Vikings go coast-to-coast vs. Forrest
The Forrest Rockets travelled to Unionville Friday night with expectations of moving up in the District 9-A standings, but Community would not allow even a sniff of an upset by the Chapel Hill boys as they went coast-to-coast in a 65-43 win.
"We just got out of what we have been doing, we settled for too many jump shots and did not look to get the ball inside enough early and then we had to take jump shots because we got down," said Forrest head coach Wes Hobbs. "The bottom line was we were not the same team defensively and all the guys agreed in the locker room."
Forrest will most likely remain in the fourth spot and play Moore County or Eagleville in the first round of the district tournament that commences on Feb. 10 at Community.
The Vikings scored first on a very cold shooting night in Unionville for the Rockets, who fell behind 12-3 before a Will Edmondson 3-pointer, followed by a Kennedy Mathis basket in the paint cut the lead to four points at 12-8.
From there, it was like a sled going down an icy hill for the Rockets, who trailed by six at the end of the first quarter.
In the second period, the Vikings plowed ahead, outscoring Forrest 16-5 in the quarter to take a 33-16 to the halftime break.
The Rockets tried to fight back in the third quarter when Mathis drilled a 3-pointer to make it a 35-22 ballgame.
After a Community missed shot, Jacob Daughrity hit two free throws and a Lucas Pruitt blocked shot led to two Edmondson free throws moments later, narrowing the margin to single digits at 35-26.
The Vikings staved off the Forrest with a 5-0 run, beginning with one foul shot by Darian Pride.
Blake Fanning followed a Forrest turnover with a basket and after a Rocket brick, Tanner Simmons scored, making it a 14-point game at 40-26.
Community led by a dozen points entering the final eight minutes of play and did not take their foot off the gas, outscoring the Rockets 25-15 in the period to win by the 22-point margin.
"There weren't really a lot of good things to say after the game," said Hobbs. "So, we are just going to forget about this and move on."
Daughrity was the only Rocket in double figures in the scoring column with 11 points.
Edmondson finished with eight points, Blake Leonard tossed in a half dozen, Mathis added five, Ty Hoeft scored four points, Gary Lukonen nailed one 3-pointer, and Jacob Jones and Lucas Pruitt netted a deuce apiece.
The Vikings had three players in double figures as Pride had 15 points, while Austin Cagle scored 11, and Blake Fanning netted 10.
Simmons and Luke Primm added seven points apiece, Quinn Frost netted 5, Tavis Eady scored four, Brian Simmons ended up with three, and Jackson Wisener rounded out the night's scoring with two points for Community.