Lady Rockets take down Lady Bobcats

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Madison Curtis gets in her defensive stance versus the Lady Bobcats. Tribune photo by Mike Inglsbee

The Forrest Lady Rockets opened the Thanksgiving Classic against 2A power Giles County, looking to extend its win streak to three after beating 2A Creek Wood and intra-county rival Cornersville the previous week.

The Bobcats (2-2) started out strong leading after both the first and third quarter but ultimately fell 54-49 to a streaking Forrest squad that took down two perennial 2A contenders in the span of five days.

Curtis steps in

Caitlyn Yost paced the Lady Rockets (3-2) with 26 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, but got plenty of help running the young Rocket squad from Madison Curtis, who scored seven points, handed out two assists and grabbed three rebounds filling in perfectly for injured point guard Kyleah Hengesbach.

"I got a lot of playing time to start out the year, but now being a starter is a lot of pressure, filling in for someone else," Curtis said. "It's a hard position to take over but I like it."

Curtis and Tamia Northcutt both hit threes in the early going to give Forrest the slight edge before Giles County went on a 7-0 run to end the first period.

Catching up

The Rockets finally caught up with the Bobcats on a Katey Harmon three-pointer and a Yost steal and layup to tie the game at 25-25 and after a Keneisha Love free throw gave the lead back to the Bobcats, Yost struck again with a 15-foot dagger with four seconds left in the half for a 27-26 Forrest lead.

Love broke a 33-33 tie late in the third quarter before Yost led a 7-2 Forrest run in the final period.

The Bobcats would not die easy and built a five-point lead with two minutes left in the game but Yost came to the rescue once again, scoring nine points as the Lady Rockets pulled away for the five-point win.

On target

"I was thinking that five points wasn't that much of a lead and two minutes is plenty of time for us to get that back," Yost stated. "We just needed to get the defense out of whack and then get an open shot or open drive. And it just so happened that I got the open three and hit it and then got the other two."

Krista Chapman led a dominate low post presence for the Lady Rockets with eight rebounds, Katey Harmon had nine points and five rebounds and Sydney Hill grabbed four boards.

'Good win'

"This is a good win, that's a really good team. Athletic and strong, they did some really good things," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. "I hope it makes our confidence go up and as our confidence goes up more shots will fall. That's what got us in the first two games, we just couldn't make a shot. I hope we get rolling and we're playing good teams and that's showing us what we need to work on."

Forrest 12 15 10 17 54

Giles County 15 11 14 9 49

Forrest (54): Yost 26, Northcutt 5, Curtis 7, Harmon 9, Chapman 3, Hill 2, Thrasher 2.

Giles County (49): McNairy 8, Freeman 11, Gerleech 12, White 3, Harper 2, Love 9, Bedingfield 4.

3 point field goals- Forrest (6): Yost 3, Northcutt 1, Curtis 1, Harmon 1 Giles County (3): Gerleech 2, White 1.