Forrest, Mt. Pleasant split on homecoming
Non-Conference foe Mt. Pleasant came to Chapel Hill for Thursday night's homecoming activities and it turned out bitter sweet for the hosts as the Lady Rockets mashed the Lady Tigers 60-20 before the Rockets finished off the festivities with a 51-35 loss to the Tigers.
Forrest 60, Mt. Pleasant 20
In the girls' game, Hailey Collins jump-started the Lady Rockets with four points to start the contest before Mt. Pleasant managed to come back to within one point at 7-6 on a three-pointer by Katelyn Haywood.
Forrest Homecoming Queen Kirston Holder righted the ship with a bucket for the Lady Rockets and Hannah Evans gave Forrest an 11-6 lead at the end of the period on a bucket over the top off a pretty pass from Savannah Brothers.
Holder hit two free throws to begin the second quarter and Evans followed with one charity shot to make it 14-6.
Sierra Waggoner flew off the bench to score four straight points, stretching the Forrest lead to 18-6.
Brothers followed with a long trey and Waggoner rained down another three-pointer moments later, making the blowout official at 24-6.
A Holder fast-break lay-up and Kyleah Hengesbach steal and score finished off the scoring in the period as the Lady Rockets played shutout defense the entire quarter to lead 28-6 at the half.
Forrest began the second half with an 11-0 run, making it a 39-6 ballgame before the Lady Tigers finally broke the scoring drought on an Alyssa Lamay bucket with 3:58 left in the third quarter.
The Lady Rockets would lead by 40 points at the end of the third period and by the same margin at the end of the contest.
Evans led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with 11 points, Collins was also in double figures with 10, Waggoner had nine, Holder netted eight, Brothers pitched in with a half dozen, Dani Hoeft and Hengesbach had five points apiece, Brianna Mackie scored three points, Margaret Bryan had a deuce, and Christa Chapman notched one free throw.
Mt. Pleasant 51, Forrest 35
In the nightcap, the Rockets found themselves in a battle with the Tigers, trailing 7-5 in a low scoring first quarter before Blake Leonard muscled home a basket to tie the score after the first eight minutes.
Forrest would surge ahead by five points at 15-10 on a Kennedy Mathis basket midway through the period, but once again, the Tigers came back.
Jordan Woodson hit one free throw to make it 15-11, Travelle Bailey followed with a jumper, and Walter Crawford nailed a buzzer beater to re-knot the contest at the halftime break.
Mt. Pleasant scored the first three points in the third quarter before Will Edmondson tied the game at 20 on a three-pointer.
Tigers take off
With the scored tied 25 with four minutes to go in the stanza, the Tigers pounced forward, outscoring the Rockets 11-4 the remainder of the quarter to lead 36-29, entering the final eight minutes of play in Chapel Hill.
The Rockets could not muster enough offense in the fourth quarter as they only managed six points, while the Tigers scored 15 points to win going away.
Edmondson led the Rockets in the scoring column with 11 points, while Lucas Pruitt scored 10 points, Jacob Daughrity, Leonard, and Mathis had four points apiece, and Jacob Jones netted a deuce for FHS.
Crawford led all scorers in the contest with 21 points and Woodson was next with 15 for Mt. Pleasant.