Forrest splits road trip at Collinwood
After a short Christmas break, the Forrest hoopsters made the long trek to Collinwood Monday and came away with a split as the Lady Rockets (10-7, 1-3) beat the Trojanettes easily 57-30 before the Rockets (1-15, 0-4) fell 74-68 in the nightcap.
The Lady Rockets picked up their fourth win in a row as they held a 29-13 lead at the half, bolstered by 15 points from Caitlyn Yost, who led all scorers in the contest with 22 points.
"We played well at times and we have some hiccups to fix before district starts back on Friday, but I told them in the locker room after the game that an ugly win is better than a pretty loss," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said.
Forrest in control
Yost scored the first four points in the second half to give FHS a 31-13 lead, but back-to-back buckets by Makenzie Hensley and Zoiee Gobbell made it a 33-19 contest.
Forrest would go on a 6-0 mini-run to end the first half in complete control of the game.
Bailey Pigg opened up the fourth quarter with a basket for Collinwood, but a Tamia Northcutt 3-pointer gave Forrest a 23-point lead.
The Trojanettes cut the Forrest lead to 20 points moments later before a Madison Curtis basket, followed by a Dani Hoeft long bomb kept the heat on Collinwood.
The Lady Rockets ended the game with an 8-1 run, including 3-pointers by Curtis and Emma Stacey to seal the win.
"Starting with that Lincoln County game right before Christmas the way it ended boosted us to win these last three," Jean said. "If that game had went the other way it would have been tough for us because we played so hard, so I am hoping we can get rolling at the right time, keep getting better and make some noise this month."
Forrest 15 14 15 13-57
Collinwood 10 3 6 11-30
Forrest-Caitlyn Yost 22, Katey Harmon 9, Tamia Northcutt 5, Madison Curtis 5, Krista Chapman 4, Dani Hoeft 3, Emma Stacey 3, Grace Thrasher 2, Sydney Hill 2, Hailey Collins 2.
Three-point goals-Yost, Hoeft, Northcutt, Curtis, Harmon.
Free throws-Yost 1-2, Chapman 1-2.
Collinwood-Zoiee Gobbell 9, Adison Holt 8, Bailey Pigg 7, Brooke Morris 4, Makenzie Hensley 2.
Free throws-Pigg 1-2, Gobbell 2-3, Morris 0-1, Hensley 0-2, Holt 6-8.
Halftime score-Forrest 29, Collinwood 13.
The Forrest Rockets continued their struggle to get a win as they mounted a furious comeback before falling to the Trojans 74-68.
"I told them after the game, until we learn to take care of the ball in crucial situations we are not going to win," Forrest coach Randy Toombs said. "We shoot ourselves in the foot, they are not even hard turnovers, and we handed it right to them."
It was the 13th loss in a row for the Rockets, who have not won since Nov. 23 when the beat Cornersville 73-58.
Donovan Murray had 24 points in the contest and Dylan Jones also had a big night with 22 points.
Collinwood beat the Rockets with the long ball, canning 11 3-pointers in the game with Ty Robertson knocking down four triples and Ashton Daniel, Jace Daniel and Kedron Hensley all made a pair of treys for the Trojans.
The Rockets trailed 19-15 after the first quarter and fell into a 12-point deficit at the intermission.
Collinwood maintained a 10-point lead after three periods of play before Forrest garnered some momentum in the fourth quarter.
A Ty Hengesbach drive to the dish and score followed by Murray steal and score to open the final eight minutes sparked the Rockets' rally.
The Trojans scored after a timeout with 6:50 left in the game, but Jones scored in the low post to match the Collinwood bucket.
Robertson buried a 3-pointer before Jones and David Andrews scored for Forrest on back-to-back possessions.
Collinwood would surge again, going up by 10 points at 65-55 until Forrest went on a 6-2 thanks to a Jones three-point-play in the paint and a 3-pointer by Murray made it a 67-61 game with 2:06 remaining in the contest.
One free throw by Ashton Daniel boosted the Collinwood lead back to seven points and the Rockets turned the ball over.
Collinwood scored again to make it 72-61 and a 7-2 run by the Rockets to end the game was not enough to overcome the first half deficit.
The Rockets played Summertown last night before returning to the meat of the district schedule that begins with a home game Friday night versus first place Huntland (13-2, 4-0).
The Hornets came in as the number four ranked 1A team in the initial Associated Press' Top 10 poll on Monday and Toombs knows it's time to get going.
"To be honest with you, I feel confident that we can do well in our district, I just have to get them to feel that way and we will be OK," Toombs said. "I can't do things for them, they have to do it, and all I can do is heavily suggest it."
Forrest 15 12 17 24-68
Collinwood 19 20 15 20-74
Forrest-Murray 24, Dylan Jones 23, David Andrews 8, Ty Hengesbach 8, Graham Anglin 3, Jacob Rich 2.
Three-point goals-(5): Murray 2, Hengesbach 2, Anglin.
Free throws-Murray 0-2, Austin Bailey 0-2, Dylan Jones 1-2, David Andrews 2-4.
Collinwood-Ty Robertson 22, Kedron Hensley 22, Ashton Daniel 12, Jace Daniel 8, Charles Wood 6, Brylie Fisher 3, Jerimiah Tidwell 1.
Three-point goals-Ashton Daniel 4, Robertson 4, Hensley 2, Jace Daniel 2, Fisher.
Free throws-Ashton Daniel 0-1, Robertson 0-1, Wood 2-2, Hensley 7-11, Tidwell 1-2, Jace Daniel 1-1.
Halftime score-Collinwood 39, Forrest 27.