Forrest swept at Unionville
It was a short trip to Unionville Friday night, but it must have been a long one home for the Forrest hoops squads as the girls lost the first game 52-39, before the Vikings completed the sweep with a 64-45 win over the Rockets.
The Lady Rockets never got anything going as the Viqueens reeled off 12 straight points to start the game and never looked back.
"We came out really flat with no energy or emotion and It was what I was afraid would happen after the way that the MTCS game ended," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. "We had too many empty possessions in the first half and it got us in a deep hole. No one can afford to get down 19 to Community, they are too good of a team to spot that many points before you wake up and start playing."
Community led 18-6 after the first quarter, building it even further at the outset of the second period when they began with a 7-0 run to increase the margin to 19 before a Caitlyn Yost bucket stopped the bleeding.
Community surged ahead again, making it a 19-point lead again with less than three minutes to play in the first half.
A Madison Curtis 3-pointer finally lit somewhat of a hot hand under the Lady Rockets, who went on a 9-2 spurt to end the half, trailing 29-17.
Yost drilled a 3-pointer and after a Community missed shot, Yost scored again to cut the Viqueens' lead to eight points at 30-22 to begin the second half.
"The game was a tale of two halves," Jean said. "The first half we played passive and on our heels. The second half we came out and was aggressive and put them on their heels. We got them into a speed that they don't want to play."
It was not to be as the Viqueens took off again, outscoring Forrest 11-3 the remainder of the third quarter to take a comfortable 41-25 lead into the final eight minutes.
There would be no answer from Forrest (5-6, 1-2) the rest of the game as the Viqueens (7-0, 2-0) cruised to win.
Time to learn
"One bright spot is that it is December and we still have a couple months to get better," Jean stated. "We have some areas that we need to improve on and when we do, we are going to be a tough out.
"The biggest bright spot is the fight that they showed once we got down by almost 20. They could've lain down and quit, but they keep fighting and trying to do the right thing."
Community had three players in double figures in the scoring column with Lacey Thompson leading the way with 17 points, while Sarah Pierce (11) and Lacey Reed (10) joined Thompson.
Yost led all scorers in the contest with 22 points and was the only Forrest player in double figures.
Forrest 6 11 8 14 -- 39
Community 18 11 12 11 -- 52
Forrest: Caitlyn Yost 22, Kyleah Hengesbach 6, Dani Hoeft 5, Madison Curtis 3, Sydney Hill 3.
Community: Erin Thompson 17, Sarah Pierce 11, Lacey Reed 10, Jordan Huntley 9, Davie Barnes 3, Mercedes Huntley 2.
3-Point goals: Forrest (5): Yost 3, Hoeft, Curtis; Community (4): Pierce 2, J. Huntley 2.
Free throws: Forrest (8-13): Hengesbach 4-4, Yost 3-4, Collins 0-2, Curtis 0-1, Hill 1-1, Thrasher 0-1; Community (11-24): Barnes 1-2, Pierce 1-2, Jordan Huntley 3-6, Reed 0-2, Thompson 2-6, Mercedes Huntley 4-6.
Halftime score: Community 29, Forrest 17.
The Forrest Rockets took the floor in the nightcap and played well at the start, jumping to an early 6-2 lead on five points by Donovan Murray and a bucket in the paint by DJ Jones.
"We just couldn't score....when it was needed, but I feel we are so close and at some point hoping to see us get over that hump," said Forrest coach Randy Toombs. "We hung in there for a long time, but when you have to swap baskets and don't, well it puts you in that hole and fighting out seems to not be what we can accomplish at the moment."
The Vikings stormed back, outscoring the Rockets 13-5 the remainder of the first quarter to take a 15-11 lead into the second stanza.
Korbin Brown, who led the Rockets in the scoring column with 20 points, nailed a 3-pointer to start the period and after a Vikings' missed shot, Murray scored on a driving layup to put Forrest in front 15-14 with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
"Korbin has been solid," said Toombs. "I'm very proud of the player and young man he seems to be."
A Brown basket moments later gave the Rockets a 21-18 lead before Community went on a 9-1 run to surge ahead 27-22.
"We have those nice moments of looking like we are there, and then we miss a shot or two and combine it with turnover, then you're down," said Toombs.
Murray banged down his lone 3-pointer of the night deep into the second period to pull the Rockets within two points at 27-25, but once again the Vikings pulled away with an 8-0 run, including two free throws by Darian Pride, who notched his 1000th point of his career on the first made foul shot.
Community took a 33-25 to the second half and the two teams played an almost even third quarter with the Vikings leading 49-40, entering the fourth quarter.
Community (3-5, 1-1) outplayed the Rockets the rest of the way, scoring 15 points in the third quarter to only five by Forrest, who fell to 1-8 on the season and 0-2 in District 9A play.
"This district is tough as always as Huntland and (Fayetteville) City seem to have a hold on the top spots, along with Eagleville," said Toombs. "It's going to be interesting to see where it all plays out when the final district games are played. We will just have to persevere and continue to work on putting four full quarters together with a few OT extensions as well."
Forrest 11 14 15 5 -- 45
Community 15 18 16 15 -- 64
Forrest: Korbin Brown 20, Donnie Murray 11, Dylan Jones 7, David Andrews 5, Jacob Rich 2, Ty Hengesbach 2.
Community: Darian Pride 30, Braden Simmons 6, Jackson Wisener 6, Tyler Bushnell 6, Nathan Smith 4, Austin Seibers 6, Graham Cates 4, Kyle Davidson 2.
3-Point goals: Forrest (3): Brown 2, Murray; Community (1): Bushnell.
Free throws: Forrest (6-13): Murray 2-5, Brown 2-4, Jones 1-1, Hengesbach 0-1, Andrews 1-2; Community (15-21): Pride 10-15, Simmons 2-3, Bushnell 1-1, Seibers 1-2.
Halftime score: Community 33, Forrest 25.