Yost pulls Lady Rockets to win over Cornersville

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Forrest Lady Rockets entered Monday nights game at Cornersville on a high note, coming off a convincing 57-46 win Saturday night against 2A powerhouse Creek Wood.

The Lady Bulldogs were looking to bounce back from 72-20 annihilation at the hands of Loretto.

The intra-county rivalry between two teams that made state tournament appearances in the 2010's was the usual hard fought, emotional game that fans have come to expect when these teams meet.

Yost on target

The Lady Rockets (2-2) pulled away late 67-42 behind another monstrous night by Caitlyn Yost's 29 points.

"Good win, but we shot ourselves in the foot tonight by doing some not smart fouls, fouling the shooter, things that we normally don't do," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. "We've got to tighten those things up and we can get a few more wins."

The Bulldogs managed to shut down Forrest's main weapon, holding Yost scoreless in the first quarter but Krista Chapman (4 points) and Madison Curtis (3) led a host of FHS scorers that picked up the slack for a 15-10 lead after the first quarter.

Emma Mitchell scored seven points in the second quarter to keep the Bulldogs close but Yost exploded for 18 second-quarter points to give the Lady Rockets a 34-21 edge at the half.

Pulling away

"It was closer than we wanted it to be at the beginning, but eventually at the end we started to pull away," Yost said. "It's still the beginning of the year and we're working out all of the kinks. The last game definitely was a big help confidence wise."

The Lady Bulldogs came out the half refreshed and held the Rockets to just six third quarter points to inch a bit closer behind a Carly Salsman three-pointer and Emma Mitchell bucket.

"We had all the confidence in the world that we could come back and win," Cornersville coach Peyton Newton said. "We were tired and it was good to get to the half at that time. We came back in the second half and did some good things. Got some turnovers and hit some shots."

Out in front

The Rockets finally pulled away from the Bulldogs stingy defense to score 27 fourth quarter points to take the win at 67-42, led by eight Dani Hoeft points, including two three-pointers.

"We need to work on handling the ball and playing better fundamentally," Mitchell said. "But we played better together and handled the ball a lot better than we did against Loretto."

Forrest plays Giles County at 1:30 p.m. in the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic on Wednesday and Cornersville takes on Watertown at 6 pm on Wednesday night at the same venue.

Forrest 15 19 6 27 67

Cornersville 10 11 5 16 42

Forrest (67): Yost 29, Hoeft 10, Curtis 9, Northcutt 6, Chapman 4, Thrasher 4, Stacey 3, Harmon 2

Cornersville (42): Mitchell 14, Powers 8, Salsman 7, S.B. Prosser 6, Sa. Prosser 5, Hopkins 2