Lady Rockets cruise over Cornersville

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Photos by Anthony S. Puca Pictured are the Forrest Senior Night honorees. They are, from left, kneeling, Kirston Holder, Ali Bennett, Savannah Oliver, Charlie Bruce, and Kelsey Holder; standing, Elizabeth Burke, Ty Hoeft, Lucas Pruitt, Kennedy Mathis, Jacob Daughrity, and Caleb Keller.

The Forrest Lady Rockets jump started Senior Night activities Monday in Chapel Hill with a 62-28 win over intra-county rival Cornersville.

"We started the game pretty good tonight, but we had a lull there for a little bit, but that had a lot to do with them, they made us play slow," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "The girls played through it and fought hard and wanted to win tonight."

Forrest freshman Caitlyn Yost poured in 28 points to lead all scorers in the regular season finale for the Lady Rockets.

Third seed

Thanks to Eagleville's 54-51 win over Moore County Monday night, the Lady Rockets (18-10, 7-5) garnered the third seed in Friday's opening round of the District 9-A Tournament and will play Huntland (9-16, 2-10) at Community with tip off scheduled for 6 p.m.

Forrest beat the Lady Hornets 76-36 in Chapel Hill earlier in the season, but Huntland played the Lady Rockets tough in a 63-47 loss at Huntland last week.

"They (Huntland) played a lot better down there than they did up here," said Jean. "They shoot a lot of threes and that is scary if they get on, so we really have to get out and defend hard and if we do that we have a chance to win."

The Lady Rockets jumped out to an early 7-2 lead over Cornersville before the Lady Bulldogs came back, scoring seven consecutive points to take a 9-7 lead with the big blow coming via an Ashley Umbles three-bomb.

Ahead to stay

Caitlyn Yost (11) flies to the hoop after a steal and score versus the Lady Bulldogs Monday night in Chapel Hill.

Yost put the Lady Rockets back in front for good with a three-point play the old-fashioned way and after a Lady Dawg missed shot, Hannah Evans cleaned the glass and found Yost over the top for a lay-in, making it a 12-9 ballgame after the first eight minutes.

Carson Coble scored for Cornersville to open up period number two before Forrest scorched the home net with 11 straight points, taking a stranglehold on the game at 23-11 midway through the quarter.

Cornersville's Breanne Dunkleman broke the Forrest run with a basket and Samantha Prosser followed with two charity shots, cutting the FHS lead to eight points.

The Lady Rockets turned up the defensive pressure on the Lady Bulldogs and it paid off as Forrest put together another scoring spurt, going on a 7-3 run to end the first half with Yost scoring six and Kyleah Hengesbach netting one free throw, swelling the lead to 30-18.

Forrest takes off

Cornersville would never get any closer than the 12-point halftime margin as Forrest kicked in the after burners in the 34-point victory.

Evans scored seven points for Forrest, while Krista Chapman netted six, Savannah Brothers and Hailey Collins scored five each, Hengesbach tallied four, Sierra Waggoner chipped in with three points, and Margaret Bryan and Tamia Northcutt added a deuce apiece.

Cornersville's Samantha Prosser (31) knocks down a jumper for the Lady Bulldogs versus Forrest.

Cornersville eighth grader Morgan Terry led the Lady Dawgs with eight points, Umbles scored six, Dunkleman finished with five, Coble and Prosser scored four points apiece and Brooke Holt added a single marker.