Lady Rockets fall to MTCS in gallant effort

Friday, November 7, 2014
Forrest's Sydney Hill (44) fights for a tie-up with MTCS' Kayla Taylor (4) in the Lady Rockets' 39-22 loss to the Lady Cougars Tuesday night in Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets, riding a three-game winning streak, ran into a buzz saw Tuesday night in Chapel Hill as the Middle Tennessee Christian School Lady Cougars busted the streak with a 39-22 win.

It looked good for the Lady Rockets when Sydney Hill matched an MTCS bucket off the opening tip, but things went downhill in a hurry as the Lady Cougars went on a 10-0 run the remainder of the first quarter to take a 12-2 lead, entering period No. 2.

High scorer

Kayla Taylor, who would end up with a game-high 27 points in the game, knocked down a 3-pointer for MTCS to start the second quarter and Alexis Nelson made one free throw moments later, stretching the orange and white's lead to 16-2.

Hill knocked down two free throws to stop the MTCS run, but Forrest would go on to trail by as much as 14 points in the period as the Lady Cougars stayed on the gas to take a 22-12 halftime lead.

After the locker room break, Ally Blanton nailed a trey for the Lady Rockets on their first possession, but Saylor Hodges tossed in a basket for MTCS, making it 24-15.

Two possessions later, Kayla Gillespie knocked home a long bomb, slicing the MTCS lead to six points and an Emily Yost charity toss made it a 24-19 game late as the third period came to a close.

Hot shooter

In the fourth quarter, Abby Hageman got hot at the wrong time for Forrest, scoring all five of her points in the game over a three minute stretch that was matched by one lone free throw by Stevie Ray.

Forrest would not be able to garner a field goal the entire fourth quarter and their gallant effort for the upset was not to be as the Lady Cougars (6-1) ran off and hid in the 17-point win.

Nelson ended up with six points for MTCS, while Hageman had five markers and Hodges netted a deuce.

Emily Yost (35) attempts a jump shot for FMS versus MTCS.

Ray led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with eight points, Hill netted a half dozen, Ally Blanton had the one trey for three points, Kayla Gillespie also had a 3 pointer, Kennedy Gillespie ended up with two points, and Yost managed one point in the loss for FMS.