Lady Rockets win big over Huntland

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The 2014 Forrest Basketball Homecoming Court from left are, Jarvis Lyttle, Daelyn Dowers, Jeffery Knox, Kelsie Darnell, Seth Beard, Taylor Maupin, Forrest Homecoming King Logan Ray, Forrest Homecoming Queen Alyssa Elliot, Justin Barron, Kathleen Warner, Briar Mays, Tanner Garvin, Tamia Northcutt, and Sean Higgins. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Maybe the Forrest Lady Rockets should keep the pink uniforms handy they wore for Homecoming Friday night.

The decked-out Chapel Hill girls played a solid game from start to finish in a 57-39 coast-to-coast win over the Lady Hornets.

"They came out with a chip on their shoulder from the start and played well and played with energy," said Forrest coach Jeremy Jean.

Krista Chapman (34) takes a pass from Hannah Evans (5) and makes her way for a fast-break basket for Forrest, who beat Huntland 57-39 Friday night in Chapel Hill.

"That's the team we have been waiting to see for four weeks, it's nothing I did, their mindset has changed because now they know they have to do it."

Fourth place

With the win, Forrest (18-7, 6-6) finished in fourth place in league play and will take on fifth place Moore County (16-10, 4-7) in the opening round of the upcoming District 9-A Tournament in Eagleville.

The Lady Rockets started with a big bang, jumping out to an 8-0 lead as Hannah Evans opened the game with back-to-back baskets, before Caitlyn Yost and Margaret Bryan came up with a basket each.

"It was good to get this win in front of this crowd and they helped us get that energy when we started," said Jean.

Tara Cates got the Lady Hornets on the board, but Yost scored on consecutive possessions for Forrest, giving the Lady Rockets a 10-point lead that would maintain until Huntland surged at the end of the first quarter to trail by six points at 20-14.

Forrest steps up

A Cates three-point play the old-fashioned way kicked off the second quarter and moments later, Ali Golden made it a one-point game with a basket for Huntland.

Caitlyn Yost (11) soars to the basket for two of her 15 points versus the Lady Hornets.

Savannah Brothers boosted the Forrest lead to five points with a pair of buckets and a Yost rebound and put-back made it 27-19.

Haily Collins came up with a steal and dish to Krista Chapman, re-opening a double-digit lead for Forrest midway through the second period.

The Lady Hornets stung back, going on a 10-3 run to end the first half, cutting the FHS lead to 32-29.

Key run

Golden scored for Huntland to open the second half before Waggoner raised the stakes with a deep 3-pointer for Forrest, lighting a fire for a 12-1 run that was ended on an Evans three-point bucket, making it a 44-32 contest.

Forrest would enter the fourth period with the 12-point lead and after a Lady Hornets' score to begin the stanza, the Lady Rockets put the game away with a 9-0 backbreaking surge.

"We had energy on both ends of the floor and we were being aggressive on offense and I think they got tired," said Jean.

"It's the first time in a long time where we smelled blood and went in for the kill."

Going for 20

Forrest cruised to the 18-point win and will try to go for a 20-win season if they can win its last two non-league games versus Cornersville and Franklin County.

"We have a chance to get 20 wins for the regular season and that is something we want to get, going into the tournament at 20-7 and with some momentum would be good," said Jean.

"We already know who we are going to play, so we just got to go out and play."

Forrest: Hannah Evans 18, Caitlyn Yost 15, Savannah Brothers 10, Sierra Waggoner 5, Krista Chapman 4, Margaret Bryan 2, Haily Collins 2, Kyleah Hengesbach 1.

Huntland: Ali Golden 14, Caylee McLennan 10, Tara Coates 10, Kara Smith 4, Morgan Sims 1.

3-Point goals: Huntland (3): Golden, McLennan, Coates; Forrest (2): Evans, Waggoner.

Halftime score: Forrest 32, Huntland 29.