20 lead early in the third quarter, but the Lady Rockets came storming back and used a 31-12 run to pull ahead 51-47 with 5:10 left in the four period.
Forrest, however, was unable to keep the Lady Eagles at bay down the stretch, as Summertown outscored FHS 16-6 the rest of the way to escape with the six-point victory.
"I told the kids not to be satisfied with what we did because we didn't win the game, but we can use this as a springboard for the second half of the season," said Forrest coach Jeremy Jean.
Bolstered by a 8-of-13 shooting performance by Caitlyn Yost, the Lady Rockets shot 43 percent (22-of-51) from the field, which included a 3-of-11 effort from three-point range.
Forrest did commit 19 turnovers, but outrebounded the Lady Eagles 31-25 and held a 12-11 edge on the offensive glass.
Yost led the Lady Rockets with 19 points, while Savannah Brothers tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Tayler Andrews also added eight points and three steals, and Candace Daughrity notched six points and six rebounds. Hannah Phifer, Kirston Holder, and Amanda Chumbley rounded out the scoring for FHS with four, three, and two points respectively.
Although they shot only 39 percent (19-of-49) from the floor and made just 4-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc, Summertown committed a mere 12 turnovers and knocked down 21-of-28 free throws, compared to a 10-of-16 performance at the charity stripe by Forrest.
Megan Kilburn paced three Lady Eagle players in double figures with 17 points and five steals. Morgan Long notched 16 points for Summertown as well while Kenzie Kilburn added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Things looked bleak for FHS early on, as the Lady Eagles bolted out to a 10-1 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Lady Rockets trimmed the deficit to 14-7 by the end of the first quarter thanks to a pair of baskets from Yost and two Chumbley free throws, before Summertown went on 16-8 run to open up a 30-15 advantage late in the second period.
After Forrest narrowed the gap to 32-20 at halftime with the help of three points from Yost and a Daughrity offensive put back, Morgan Long converted a three-point play at the start of the third quarter to make it 35-20.
The Lady Eagles then saw their lead quickly evaporate, as FHS put together a 20-3 run behind seven points from Brothers, four points from Phifer, and a Holder trey to seize a 40-38 lead late in the third period.
Kenzie Kilburn hit a lay up to tie the game at 40-40, but Yost scored on offensive put back before Brothers tallied the final three points of the third quarter on a free throw and a layup to give Forrest a 45-40 advantage.
After Summertown tallied the first seven points of the fourth quarter to retake the lead at 47-45, Andrews nailed two threes to stake the Lady Rockets to a 51-47 advantage.
The Lady Eagles then outscored FHS 10-2 over the next three minutes to grab a 57-53 lead before Forrest knotted the game at 57-57 with 1:06 left on the strength of a Brothers layup and a two free throws from Yost.
Following two foul shots from Morgan Long, which put Summertown up 59-57 with :32 remaining, the Lady Rockets came up empty on their next two possessions, while Morgan Long combined to hit four free throws to seal the Lady Eagles 63-57 win.