Lady Rockets outlast Collinwood
After a huge 48-45 road win over District 9-A rival Middle Tennessee Christian School on Friday night, the Forrest Lady Rockets returned home on Monday and outlasted a tough Collinwood squad 62-55.
"It was a good comeback, but if we take care of business with our own stuff, we don't get down by 10 points," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "We didn't defend good tonight, and we didn't make that extra pass we have been making in the past couple games, so if we do those two things the first three quarters, we aren't trailing by 10."
Forrest (9-1, 2-0), who has won eight straight games, trailed by 10 points in the third quarter before pulling off the comeback win versus the Trojanettes.
Caitlin Yost poured in a game-high 27 points for Forrest, including four 3-pointers in the contest.
Forrest fell behind 10-4 in a low-scoring first quarter before a Yost 3-pointer and a Hailey Collins three-point play the old-fashioned way with less than 30 seconds remaining in the period tied the score at 10-10.
Collinwood would take a four-point 21-17 lead on a Laken Arnett bucket in the paint with just over three minutes to play in the second quarter, but Yost came up with another long ball, cutting the Trojanette lead to a single digit.
Collinwood dug in, outscoring Forrest 6-1 for the remainder of the period, taking a 27-21 lead to the halftime locker room.
Arnett converted a three-point play in the post with 3:27 left in the third quarter, giving Collinwood a 37-27 lead before the Lady Rockets went to work.
Yost started the rally with a 3-pointer and after a Collinwood missed shot, Savannah Brothers went to the dish for two more, making it a 37-32 contest.
A Trojanette miscue led to a Hannah Evans basket before a tie-up was awarded to the Lady Rockets, who took advantage of the hustle play via a deep trey by Yost, tying the contest at 37-37.
A Chaley Whitehead basket seesawed the lead back to Collinwood and the third quarter ended with one successful free throw by Forrest's Kyleah Hengesbach, sending the game to the final quarter with the Trojanettes in front by one point at 39-38.
Evans banged home a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter as the lead would change hands seven times and be tied twice before Yost hit a pull-up jumper with 3:22 remaining, putting Forrest up for good.
Another Evans 3-pointer moments later gave Forrest a four-point lead, but Arnett would keep Collinwood in the game with a basket in the low post with 1:20 remaining.
Margaret Bryan matched Arnett's low-post bucket at the end and after a missed shot, Brothers went to the free-throw line and nailed both shots, making it 59-53.
Capping it off
Brothers came up with another basket after a Collinwood offensive foul and that would put the cap on the seven-point victory for Forrest.
Evans had 14 points for Forrest, while Brothers scored eight, Collins was a big spark off the bench with five points, Bryan netted four, and Hengesbach added a deuce.
"Collinwood is a really good team and well-coached, they got up in us and I don't think we were focused coming into the game," said Jean. "That is my fault, but I will get them focused for tomorrow night. These types of games and playing two nights in a row gets us ready for tournament time, we don't have any easy games and that's the way I like it."
Arnett led Collinwood with 23 points, including one trey and a perfect 8-8 performance from the free-throw line.