Forrest Middle achieves another sweep
Forrest Middle School, coming off a basketball sweep at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Thursday, brought out the home brooms on Monday, taking a pair from Moore County.
The Lady Rockets made it three straight wins with their 31-22 win at MTCS combined with Monday's 54-26 coast-to-coast win over the Raiderettes.
Jenna Blanton led the Lady Rockets in scoring with 14 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 effort from the foul line.
It was fast and furious from the outset for Forrest, which combined a stifling defense with a sizzling fast break to jump out to a 14-0 lead.
Moore County finally scored on a basket by Allison Vaughn with 28 seconds remaining in the first quarter and trailed 14-4, entering the second.
The Raiderettes fought back, scoring six straight points to begin the second quarter before FMS pulled away for good.
After a Forrest timeout with five minutes left in the first half, Laura Ann Mealer scored on a backdoor play to ignite a 16-2 spurt that gave the Lady Rockets a 30-12 cushion at intermission.
Ally Blanton scored off a steal to open the second half and sister Jenna scored the next four points to open a 36-12 lead.
FMS led 42-17 at the end of the third quarter and scored a dozen more points in the final period to take the 18-point win.
Anna Blanton finished with eight points, Ally Blanton seven, Shea Lewis six and Mealer nine.
Rounding out the Forrest scoring was Kaydee Todd with four points and Zoe Long, Angela Jett and Abbie Hill all had two points apiece.
Carolyn Driver led the Raiderettes with seven points.
The Rockets beat MTCS 54-40 on Thursday behind a 23-point effort by Riley McClaran and the FMS boys matched the girls on Monday, winning 35-15 in a game in which they never trailed.
McClaran scored six points in the early FMS run that was highlighted by a tough pressing defense and some set plays that produced easy points on inbound plays under the Forrest basket.
The Rockets led 12-0 before Ben Fletcher scored for the Raiders with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Jason Fanning made it 12-4, but a McClaran 3-pointer stopped the Moore County mini-run as the Rockets led 15-5 at the end of the first period.
The Rockets blasted off in the second quarter, beginning with two McClaran free throws and a Spencer McCown layup off an inbound play.
Lofton Yeager scored on a rebound and put-back for the Rockets after a Moore County missed shot and one free throw by Dalton Colvin made it a 22-5 contest.
A Cole Villazon bucket and one free throw by McClaran gave FMS a 25-5 lead before the Raiders finally scored their only point of the period on one charity toss by Dylan Scruggs with 33 second remaining in the first half.
A McClaran trey opened up the second half that was played by mostly reserves on both sides.
The Rockets led 31-13 after the third quarter that was highlighted by a Charlie Edmonson trey and the fourth quarter saw Cole Perryman nail the last shot in the Rockets' 19-point victory.
McClaran had 16 points to lead the Rockets.
Villazon ended up with eight, McCown had four, Edmonson three, Perryman and Yeager two, while Colvin had the one free throw.
FMS will be back in action Thursday when it hosts Community.