Ray leads Lady Rockets over Liberty

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Stevie Ray (20) scored a game-high 12 points at Liberty Monday night as the Lady Rockets beat the Lady Patriots 33-21. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Lady Rockets moved closer to a first-round bye in the upcoming World Tournament, thanks to a convincing 33-21 win at Liberty Monday night.

FMS got off the yellow bus to slow start, scoring just once in the first four minutes on a Stevie Ray basket, but the Lady Patriots could not take advantage as the FMS defense put the clamps on the home squad.

Sydney Hill ended the FMS dry spell with a bucket in the paint with three minutes remaining in the opening period and a couple of minutes later, Ray stole the rock and fed Kayla Gillespie on the run for a basket, making it six-zip.

The Lady Rockets held Liberty scoreless for the rest of the first quarter that ended with a Shea Lewis bucket in the paint, making it 8-0 after the first six minutes of play in Bedford County.

A Kennedy Gillespie basket to open quarter No. 2 made it 10-0 Forrest before the Lady Patriots finally got on the board via a three-point play the old-fashioned way by Mary Alice Shavers with 4:05 remaining in the first half.

Shavers came up with another basket before one free throw by FMS' Anna Blanton made it 11-4.

Sara Margaret Housch scored four in a row for Liberty as the Lady Pats climbed all the way back, slicing the FMS lead to a single digit on a Shavers basket to end the first half.

Ally Blanton opened the second half with a basket for FMS before the Lady Rockets went to work in the low post with Ray leading the way in the paint attack.

Ray scored five straight, opening up an eight-point lead and Hill added two more in the paint to double up the Lady Pats at 20-10.

Allison McCourty scored the lone basket for Liberty in the period before a Micah Toombs 3-pointer gave Forrest a 23-12 lead, entering the final six minutes of play.

One Ray free throw at the outset of the fourth quarter made it 24-12.

Liberty would try to stay in the game, cutting the Forrest lead to 26-17 on a steal and score by Kendall Dearing, but once again Ray took charge, scoring five straight in the low post to put the game on ice at 31-17.

Kayla Gillespie (21) takes the rock strong to the hole with the left hand on a fast break bucket.

Ray led all scorers in the contest with 12 points, while Hill had five, Anna Blanton scored four, Toombs and Kayla Gillespie added three points apiece, and Kennedy Gillespie, Ally Blanton, Lewis, and Zoe Long added a deuce apiece.

Shavers had 10 points to lead the Lady Patriots in the scoring column, while Housch added eight, Kayla Adams netted four, Dearing etched three in the scorebook, and Gracie McCullough and McCourty chipped in with two points apiece for Liberty.