Lady Rockets earn split at Eagleville Classic
The Forrest Lady Rockets (11-5) had mixed results at the Eagleville Christmas Classic last weekend, as they defeated two-time defending District 12-AA champ Page 47-39 on Friday afternoon before losing 56-49 to former District 9-A rival Cascade on Saturday.
On Friday, the Lady Rockets came flying out of the gates against Page and forged a 16-4 lead in the first quarter thanks to eight points from Caitlyn Yost and four points apiece from Margaret Bryan and Kirston Holder.
The Lady Patriots battled back in the second period and put together a 17-11 run on the strength of six points from Megan Jelonek to cut the deficit to 27-21 at halftime before Forrest extended their lead to 36-27 in the third quarter with the help of two threes from Tamia Northcutt and Savannah Brothers.
Page (2-7) then outscored FHS 12-11 in the fourth period behind six points apiece from Carli Batsel and Marlee Stephens for the 47-39 final.
Yost lead the Lady Rockets with 14 points and Hannah Evans tallied nine points. Brothers and Holder also notched six points apiece for Forrest, while Northcutt, Bryan, and Haily Collins chipped in five, four, and three points respectively.
Batsel paced the Lady Patriots with 11 points and Stephens notched eight points. Jelonek and Carmen Mariea notched six points apiece as well, while Peyton Clark added four points. Elizabeth Hood and McKinsey Marlin rounded out the scoring for Page with two points each.
Having defeated Cascade 56-45 earlier in the season, the Lady Rockets got off to a solid start in Saturday's contest and inched out to a 13-10 lead in the first quarter with the help of four points from Brothers and a Yost three-point play.
The Lady Champions (5-8) trimmed the deficit to 21-19 at halftime before Forrest outscored Cascade 20-17 in the third period on the strength of six points from Brothers, five points from Evans, and a Holder trey to stretch their lead to 41-36.
FHS, however, was unable to keep Cascade at bay down the stretch, as the Lady Champions engineered a 20-8 run in the fourth quarter behind eight points from Shaina Schneider and six points from Jessica Ervin to pull out the seven-point victory.
Yost led the Lady Rockets with 15 points, while Brothers added 12 points. Evans also notched nine points and Holder tallied four points. Kyleah Hengesbach chipped in three points for Forrest as well, while Bryan, Collins, and Sierra Waggoner each had two points.
Ervin paced Cascade with 17 points and Schneider tallied 12 points. Heather Hart, Courtnie Carter, and Sarah Edmondson also notched seven points apiece for the Lady Champions, while Bailey Suddeth, Julie Jones, and Summer Carter each had two points.