Lady Rockets rout Huntland at home
Coming off a disappointing 65-50 loss to Middle Tennessee Christian two days earlier, the Forrest Lady Rockets (15-8, 5-3 District) unleashed their wrath on an overmatched Huntland squad, as they pounded the Lady Hornets 76-36 on Monday at home.
Forrest came out firing on all cylinders and built a 46-22 lead in the first half before opening up a 74-30 advantage at the end of the third quarter en route to claiming their third straight victory over Huntland (8-13, 2-7 District).
The Lady Rockets scorched the nets for much of the evening and shot a blistering 53 percent (30-of-57) from the field, highlighted by a 7-of-13 effort from three-point range. FHS also committed just 10 turnovers, outrebounded the Lady Hornets 32-18, and held an 11-4 edge on the offensive glass.
"This is the best game we've played since we faced Summertown," said Forrest coach Jeremy Jean. "Tonight we were just focused on what we needed to do to win. We played with a lot of energy and did the little things right."
Caitlyn Yost led three Lady Rocket players in double figures with 19 points and Savannah Brothers added 11 points. Sierra Waggoner tallied 10 points as well, while Hannah Evans, Haily Collins, and Kyleah Hengesbach notched nine, eight, and seven points respectively. Kirston Holder and Margaret Bryan also chipped in four points apiece for Forrest, and Tami Northcutt and Taylor Patin both had two points.
Hindered by a 2-of-18 effort from beyond the arc, Huntland mustered just 14 field goals on 35 steals, while Forrest forced 22 Lady Hornet turnovers with the help of their full court press.
'Press and play fast'
"That's what we we've got to do in order to be successful. We've got to press and play fast. The faster we play the better we play," said Jean.
Ali Golden paced Huntland with 15 points and Tara Cates tallied eight points. Holly Wortman and Caylee McLennan notched four points apiece for the Lady Hornets as well.
Huntland grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a layup by Golden, before the Lady Rockets put together a 17-4 run behind eight points from Yost and a Brothers three-point play to seize a 17-6 advantage midway through the first quarter.
After the Lady Hornets tallied four straight points to whittle the deficit to 17-10, Forrest scored 10 of the next 11 points with the help of two treys from Yost and a couple of Holder layups to open up a 27-11 advantage early in the second period.
Golden then converted a three-point play to narrow the gap to 27-14, before FHS responded with a 10-2 spurt, highlighted by threes from Waggoner and Evans, to push their lead to 37-16 midway through the second quarter.
Following a three by Golden, which cut the deficit to 37-19, the Lady Rockets outscored Huntland 9-3 over the final 3:05 of the half thanks to a Waggoner three and baskets from Northcutt, Brothers, and Evans to make it 46-22 at the break.
Forrest continued their breakneck offensive pace in the third quarter and opened the stanza with a 14-4 run on the strength five points from Yost, four points from Brothers, and a Collins three to stretch their lead to 60-26.
Cates hit a layup to close the gap to 60-28 before Forrest engineered a 14-2 spurt with the aid of seven points from Hengesbach to forge a 74-30 advantage at the end of the third period.
Huntland then outscored FHS 6-2 in the fourth quarter for the 76-36 final.