Lady Rockets nip Viqueens in OT
The Forrest Lady Rockets beat Community 53-52 Thursday night in the District 9-A consolation game at Motlow State Community College, but it was not easy as they saw at chance at victory slip out of their hands in regulation, before getting a reprieve in overtime to finish in third place.
"It was a good win, especially because we still won even though that was not the best we could have played," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "But, they really stepped up there and made some big shots when we had to."
With the win, Forrest (15-17) gets to take the 92-mile yellow bus trip to Erin Friday night where they will take on Houston County (26-6) in the first round of the Region 5-A Tournament.
The top-seeded Lady Irish finished second in the District 10-A Tournament after losing to Nashville Christian School 45-38 in the title game Saturday night in Clarksville.
Forrest and the Lady Irish have squared off four times with the Lady Rockets taking three of the meetings, including region tournament wins in 2006 and 2007.
"If we make it a half-court game it will be a long night for us," said Jean. "If we can get them out running, than we can beat them."
The two squads met in a Hall of Fame match-up last season, won by the Lady Irish 53-42 in Erin.
"We have played up there the last two summers," said Jean. "So, it's not like it is going to be unfamiliar territory."
Community was looking to add to the heartburn between the two ball clubs, especially last season's first-round elimination loss by Forrest to the Viqueens and early on, the Unionville girls led by double digits before settling for a 16-9 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Forrest began to mix it up as four different players tallied in the period to cut the Community lead to a single point at 24-23 by halftime.
Caitlyn Yost scored four points, Savannah Brothers and Candace Daughrity added a half dozen free-throw points with a trio of foul shots apiece, and Hannah Evans and Tayler Andrews chipped in with a pair of baskets.
Both squads scored 10 points in the third quarter as Community held on to the one-point lead, entering the final eight minutes of regulation.
It was a back-and-forth affair going down to the wire with Forrest leading late, but a Sarah Pierce layup with 2.0 seconds left in the game sent the battle to overtime, tied at 46.
Foul shooting came to the forefront in the fourth quarter as Forrest went 7-10 and the Viqueens went 6-9 in the period.
The Lady Rockets were down by two points and Community was at the foul line with 20 seconds to go in overtime with a chance to put the game away.
Tying it up
They missed the first and then missed the second, and Kirston Holder grabbed the rebound and went the distance for a layup, tying the game at 52 with 11 seconds remaining in the game.
"I wanted a timeout there, but Kirston got the shot we wanted," said Jean. "They were calm at the end and they weren't rattled."
On the ensuing inbounds play, Brothers stole the ball and was fouled.
"Brothers made a great defensive move there," said Jean "She has been doing that all year for us."
After missing the first attempt, Brothers drained the second shot, putting the Lady Rockets up 53-52.
A desperation heave was off the mark by Community as time ran out in the thriller at Motlow.
Daughrity led the Lady Rockets with 16 points and was 5-6 from the free-throw line, while Brothers ended up with 12 points, including a sparkling 8-10 effort from the free-throw line.
Holder, Evans and Yost added six points apiece, Andrews scored four, Scarlett Roberson added two, and Hannah Phifer scored one point.
District 9-A All-Season Team
Forrest: Kaitlin Yost, Savannah Brothers
Fayetteville: Trevah Thompson
Eagleville: Nicole Duke
Huntland: Alexis Smith
Community: Katie Leverette, Sarah Pierce
MTCS: Ashlynn Wilkerson, Morgan Smith
Cascade: Kelsey Parker, Elora Skuce, Haley Edmondson
Moore Co.: Erica Limbaugh, Kelsey Camp, Erin Thomas, Sarah Raby (MVP)
Cascade: Haley Edmondson, Haylee Simpson, Elora Skuce
Forrest: Scarlett Roberson, Savannah Brothers
Community: Sarah Pierce
Huntland: Alexis Smith
Moore Co.: Kelsey Camp, Erin Thomas, Sarah Raby (MVP)