Lady Rockets rout Lady Tigers
The Forrest Lady Rockets, coming off a pair of disappointing back-to-back district losses, burned some frustration Tuesday night in Chapel Hill when they demolished Fayetteville 59-14.
Fayetteville came into the contest winless in league play, while Forrest was trying not to overlook the Lady Tigers.
"We prepared for last night like we do every game and I always tell them the most important game of season is the next game," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "We had seen where Fayetteville had been playing other teams in the district close for three quarters, and had recently beat Cornersville, so we did not overlook them."
Forrest responded in blitzkrieg style by swarming on the defensive end, grabbing every rebound and loose ball, and finishing strong on the breakaway.
"We wanted to come out with energy and intensity on the defensive end, and the girls did that well," said Jean. "We always want to start fast and get easy buckets. Getting those to fall gives us some confidence on the offensive end, something that we have lost during the last few games."
Hailey Collins opened up the scoring in the game with a rebound and put-back and Caitlyn Yost followed with a short jumper to make it 4-0.
After a Fayetteville missed shot, Kirston Holder drove to the hoop and converted the three-point play the old-fashioned way.
Forrest was in full swarm as they forced a turnover that led to a Savannah Brothers rumble to the basket for a score, and then Brothers stole the rock and fed Collins on the run for two more points, making it an 11-0 contest and forcing a Lady Tiger timeout with 4:48 remaining in the first period.
"We played great on the ball defensively at every spot and played great help side on the post," said Jean. "The girls never let up the intensity during the game and that is something that we have to build off of."
After the stoppage, Tamia Baker finally got the Lady Tigers on the scoreboard, draining a 3-pointer, but Brothers matched the Baker trey with one of her own, making it a 14-3 contest.
Holder scored again after a Lady Tiger miscue, and one possession later Brothers went to the free throw line and made one of two.
Fayetteville was in disarray as Kyleah Hengesbach came up with a steal and fed Hannah Evans for a fast break bucket, officially signaling the rout was on.
Brothers put a cap on the first quarter scoring when she knocked home a rebound, making it a 21-3 ballgame.
Yost scored six out the Lady Rockets' 11 points in the second quarter as Forrest cruised to a comfortable 32-11 halftime lead.
Jasmine Parks scored for Fayetteville to open up the second half before Yost went on a tear, scoring 12 points in the third quarter to swell the Forrest lead to 51-14, invoking the mercy rule for the remainder of the contest.
Fayetteville did not score in the final period as Forrest scored eight points on a Dani Hoeft three-bomb, a Tamia Northcutt steal and score, plus three points by Sierra Waggoner.
Third on the line
The Lady Rockets travel to Huntland on Friday for their last regular season district contest of the season and the implications of the outcome are large.
If the Lady Rockets beat Huntland, while Community beats MTCS and Moore County loses to Eagleville, Forrest will claim the third seed on a tiebreaker over Moore County in the upcoming district tournament.
"The Huntland game is a big one, but we have to worry about the only thing that we can control and that is the game against Huntland," said Jean. "I feel that if we can continue what we started last night through the next two games, we have a really good shot to win some games in the tournament."
Yost led all scorers in the contest with 20 points, while Brothers put up a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Evans and Collins had a half dozen points apiece, Waggoner and Holder scored five each, Hoeft had the one trey and Northcutt added a deuce.
Carrie Staples led Fayetteville with eight points, Baker had three, Parks added two and Sarah Lawson netted one point.