Raiderettes too much for Forrest

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Forrest Lady Rockets suffered through a 60-20 pummeling at the hands of Moore County Friday night in Lynchburg.

It was the fourth straight loss to the Raiderettes and the forty-point margin was the largest by either squad since at least the turn of the century with Moore County holding a 14-8 advantage in the last 22 contests, dating back to Dec. of 2001.

"It was embarrassing," said Forrest head coach and former Moore County standout Jeremy Jean. "It was embarrassing because it was not us that was out there. We had a game plan that was working and then we decided we didn't want to guard anybody, because we didn't want to and we have got to find a way to fix that or every game will be a loss."

The Lady Rockets were shutout in the first quarter 9-0, but hung tough and made a run to begin period number two.

Savannah Brothers (21) drive to the hoop for the Lady Rockets' first basket of the game in the second quarter.

A three-point play in the paint by Sara Raby to start the second period put Forrest in a 12-point hole before Savannah Brothers finally scored on a driving layup with 6:28 remaining in the first half.

After a Moore County turnover, Kirston Holder scored on a drive through the lane.

One free throw by Caitlyn Yost moments later made it a 12-5 ballgame, before Mikayla Ray hit two foul shots to put Moore County in front 14-5.

Brothers drilled a three-pointer at the other end, cutting the lead to 14-8 and that would be as close as the Lady Rockets would get the rest of the night.

Moore County pulled away and they did it with shock and awe from long range, scoring 15 points via five three-pointers in two minutes to take a 29-11 lead at the half.

Forrest had 13 first half turnovers and 22 for the ballgame.

"Our guards had way too many turnovers," said Jean. "They're not turnovers going anywhere, they are turnovers off our foot or making decisions we shouldn't even be thinking about making. They have to be aggressive, kick and shoot and nobody wanted to shoot tonight."

Sarah Raby nailed the first of the five treys, Erin Limbaugh hit two and Erin Thomas and Camp drilled the others.

At the outset of the third quarter, things went from bad to worse as Raby scored in the low post and Camp followed with another three-bomb before Yost scored with Forrest trailing 34-13.

It would get even uglier as the Raiderettes would outscore Forrest 9-2 for the remainder of the third quarter and the Lady Rockets trailed by 28-points, entering the fourth quarter.

Forrest's Caitlyn Yost (11) drives the lane and would be fouled on the play, but Yost and her Lady Rockets teammates were blown-out by Moore County 60-20 Friday night in Lynchburg.Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Moore County cruised to the blowout win to improve to 17-4 overall on the season and 7-1 in District 9-A play, while Forrest dropped to 8-13 on the season and remained tied for fourth place in league play with a 4-4 record.

Forrest has a chance to make some headway over the next four games, hosting Eagleville, Huntland and MTCS in the next three games before going back on the road to Cascade on Jan. 25.

Brothers had seven points to lead Forrest in the scoring column, while Yost netted four, Tayler Andrews posted three points and Holder, Scarlett Roberson and Hannah Evans all had a deuce.

Camp (2 treys) had a game high 15 points for Moore County, Ray (1 trey) and Thomas (2 treys) both scored 11 points apiece, Raby was also in double figures with 10 (1 trey), Limbaugh scored six (1 trey), Lily Foster scored four (1 trey), Abby Grogan scored two and Whitney Lemmon had one point for the Raiderettes.