Cascade sends Forrest on the road
The Forrest Lady Rockets' five-game winning streak came to an end Monday night in the semifinals of the District 9-A Tournament at Motlow State Community College as the Cascade Lady Champions went coast-to-coast, winning 54-47.
Forrest (14-17) will return to Copperweld Arena in Lynchburg on Thursday in a consolation game versus the Community Viqueens (16-12), who almost pulled off an upset over top-seeded Moore County (26-4) before falling on the final play of the game.
Cascade (19-8) and Moore County will host first round Region 5-A Tournament games, while the Lady Rockets and the Viqueens will take a bus trip to the number one and two seeds in District 10-A next week in an elimination game.
Cascade jumped all over Forrest to begin the semifinal, scoring the first seven points of the game before a single free throw by Hannah Phifer finally got the Lady Rockets on the board at the 5:22 mark of the first period.
The Lady Champs went right back to work as Haylee Simpson scored on a rebound and put-back before Andrea Pigg hit a jumper after a Forrest missed shot, making it 11-1.
Moments later, Simpson drilled a three-pointer, putting Forrest in a deep 14-1 hole.
Phifer got the three right back and the Lady Rockets managed to cut the lead to 10 points at 16-6 by the end of the first period.
After a Simpson bucket maintained the 10-point lead for Cascade at the 6:06 mark of the second quarter, Forrest began their comeback on a pair of free throws by Caitlyn Yost and one by Savannah Brothers.
Cascade proceeded to turn the ball over and Scarlett Roberson made them pay, draining a three-bomb to cut the Lady Champs' lead to 18-14.
Elora Skuce righted the Cascade ship, bookending a pair of treys around a Candace Daughrity steal and score to make it a 24-16 ballgame.
Forrest surged again, scoring the final six points of the first half on two Yost buckets and a Roberson basket and they headed to the locker room with the momentum, trailing by two points at 24-22.
The orange and black clad Lady Champions stole the momentum right back, going on an 8-2 run to begin the second half and led 32-24.
Daughrity stopped the bleeding for Forrest with a three-pointer and by the end of the third period, the Lady Rockets trailed by five points, 35-30.
Phifer went downtown to begin the final eight minutes, pulling FHS to within two points of the Lady Champs.
Cascade surged forward once more, leading 39-34 when Forrest cut their lead to a single point, beginning with a Brothers' three-bomb.
After a single Simpson free throw, Brothers drove to the hoop and scored, making it 40-39 with five minutes remaining in the contest.
Forrest was still trailing by one point two possessions later at 42-41 when the Lady Champs made the decisive push of the contest, outscoring Forrest 7-0 to put the game away and secure a spot in the D9-A title game Thursday night versus Moore County.
Simpson led all scorers in the contest with 17 points, while Skuce netted 11, Kelsey Parker chipped in with nine points, Edmondson added eight, Pigg had seven, and Jessica Ervin netted a deuce for Cascade.
Brothers had 13 points to lead FHS in the scoring column and Roberson was also in double figures with 11.
Yost scored seven points, Daughrity chipped in with six and Evans and Phifer added four each, while Tayler Andrews and Kirston Holder each put up a deuce.
Thursday's consolation game is set for a 6 p.m. start at Motlow.