Forrest teams slip again in district action at Eagleville

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The troubles continued for both Forrest hoops teams on Friday at Eagleville as they were swept, sending Chapel Hill to near the bottom of the District 9A standings.

The Lady Rockets fell behind early, trailing by as many as 16 points before a second half comeback fell short, resulting in a 53-39 loss.

The Rockets led just once versus the Eagles, but remained in the game until Eagleville pulled away with a fourth quarter surge to win 71-59.

The Lady Rockets (7-7, 1-3) are one game ahead of winless Fayetteville in seventh place, while the Rockets (1-10, 0-4) are tied for last place with Moore County.

Kyleah Hengesbach, who scored 13 points at Eagleville, comes up with a steal and layup in the first quarter. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Lady Rockets

On Friday, the Chapel Hill girls fell behind 5-0 before a Kyleah Hengesbach 3-pointer got Forrest on the scoreboard.

Eagleville's Alli Burns, who led all scorers in the contest with 18 points, nailed the first of her four 3-pointers in the game to make it a four-point game until Caitlyn Yost hit two free throws and Hengesbach followed with a drive to the hoop for two more points, pulling Forrest to within one point of the Lady Eagles.

Eagleville put the brakes on the Forrest surge and went on a 6-0 run to end the first quarter behind another trey by Burns and a long-bomb by Kristin Burns, giving the Lady Eagles a 14-7 lead.

It looked like the game would be over for Forrest as Eagleville scored the first nine points of the second quarter to extend its lead to 23-7.

Spark ignited

The Lady Rockets fought back with a vengeance, scoring the last nine points of the period, including a Katey Harmon 3-pointer that ignited the surge, making it a seven-point game at the half, 23-16.

Katey Harmon goes strong to the hoop for two of her six points in Forrest's 53-39 loss at Eagleville Friday night.

Eagleville regained the momentum in the third quarter, staving off Forrest to lead by as many as nine points late, but a Harmon three-point play in the paint and a Yost steal and score to end the period made it a 34-30 ballgame, entering the fourth quarter.

Yost scored first in the period, slicing Eagleville's lead to two points until Burns heated up again, drilling a 3-pointer before stealing the ball and feeding Barnes for a lay-up to make it 39-32.

Final shot

Yost made her lone 3-pointer of the night moments later to cut the Eagleville lead to four points, but that would be the last time Forrest would score as the Lady Eagles reeled off 14 unanswered points to end the game.

Forrest 7 9 14 9-39

Eagleville 14 9 11 19-53

Forrest-Caitlyn Yost 17, Kyleah Hengesbach 13, Katey Harmon 6, Tamia Northcutt 3.

Three-point goals-Hengesbach, Northcutt, Yost, Harmon.

Free throws-Hengesbach 6-8, Yost 4-5, Harmon 1-1, Emma Stacey 0-1.

Eagleville-Alli Burns 18, Kristin Barnes 16, Ryley Cobb 8, Shianne Knox 4, Tori Ladig 4, Taylor Turnage 3.

Three-point goals-Burns 4, Barnes 2, Knox, Turnage.

Free throws-Barnes 6-9, Cobb 6-8, Burns 4-6, Knox 1-2, Turnage 0-2, Ladig 2-2.


The Rockets also fell behind early 8-3 to the Eagles, but clawed back to trail by one-point at 12-11 on two Korbin Brown free throws and the two teams played relatively even the remainder of the first quarter with the home team leading 17-13, entering the second quarter.

Brandon Kelley, who poured in 31 points to lead all scorers in the contest, made a pair of 3-pointers out of the gate to push Eagleville's lead to double digits at 23-13 before Brown hit two foul shots.

Austin Bailey scores off of an Eagleville turnover for two of his eight points versus the Eagles. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Austin Bailey followed with a score off an Eagleville turnover and a pair of foul shots by Donovan Murray late in the second quarter made it a four-point game before the Rockets went to the locker room trailing 35-30.

Close battle

Two minutes into the third quarter, Brown scored to cap off a 7-2 run to tie the game at 37 and Kelley and Brown matched baskets soon afterwards, but a Forrest turnover led to a Kelley trey to give Eagleville a 42-39 lead with 4:19 left in the period, forcing a Forrest timeout.

After the stoppage, Forrest coughed the ball up and Kelley made two free throws to seemingly give Eagleville the momentum, but Forrest roared back with a 7-2 run, capped off by two Bailey free throws, tying the game at 46 with 1:34 remaining in the stanza.

The Eagles would not give in as they ended the third quarter with an 8-1 run to take a 54-47 lead to fourth quarter where they would regain a 10-point lead at 61-51.

Korbin Brown led the Rockets with 25 points at Eagleville, where Forrest lost 71-59 Friday night.

Late surge

The Rockets had one last surge left as a David Andrews bucket in the paint, followed by two Brown free throws sliced the Eagles' lead to six points with three minutes left in the game.

From there Eagleville put the game away with a 10-4 run to end the contest.

Forrest lost a close 58-55 game to Lincoln County at home on Monday.

The two FHS squads will head to the Eagleville Christmas Classic where they will play Page and Cascade.

After the New Year, Forrest will play at Collinwood on January 4, 2016 and host Summertown the following night before resuming District 9A play at Chapel Hill versus Huntland on Jan. 8.

Forrest 13 17 17 12-59

Eagleville 17 18 19 17-71

Forrest-Korbin Brown 25, Donovan Murray 18, Austin Bailey 8, Graham Anglin 3, David Andrews 3, Ty Hengesbach 2.

Three-point goals-Murray, Anglin.

Free throws-Murray 5-7, Anglin 0-1, Brown 10-11, Bailey 4-4, Andrews 1-2.

Eagleville-Brandon Kelley 31, Austin Strickland 13, Eric Hawks 13, Graham Hatcher 5, Ethan Cobb 4, Cody Pepper 3, Chez Sutton 2, Garrett Parker 2, Damarian Stoudemire 2.

Three-point goals-Kelley 5, Hatcher, Hawks, Pepper.

Free throws-Kelley 8-14, Strickland 3-4, Parker 0-1, Cobb 2-2.