Rockets get the job done in Lynchburg
Sometimes it is not pretty, you just get the job done and that was the case Friday night in Lynchburg for Forrest as the Rockets came away with 56-41 win over Moore County.
The Rockets led from start to finish for their second defeat over Moore County this season.
"I was proud of them, we had a great couple of days of practice, really all we focused on was defensive intensity and playing hard the whole game," said Forrest head coach Wes Hobbs. "To come out and do that was really the difference."
Zach Horvath opened up the scoring in the ballgame and Lucas Pruitt made it 4-0 after a Raider turnover.
An offensive foul call on Moore County sent the teams to the Forrest offensive end where J.P. Robinson fouled Horvath.
Horvath made both charity shots and after a Raider miscue, Mark Pope nailed a jumper to make it 8-0.
Moore County called timeout, but Tyler "Juice" Rumley came up with a steal out of the stoppage and drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key, opening up an 11-0 FHS lead.
Chris Nix broke the Forrest shutout with a free throw for Moore County with 3:48 remaining in the opening period and the Rockets would go on to lead 12-5 after the first eight minutes.
Forrest would score nine points in the second period with Dakota Zimmerman notching five and Horvath adding four points, but Moore County's deficit was still eight points at the half, as the Rockets held them in check defensively.
Rumley and Zimmerman scored on back-to-back trips down the floor for Forrest to begin the second half, extending their lead to a dozen points at 25-13.
A pair of baskets by Moore County's Dillon Davis cut the FHS lead eight, but the Rockets took off again, building their lead to 14-points twice before the quarter ended with the Rockets holding a 37-27 lead.
Forrest would do their damage to begin the final period from the foul line as Lucas Pruitt hit one free throw and Pope and Zimmerman added two charity shots apiece, opening a 42-27 lead for the Rockets.
The Forrest defense would not allow the Raiders to surge on their home floor as the game wound down in the 15-point win for the Rockets.
"It's always hard to play here and hard to win here," said Hobbs. "We wanted to control the game. I think too many times this year we let the other team dictate what we do, especially on defense, we wanted to be the aggressor."
Rumley scored a game high 19 points for Forrest, Zimmerman added 11, Jacob Daughrity and Horvath tacked on eight points apiece, Pope netted six, Pruitt had three and Ty Hoeft added a single marker.
Cole Boyce was the only Raider in double figures with 10 points.
The Rockets (11-8, 3-5) still have a lot of work to do to get back in the top echelon of the District 9-A race with must wins needed versus Eagleville (7-10, 3-5), Huntland (12-6, 5-3), and MTCS (12-4, 5-1) in their next three games.