FMS Lady Rockets finish with a bang
The No. 10 seeded FMS Lady Rockets (11-11) finished the season on a high note Saturday in Chapel Hill, coming back to defeat No. 4 seeded Huntland (14-7) 34-29 in the consolation game of the Duck River Valley Conference Tournament.
"These kids bought in immediately after I took over and worked hard and I can't complain one bit about any of the kids or the team as a whole," said FMS head coach David Junkins. "One of the things we talked about was having each other's back, I had theirs, they had mine and they bought into what I was asking them to do and it paid off for us."
Forrest went to their horses on Saturday, piling up 30 out of their 34 total points in the low post with Stevie Ray leading the way with 16 points, while Sydney Hill had 10 points, and Emily Yost contributed four points versus the Lady Hornets.
Huntland's Makayla Edwards shined bright for the Lady Hornets, pouring in a game-high 20 points, including two 3-pointers and a solid 6-9 performance from the free throw line.
The Lady Rockets got off to a slow start in the contest as Huntland outscored FMS 11-4 in the first quarter.
"We started off a little bit slow, they have a really good guard (Edwards) who scored 10 out of the first 11 points and it seemed like every time she touched the ball it went in and we just couldn't get to her," said Junkins. "We adjusted a little bit and helped, but there we were, playing from behind again."
FMS settled in during second period, scoring all seven of their points in the paint, while turning up the defensive pressure to come out on top by one point in the quarter to trail 17-11 at the half.
The third period was evenly played at nine points apiece by both squads, but the Lady Rockets squandered an opportunity to cut in to the Huntland lead, missing six out seven free throw attempts that kept them behind 26-20, entering the fourth quarter.
Forrest turned it on at the outset of the final period and never let up, especially Ray in the low post, who pounded in three buckets and hit two free throws to lead the comeback.
Huntland was hounded by the Lady Rockets on defense, turning the ball over several times and the only points they scored was an Edwards' three-point play in the low post.
FMS also got two points from Hill in the fourth quarter and Ally Blanton scored all four of her points in the decisive period that resulted in the five-point win and an impressive third-place finish for the Lady Rockets.
"That second half we just stayed together, one possession at a time, and we were able to pull the victory off," said Junkins.
The No. 3 seeded Community Viqueens (17-3) beat top-seeded Middle Tennessee Christian School (17-3) in the championship game to claim the title in the 53rd Annual World Tournament.
Hill was voted to the DRVC All-Season and All-Tournament Team, while Ray garnered a spot on the All-Tournament squad.
"I told them you are only as good as your last victory, so this victory we get to ride to this time next year, so we get to feel a little bit better," said Junkins. "We will start working pretty soon on next year, get some low posts developed and get our guards a little bit more fine-tuned to have that complete game."