Rockets handed losses by Page, Cascade
The Forrest Rockets (5-10) began gearing up for an important stretch of District games by taking on two Class AA opponents at the Eagleville Christmas Classic last weekend.
Forrest lost to the Page Patriots 62-47 on Friday afternoon before dropping a 77-52 decision to former District 9-A rival Cascade on Saturday.
The Rockets fell into an early hole against Page (7-6), as the Patriots raced out to an 18-11 lead in the first quarter behind seven points from Garrett Sharp and four points from Dylan White before outscoring FHS 14-8 in the second period to open up a 32-19 advantage at halftime.
After Page engineered a 21-12 run in the third quarter, highlighted by two treys from Luke Roney and a pair of Stewart Ringstaff threes, to stretch their lead to 53-31, the Rockets outscored the Patriots 16-9 in the fourth period on the strength of four points apiece from Gary Lukonen, Ty Hoeft, and Lucas Pruitt for the 62-47 final.
Hoeft led Forrest with 13 points and Lucas Pruitt added 11 points. Jacob Daughrity also tallied six points, while Kennedy Mathis, Lukonen, and Jake Townsend each notched five points. Jesse Pruitt rounded out the scoring for the Rockets with two points.
Ringstaff paced Page with 13 points, while Sharp, White, and Christian Denton all finished with 10 points apiece. Roney notched six points for the Patriots as well.
Having won the last three meetings against FHS, which includes a 75-54 victory on Nov. 30, Cascade (11-1) blitzed the Rockets at the start of Saturday's contest and jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter with the help of two Will Holt threes and five points from Sam Gardner.
The Champions continued to rapidly expand their lead in the second period and put together a 25-12 run on the strength of four treys from Holt and five points from Alex Hatchett to forge a 44-16 advantage at the break.
Forrest finally gained their bearings at the start of the second half and trimmed the deficit to 58-31 in the third quarter thanks to eight points from Daughrity, four points from Will Edmonson, and a Caleb Hogan trey before outscoring Cascade 21-19 in the fourth period behind six points apiece from Edmonson and Lucas Pruitt for the 77-52 final.
Edmonson led Forrest with 12 points, while Daughrity and Lucas Pruitt both tallied eight points. Townsend also added six points and Mathis notched five points. Lukonen, Colton Cook, and Hogan each chipped in three points for the Rockets as well, while Jesse Pruitt and Hoeft had two points apiece.
Holt drilled seven treys overall and paced Cascade with 25 points. Hatchett followed Holt with 11 points, while Gardner and Jesse Barnes both tallied nine points. Austin Gentry also notched six points for the Champions.