Brothers, Yost share Summertown spotlight
The Forrest Lady Rockets travelled to longtime rival Summertown Tuesday night and came away with their biggest margin of victory ever over the Lady Eagles, winning a coast-to-coast blowout 65-34.
It turned into a special night for the huge throng of travelling Forrest fans who got to celebrate as senior Savannah Brothers and sophomore Caitlin Yost both eclipsed the 1,000 point career mark before halftime.
Past the milestone
"It was a good night and I think getting the thousand point scoring out of the way is going to help us down the stretch because they weren't worried about it, but it is in the back of anybody's head when you get close," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "I think it made us nervous last night, we rushed some shots and didn't use our legs, but tonight we all shot the ball well and those two kids deserved what they got."
Forrest came out of the gate on cloud nine as Kyleah Hengesbach started the game with a steal and score and that was followed by another theft by Brothers, who fed Margaret Bryan in the low post for another basket.
Brothers would get on the board moments later, and after one Hannah Evans free throw, Summertown called timeout with 4:51 left in the first quarter.
The Lady Eagles missed out of the stoppage, leading to a Yost drive to the hoop for more two points, making it a 9-0 contest.
A subsequent Bryan basket off a feed from Yost built the Forrest blanking to 11-0 before Maggie Long finally scored for Summertown with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter.
"We started great and we were more focused tonight, I think last night woke us up," said Jean. "This is a real tough place to play and they are a good team, we played really good defense tonight, we didn't let them get going and when we had a chance to put them away, we did."
Mckenzie Kilburn followed with another bucket for Summertown, but Hannah Evans went deep for three points for the Lady Rockets, who would take a 14-7 lead after the first eight minutes.
Christa Chapman and Haley Brown traded a pair of free throws each to begin the second period before Tamia Northcutt drilled a 3-pointer for Forrest.
Two more treys by Hailey Collins and Yost extended the Forrest lead to 25-9.
After a 3-pointer by Summertown and with the crowd on the edge of their seats, Brothers made one of her patented driving, twisting moves in the paint and scored her 1,000 point with 4:19 remaining in the first half.
Forrest would feed off the energy and kept coming at the Lady Eagles, building their lead to 37-18 late in the first half when Yost zoomed out of nowhere to steal the ball and race in for a layup with 9.3 seconds left, marking her 1,000 career point.
The Lady Rockets came out of the break still on fire as Evans hit two free throws and after a Summertown brick, Evans scored again.
Kilburn got the Lady Eagles two points before Brothers drilled a 3-pointer and Yost scored on a rebound and put-back, ballooning the Forrest lead to 48-20.
By the time the third quarter was over, Brothers and Yost had combined for eight more points, while Summertown scored seven, making it a 56-27 contest, entering the final eight minutes.
Jean would go to the bench for the remainder of the game as the Lady Rockets cruised to their ninth straight win.
Got that swagger
"We are playing with a little bit of swagger and it's well deserved," said Jean. "We are playing good as a team and that is what we have to keep. If we keep playing as a team, we are going to be a tough beat."
Yost led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with 15 points, while Evans netted 13, Brothers was also in double figures with 10, Collins finished with nine points, Hengesbach added five points, and Chapman contributed four points
Northcutt had the one trey for Forrest and Emma Stacey rounded out the scoring with two points.
Forrest (9-1, 2-0) returns home Friday night when they host District 9A rival Moore County (8-3, 1-2) with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.
"It's not a must win, but it's a big game and every game is a big game," said Jean. "They beat us last year at our place in overtime, so we are going to try to get one back Friday night."