Lady Rockets fly past Cornersville
The Forrest Lady Rockets (19-7) simply had too much firepower for county rival Cornersville on Monday night, as coach Jeremy Jean's squad went on the road and drubbed the Lady Bulldogs 70-37 to complete the sweep of the season series.
Forrest blew the game open early and raced out to a 45-21 lead in the first half before outscoring Cornersville 25-16 over the final two quarters to cruise to its fifth straight win over the Lady Bulldogs (9-15).
The Lady Rockets' offense was clicking on all cylinders, as they shot a blistering 53 percent (29-of-55) from the field overall and knocked down 4-of-9 three-point attempts while committing only 10 turnovers. Forrest also outrebounded Cornersville 28-20 and held a 14-9 edge on the offensive glass.
Out in the open
"I think we worked together and were able to get into a flow. We were able to run tonight and when we get into the open court that's when we're at our best,' said Lady Rocket senior forward Margaret Bryan, who finished with four points.
Point guard Caitlyn Yost helped ignite Forrest's offensive explosion and led three players in double figures with 14 points, seven assists, and six steals. Haily Collins followed Yost with 13 points, while Hannah Evans and Sierra Waggoner tallied 11 and eight points respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, had trouble overcoming FHS' superior size and quickness, as they committed 23 turnovers and mustered only 12 field goals on 33 percent shooting, which included a 3-of-8 effort from beyond the arc.
"They're just so much bigger and stronger than us and we let our emotions get to us. We got mad instead of running our offense," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "In the locker room before the game, I thought we were mentally where we needed to be, but they had too much for us physically."
Morgan Terry paced the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points. Breanne Dunkleman also tallied nine points for Cornersville, while Madison Hopkins and Carson Coble chipped in six and four points respectively.
Forrest set the tone at the start of the game and flew out to an 11-4 lead less than three minutes into the contest with the help of four points from Collins and a Waggoner three.
The Lady Bulldogs sliced the deficit to 11-8 on a Hopkins layup and an offensive put back by Dunkleman, before the Lady Rockets responded with a 7-1 spurt, capped by a Waggoner trey, to open up an 18-9 advantage late in the first period.
Lady Rockets roll
Coble buried a three to narrow the gap to 18-12, but Forrest put down the hammer and reeled off 14 straight points, highlighted by an Evans trey and a three-point play from Tamia Nortchcutt, to forge a 32-14 lead early in the second quarter.
After Cornersville trimmed the deficit to 34-18 thanks to a layup by Terry, a Coble free throw, and a three from Dunkleman, the Lady Rockets outscored CHS 11-3 over the final 4:30 of the half on the strength of a Northcutt trey and baskets from Yost and Katey Harmon to take a 45-21 advantage into the break.
Forrest continued to pour it on in the third quarter and put together a 15-7 run behind six points from Yost and five points from Collins to stretch their lead to 60-28.
King made a layup at the start of the fourth quarter to make it 60-30 before the Lady Rockets outscored Cornersville 10-7 the rest of the way with the aid of four points from Krista Chapman to cap their 70-37 victory.
Forrest 28 17 15 10 = 70
Cornersville 12 9 7 9 = 37
Forrest: Caitlyn Yost 14, Haily Collins 13, Hannah Evans 11, Sierra Waggoner 8, Krista Chapman 6, Tamia Northcutt 6, Margaret Bryan 4, Katey Harmon 4, Madison Curtis 2, Emma Stacey 2.
Cornersville: Morgan Terry 10, Breanne Dunkleman 9, Madison Hopkins 6, Carson Coble 4, Emma Mitchell 2, Gabby King 2, Brooke Defoe 2, Sydney Wilson 2.
Three-point field goals: Forrest (4): Waggoner 2, Evans 1, Northcutt 1; Cornersville (3): Dunkleman 2, Coble 1.
Halftime score: Forrest 45, Cornersville 21.