Big first half propels Lady Rockets

Friday, October 31, 2014
FMS' Anna Blanton (4) takes the ball down the lane in and is fouled in the fourth quarter of the Lady Rockets' 22-12 win over Fayetteville. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets came out on fire Monday night in Chapel Hill, outscoring Fayetteville 20-4 in the first half and it was about all they needed as they won 20-12.

Seventh-grader Anna Blanton scored four points in the opening period, while twin sister Ally Blanton knocked down a basket and Kayla Gillespie came up with two more points for Forrest.

Meanwhile, FMS threw a defensive blanket over the Lady Tigers, holding the Fayetteville squad scoreless in the first quarter.

Points explosion

Two free throws by Bayleigh Tucker, followed by a basket by Addison Mealer got Fayetteville on the scoreboard, but it was not enough as FMS responded with a dozen more points in the second period.

Shasta Beaty went to work in the low post for the Lady Rockets, pouring in seven points in the paint.

A Micah Toombs three-bomb opened up space for Beaty in the low post, while Anna Blanton scored her sixth point of the game right before the half, giving FMS a 22-4 lead after the first 12 minutes.

In the third period, it was the Lady Rockets who went cold, ice cold as Sydney Hill scored the only basket for the home squad in the six-minute stanza, but the Lady Tigers could not take advantage, coming up with just a pair of free throws by Julia Marsh.

Defense steps up

FMS would take a 22-6 lead into the final period that began with a Fayetteville mini-surge at the outset of the fourth quarter with baskets by Tucker and Marsh, making it a 22-10 contest.

Anna King (11) looks to pass the ball in the paint in the second half versus Fayetteville.

The Lady Rockets reestablished their defensive dominance after a timeout at the 3:55 mark of the period, but several missed field goals by FMS kept the score the same until Marsh scored the last basket of the contest at the final buzzer, giving FMS (2-4) the 10-point win.

Beaty's seven, second quarter points gave her game high scoring honors.

Anna Blanton ended up with six points, Toombs had the one trey for three points, and Hill, Ally Blanton, and Gillespie all scored a deuce apiece.

Marsh led Fayetteville with a half dozen points, while Tucker added four, and Mealer rounded out the scoring with a pair of markers for the Lady Tigers.