Forrest Middle tips off season
Forrest Middle School opened up the hardwood season on Oct. 15 at Westwood with a split as the girls fell 26-19, while the boys won the nightcap over their namesakes from Manchester 46-30 with Cole Villazon leading the Rockets in scoring with 14 points.
Shea Lewis was the leading scorer for the girls with 6 points.
On Monday FMS hosted Eagleville in its home opener and the visitors swept the home team.
Laura Ann Mealer had 17 points in her second middle school game and Ally Blanton was also in double figures with 14 points in the one-point 45-44 loss.
The boys lost to the Eagles 46-40 as Riley McClaran netted 14 points.
On Tuesday, Liberty came to Chapel Hill for a doubleheader and the Lady Rockets spoiled the Lady Patriots trip with a 33-15 coast-to-coast win.
Forrest roared out to a 10-0 lead with the Blanton sisters (Jenna, Ally and Anna) all scoring two points apiece in the early onslaught, while Mealer nailed a 3-pointer and hit one foul shot.
Liberty would out-score FMS 6-0 over the final four minutes of the first quarter to trail by four, entering the second quarter.
The Lady Pats scored five points in the period, but FMS only scored three and led by one point at the half.
Mary Alice Shavers scored for Liberty to open the second half, tying the game 13-13, but Forrest buckled down on defense and blanked the visitors the remainder of the period.
Lewis had four points in the third quarter, Mealer had three and Jenna Blanton added two for the Lady Rockets as they built a comfortable 22-13 lead after three periods.
Jenna Blanton scored eight points in the fourth quarter for the Lady Rockets, who cruised to the 18-point victory.
Jenna Blanton ended up with 13 points and Mealer added seven.
Lewis, Anna Blanton and Ally Blanton had four points apiece, while Kaydee Todd added one free throw in the game.
The boys game was an early season thriller, spotlighting two of the best players in the Duck River Valley Conference in Forrest's Riley McClaran and Liberty standout Kion Johnson.
Johnson scored 31 out of Liberty's 53 points in the game.
McClaran went ballistic, scoring a career high 43 points in the contest, including nine three-point goals.
Liberty led by three points after the first quarter, but Forrest came back to take a one-point lead at the half, 23-22.
The third period was a one-man show for the Rockets as McClaran scored all 14 points in the period with four treys and one field goal.
Johnson was stout as well, netting eight points, but got some help from Weston Coop, Garrett Rucker and Ben Taylor, who all had one field goal for the Patriots.
FMS took the one-point to the fourth quarter and once again McClaran was the lone Forrest player to score as the eighth-grader posted another 14 points with three 3-pointers and five foul shots, but it was not enough as Liberty came back to win 53-51 on a last second rebound and follow by Johnson.