Lady Rockets down Tigerettes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Sydney Hill comes up with a blocked shot versus Marshall County. Photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County Tigerettes traveled to Chapel Hill on Wednesday night to take on Forrest to wrap up the first day of the annual Forrest Thanksgiving tournament.

The game displayed a rare match up of the two middle Tennessee basketball powers separated by less than 15 miles in distance and featured two of the best players statewide in Marshall County's Kiya Morris and Forrest's Caitlyn Yost.

Lady Rockets roar

The game started out as advertised with Forrest (4-2) taking a 25-19 lead into the break but the Lady Rockets outscored the Tigerettes (0-2) by 11 points in the second half to walk away with a 53-36 win behind 29 points from Yost.

"I think that we got away from our game plan," Tigerettes' coach Jerrie Henry stated. "We went away from executing our plays. We are going to do a lot of things in the gym at practice, we're going to do a lot of refiguring and see who is going to step up and be a leader."

Kiya Morris tries to drive to the hoop versus the Lady Rockets at the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament.

Morris was a force for the Tigerettes in the first quarter, scoring nine points but a Yost fade away three-pointer put the Rockets on top 13-11 with under a minute left in the opening frame. Cassie Whitworth nailed a three-pointer to put the Tigerettes back up 14-13 to end the quarter in what would be the last lead for the visitors.

Key stop

The FHS defense held Morris scoreless in the second quarter and the Tigerettes failed to find another player to pick up the slack, enabling the Rockets to go into the half with a six point edge 25-19.

"Coach (Jeremy Jean) told us at halftime that we weren't focused enough and we needed to do our jobs better," Yost said. "We know in our heads that we know what we're doing, we can play basketball and not get down on ourselves when the game gets close."

Leah Hollingsworth hit two third quarter three-pointers to try and give her team a spark, but Yost struck again with a steal and a layup for two of her 11 third quarter points to push the lead to 31-21.

Too far down

"I feel like tonight we beat ourselves pretty much," Morris said. "We got down and after that there was no coming back, nobody could get us back up."

The Lady Rockets' defense held Morris to just 11 points in the game and out-rebounded the Tigerettes all night led by 10 Yost rebounds and eight rebounds from freshman post Sydney Hill. The Rockets were equally aggressive on the offensive end, out shooting the Tigerettes on the free throw line 35-12.

"We came out and played better defense tonight and rebounded really well," Hill said. "I worked really hard to get his jersey so once I got it I've been working really hard to make a difference."

Win streak

The Lady Rockets have now won four straight after a 0-2 start, including three straight wins against 2A opponents Creek Wood, Marshall County and Giles County.

"I think that we are growing up and that's what we need to continue to do," Jean said. "We have two girls coming off last year's team that played a lot of minutes, but that's about all. I think these games are helping us grow by learning what we have to do to get better as a team and individually."

Marshall County 14 5 12 5 36

Forrest 13 12 17 11 53

Forrest (53): Yost 29, Harmon 7, Hoeft 5, Curtis 5, Hill 5, Stacey 2.

Marshall County (36): Morris 11, Hollingsworth 6, Ingram 4, Solomon 4, Ford 3, Whitworth 3, Hobbs 2, Wicks 2, Hutton 1.

Three-point Goals - Marshall County (3): Hollingsworth 2, Whitworth 1.

Forrest (3): Yost 2, Hoeft 1.