Forrest outlasts Bulldogs for year's first win

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Rockets came into Monday night's game looking for its first win of the year after losing a heart breaker against Summertown in the Hall of Champions on Saturday and faced a winless Cornersville squad coming off a big loss to Loretto to start the year.

The Rockets started out with a big lead before letting the Bulldogs bounce back and finally pulling away for the 73-58 win.

Team effort

The Rockets built a 16-8 first quarter lead behind five Graham Anglin and four Austin Bailey points but the Bulldogs managed to keep it close by having four different players each contribute a basket.

The Rockets stretched the lead to 22-8 before Cam Whitaker scored 12 second quarter points to lead a furious Cornersville come back to take the lead.

"We knew in our head that even though we gave up that run we could come back," senior Rocket Donovan Murray said. "I just told them that we've got to get in gear."

Anglin added seven more points in the quarter and Korbin Brown scored six to retake the lead at the half 38-33.

Press work

"Our defense could've been better," Whitaker said. "We worked hard but our press didn't work too well. We need to work harder on our press and play closer as a team."

The Rockets held the Bulldogs to just 11 third quarter points while Murray put up eight points to give Forrest a 57-44 lead going into the final quarter.

"We had too many turnovers in the third quarter," Cornersville coach Jeff Morton said. "We didn't execute well on defense. They made too many shots and we didn't make any when we needed them."

Murray scored 12 points in the final quarter to go with a game high 23 to put the finishing touch on the win despite a valiant effort by Michael Allen (8 points) in the fourth to try and keep the game close.

A win, but...

"We had the advantage by knocking down our shots late," Forrest coach Randy Toombs said. "I felt like they out hustled us and they outplayed us. To be honest I know it's a win but I'm not a very happy camper right now."

Forrest takes on Cascade at 10:30 am today in the Forrest Thanksgiving Classic while Cornersville doesn't get back into action until December 8 in a road game at Hampshire.

Forrest 16 22 19 16 73

Cornersville 8 25 11 14 58

Forrest (73): Murray 23, Anglin 15, Brown 14, Andrews 7, Pruitt 4, Bailey 4, Jones 3, Hengesbach 2.

Cornersville (58): Whitaker 20, Caneer 12, Allen 10, Woodard 6, Powers 4, Crabtree 3, Ridinger 3.