Lady Rockets clip Eagleville 26-20

Friday, October 31, 2014
Shasta Beaty (30) had seven points to lead the Lady Rockets over Eagleville 26-20 Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets turned in a solid performance in Chapel Hill Thursday night, holding on down the stretch to beat Eagleville 26-20, marking the first time this season that Forrest has won back-to-back games.

Shasta Beaty, who led the Lady Rockets in scoring with seven points in the game, scored four early points in the paint in a 4-4 tie before Eagleville took the lead on a basket by Makayla Moates.

FMS managed to re-knot the game at six apiece when Micah Toombs scored on a fast break layup at the end of the first quarter.

Micah Toombs (23), comes up with a steal and score in the first quarter for Forrest.

Tight matchup

After Kennedy Gillespie opened the second period with a bucket for FMS, Eagleville's Carissa Curtis banged down a three-pointer to give the Lady Eagles a 9-8 lead and Curtis stayed red-hot, scoring four more points during an 8-1 run that put the visitors up 14-9.

Forrest stayed composed as Beaty scored in the low post and Abbey Hill came up with a tough rebound and put-back, slicing the Eagleville lead to one point at 14-13 by the end of the first half.

Haylee Ferguson dropped the first basket of the third quarter before both squads went cold in the offensive end until the two-minute mark when Kennedy Gillespie nailed two free throws.

After an Eagleville turnover, Kayla Gillespie gave the Lady Rockets an 18-16 lead when she threw down a long range three-bomb.

Ally Blanton (14) takes the rock strong to the hole in the second half for the Lady Rockets, who squeaked out a 26-20 win over Eagleville.

Big basket

The Lady Eagles called timeout with 1:41 remaining in the period, but it was all for naught when Ally Blanton swiped the ball and went the distance for the bucket, making it a 20-16 ballgame, entering the final six minutes of play.

Kayla Gillespie came up with a huge rebound and put-back of a missed throw early in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to six points and that's the way the score would remain until Anna Clemente nailed two free throws for Eagleville with 3:11 remaining in the contest.

Moates would hit another charity shot moments later, making it 22-19, but once again FMS controlled the boards on a missed free throw as Ally Blanton scored the rebound basket to give FMS a 24-19 lead with 1:05 left in the ballgame.

On Eagleville's next touch, Josie Bond came up with the defensive play of the game when she stole the ball and fed Beaty, who was fouled on the attempted shot.

Foul line action

Beaty would hit one of two from the free throw line before Mary Elise Lynch matched the single marker from the charity stripe for Eagleville with 28.1 seconds left.

Forrest would not give the ball up and Anna Blanton sealed the deal with one free throw late, securing the six-point win for the Lady Rockets (3-4).

Kayla Gillespie ended up with five points in the game for FMS, while Kennedy Gillespie and Ally Blanton had four points apiece, and Hill, Micah Toombs, and Anna Blanton both ended up with a deuce.

Moates and Curtis ended up with seven points apiece for Eagleville, Ferguson had three, Clemente two, and Lynch rounded out the scoring with one mark in the scorebook.