FMS boys save split in Huntland
The FMS girls suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Lady Hornets before the Rockets came up with their 12th consecutive conference win to salvage the Franklin County split Monday night in Huntland.
The Rockets served an early notice that there would be no letdown in their quest for an unbeaten regular season league record when they fired three consecutive long bombs by Josh Meglis, Ryley McClaran, and Ty Hengesbach to start the contest.
Dylan Jones got into the act for the Rockets, making one foul shot before stealing the ball back on the missed second attempt and burying a low post bucket, making it 13-0.
The Rockets' defense continued to stymie the Hornets until Connor Morgan scored with 40.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Jones scored the first three points of the second quarter and Daniil Yatskov knocked home his own shot moments later, extending Forrest's lead to 18-2.
The Hornets would score seven out of the next eight points before Spencer McGowan rained home a three-bomb, putting the Rockets up 22-9.
Brandon Yarbough knocked home a 3-pointer for the Hornets at the end of the first half, making it a 22-12 contest.
Jones and Yatskov teamed up in the low post for four points and Hengesbach came up with a steal and score to start the second half, giving FMS a huge 28-12 lead.
McClaran hit two free throws after a Huntland charity shot and the Hornets would nail two more free throws, making it 30-15.
Cole Villazon made a pretty baseline run and gun for Forrest and Tyler Wildrick tallied the final basket of the third quarter, muscling home a deuce in the paint.
Villazon scored on another drive to the hoop on the Rockets' first touch of the final period and after a Huntland basket by Kolbi Stewart, Ethan Mealer drained a 3-pointer for the Rockets, making it 39-15.
Joel Burton would come up with four points in the forth quarter for FMS, Ford would rev up a low post basket, and Lofton Yeager ended the contest with a basket for the Rockets, giving FMS the 22-point win.
Jones had nine points for FMS, McClaran ended up with a half dozen, Hengesbach scored five points, Burton, Yatskov, and Villazon added four points each, Meglis, Mealer, McGowan, and Ford tallied three, and Wildrick and Yeager etched a deuce apiece in the scorebook.
The FMS girls played well enough to win versus the Lady Hornets, but a poor free throw shooting effort would be their downfall.
The Lady Rockets made just two out of 12 free throws in the game and that would ultimately be the difference in the low scoring affair.
Stevie Ray and her cohort in the low post Sydney Hill made low post baskets at the outset of the contest to give FMS a 4-0 lead.
Savannah Foster and Brooklyn Morris would match the two Forrest baskets, tying the game at 4-4 until Ray and Hill teamed up again to double up the lead, but a late 3-pointer by Makaylie Edwards made it 8-7 after the first six minutes.
Midway through the second quarter, a Kayla Gillespie 3-pointer gave FMS a 12-9 lead, but consecutive rebound and put-backs by Edwards gave the hometown girls a 13-12 halftime lead.
Forrest was 1-6 from the free throw in the first half, while the Lady Hornets went 0-1.
Anna King gave the Lady Rockets a 14-13 lead with on a drive to the hoop to begin the second half, but Huntland came back to take a 21-17 lead late in the period on a Camille Bland basket.
Ray would score for FMS and Bland matched the bucket, before Ally Blanton scored on a drive to the basket.
Foster made one free throw at the end of the stanza, putting Huntland in front 24-21, entering the final six minutes of play.
Ally Blanton stole the ball and fed Ray for a fast break bucket, cutting the Huntland lead to a single digit and with 3:30 remaining in the contest, Kayla Gillespie scored to put Forrest ahead.
After a missed shot by Huntland out of a timeout, Hill scored on a short jumper in the lane, opening up a three-point lead.
Edwards rained home 3-pointer to re-knot the contest at 27 before Ray banged home a low post basket, giving the Lady Rockets 29-27 lead with just under two minutes to play.
The Lady Hornets came back for good with a 5-0 run to take a 32-29 lead and would hold on for the one-point victory.
Forrest was once again 1-6 from the charity stripe in the second half, while Huntland secured the win with a solid 7-8 effort from the free throw line.
Hill led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with a dozen points, while Ray had eight, Gillespie scored seven, Anna Blanton netted three, Ally Blanton and King scored two points apiece, and Emily Yost had one free throw.
Edwards led all scorers in the contest with 20 points, while Foster netted 10, and Bland and Morris had two points each.