Forrest streak ends
The Lady Rockets finished out the annual Thanksgiving tournament against 3A powerhouse Dickson County (4-1), featuring Vanderbilt commit Lea Lea Carter along with several other Division I college prospects.
Forrest proved that while the team might not yet be on the level of 3A's finest, the Lady Rockets (4-3) are well on their way to a great season in 1A.
Change of mindset
"It's intimidating when your playing a team with even one player you know is really good," Caitlyn Yost explained. "Our girls just have to get that out of their heads. You just have to go out there thinking that they're no different than a Cornersville or Giles County."
The Rockets trailed by just two points after the first quarter and outscored the Lady Cougars by three points in the third frame before finally running out of gas in the fourth to take the loss 63-44 in a game that was closer than the final score indicates.
The Rockets missed 15 free throws in a game decided by 19 points, indicating Forrest would have been in the game until the end with better foul shooting.
"Fundamentals are very important," junior guard Tamia Northcutt said. "We have to limit turnovers, that's the one thing we didn't do well with tonight. Other than that we just need to knock down our free throws and we are in the game at the end."
The Cougars keyed in on Caitlyn Yost from the start, allowing the Lady Rockets' leading scorer to just two first period points, but Northcutt kept the Rockets in the game early with a layup and a deep three-pointer to start the game off as Forrest was down by just two points heading into the second quarter.
The Rockets rallied furiously in the third as Yost finally found her shot, scoring eight points in the frame.
Emma Stacey knocked down a triple and Sidney Hill scored two of her four points at the third quarter buzzer, cutting the Dickson County lead to just nine points. Grace Thrasher grabbed four of her team high seven rebounds in the quarter to provide growing depth on the once thin Rocket bench.
The Cougars finally pulled away in the fourth behind 11 Emily Beard points and Carter scored six of her game-high 20 points in the final frame to put the finishing touches on a tougher than expected victory for Dickson County.
"We've got to get better at blocking out," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean emphasized. "The first half they had nine offensive rebounds for seven points and they had seven free throws. So we gave them 14 of their 29 first half points."
The loss ended the Lady Rockets' four-game win streak that included wins over three 2A schools and a scrappy Cornersville squad.
Forrest 12 5 14 13 44
Dickson County 14 15 11 23 63
Forrest (44): Stacey 3, Yost 22, Northcutt 5, Curtis 3, Harmon 2, Chapman 2, Hill 4, Thrasher 3.
Dickson County (63): Reed 8, Purvine 5, Daniel 11, Beard 19, Carter 20.
Three-point goals- Forrest (3): Yost 1, Stacey 1, Northcutt 1.
Dickson County (6): Reed 2, Purvine 1, Beard 2, Carter 1.