Lady Rockets back to winning ways

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Haily Collins (14) comes up with a steal and races to the hoop in the Lady Rockets' 65-35 win over Fayetteville Friday night in Chapel Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

After a pair of heartbreaking one-point losses, the Forrest Lady Rockets returned to their winning ways, beating Fayetteville by 30 points at home on Friday night before the Chapel Hill girls doubled up Cascade 50-25 in Wartrace on Saturday.

"Two one-point losses, especially on the road is tough, but it's better than going to a game and not going to compete," said Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean. "Once we got into our rhythm tonight, we were able to get going and eventually pull away."

Yost sparks start

Forrest (12-3, 3-2) got off to quick start versus Fayetteville as Caitlin Yost outscored the Lady Tigers 6-0 to start the game.

Fayetteville would eventually come back to tie the game at 7-7 on a 3-pointer by Carrie Staples before Hannah Evans, Haily Collins, and Sierra Waggoner scored in succession to make it a 13-7 contest.

On free throw by Fayetteville's DJ Horton ended the first quarter, but Savannah Brothers matched the free throw to begin the second quarter.

Staples nailed a trey for Fayetteville, who would claw back, making it a one-point game at 16-15 with 5:02 remaining in the first half.

Yost came up with a rebound and put-back after a Forrest timeout and Evans made both ends of a one-and-one, putting FHS up 20-15 before Brothers scored eight points in a row, while Fayetteville scored five.

Halftime lead

Yost and Evans ended the first half with baskets, giving the Lady Rockets a 32-20 halftime lead.

Evans would provide the distance needed for the comfortable victory at the outset of the second half as the senior drilled a 3-pointer and then scored in the low post, opening up a 17-point lead for the Lady Rockets.

Fayetteville would slice the lead back to 13 points at 42-29 before Forrest scored 11 points in a row to end the stanza, making it a 53-29 contest, entering the final eight minutes of play.

Jean substituted freely in the fourth quarter as the Lady Rockets sped off to the big win, capped off by a long 3-pointer by Emma Stacey to end the game.

Savannah Brothers (21), who leads the Lady Rockets with 24 3-pointers on the season, bangs home a trey in the first half versus the Lady Tigers.

Eleven players notched points in the scorebook for Forrest in the contest with Evans leading the way with 17 points.

Brothers and Yost were both in doubles figures with 13 and 12 points respectively, while Collins had five points, Christa Chapman and Kyleah Hengesbach netted four points apiece, Stacey ended up with the one trey, Margaret Bryan, Tamia Northcutt, and Waggoner all pitched in a deuce, and Katey Harmon had one point for the Lady Rockets.

Easy win

On Saturday in Wartrace, Forrest made short work of the Lady Champions, taking a 21-8 halftime lead before cruising to the 50-25 win.

Yost, who led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column versus Cascade with 18 points, leads Forrest in scoring for the year with 15.3 points per game, while also leading the squad with 78 rebounds.

Brothers, who averages 11 points per game and has a team leading 24 3-pointers on the season had nine points, while Evans scored seven points, four points below her season average of 10.9.

Waggoner had five points at Cascade, Harmon four, Northcutt three, and Chapman and Collins tossed in a deuce.

After a nice holiday break, Forrest will travel to the Eagleville Christmas Tournament, taking on Page on Saturday before playing Cascade and Lead Academy on Monday.

"Christmas tournaments are places where you try some things out different, mess with some lineup changes on the floor and stuff, but you still want to compete and win," said Jean. "You want this to be a spring board forward to the New Year and we want to go in to that Summertown game here on January 3 rolling, I don't want to come in here limping after losing some games, I want to come in to the New Year on a roll."