FMS Lady Rockets fall to Cascade

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Sydney Hill (44) scores in the low post for FMS, who fell 40-22 to Cascade Monday night in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets had trouble handling the ball and putting it in the basket versus Cascade and it resulted in a 40-22 loss in Chapel Hill Monday night.

FMS fell to 4-6 in conference play and now embarks on a long trip, not returning to their home confines until the World Tournament in January.

Keely Sutton opened up the scoring in the contest for the Lady Champions and Kayla Gillespie matched the bucket for Forrest.

A Hayleigh Crouch basket made it 4-2 Cascade, but once again, Gillespie scored to re-knot the game.

Forrest went cold from the field and the Lady Champions took advantage, running off seven consecutive points to take an 11-4 lead before Sydney Hill broke the FMS scoring drought with a bucket in the paint with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.

Cascade turned up the press on Forrest and it worked as they scored on back-to-back steals and scores by Bailey Ledbetter and Sutton to take a 15-6 lead after the first six minutes.

Quarter No. 2 was a disaster for Forrest, as they could not keep a hand on the basketball, turning the rock over nine times in the period.

After a Gillespie rebound and put-back to start the period, Cascade picked up every loose ball as they went on a huge 8-0 run to put Forrest in a deep 23-8 hole.

One Anna Blanton free throw and a late bucket by Hill was all the scoring FMS could manage before halftime as the Lady Rockets went to the locker room, trailing 26-12.

Forrest mounted a comeback to begin the second half, beginning with a rebound and put-back by Emily Yost.

After a Cascade missed shot, Gillespie scored for FMS and moments later, Hill scored in the low post, making it a 26-18 ballgame.

Cascade could not find their shooting touch and Hill scored again, slicing the Lady Champions lead all the way to six points.

Both squads went into a scoring drought over the next four minutes with the only field goal coming in a low post score by Brooke Suddath.

Suddath would hit one free throw late, while FMS did not score again in the third quarter, giving Cascade a 29-20 lead, entering the final six minutes of play.

Karley Snell opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for Cascade as FMS did not score until the three-minute mark on a Hill low-post basket, but that would be the last points for FMS in the contest as they fell by the 12-point margin.

Stevie Ray (20) hits a free throw for FMS in the first half.

Hill led the Lady Rockets with 10 points, while Gillespie scored eight, Yost had two, and Blanton and Stevie Ray managed one free throw apiece in the contest.

Forrest finished with 21 turnovers in the game.

Suddath led all scorers in the game with 14 points, Carman Ray scored seven, Crouch, Sutton, and Snell all had five points each, and Ledbetter and Jacey Parker put up a deuce for the Lady Champions.