Summertown halts Forrest winning streak
The Forrest Lady Rockets, coming off four straight wins continued their topsy-turvy season with a 59-50 loss at home to Summertown Tuesday night.
"I think we played with little energy and focus," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. "Summertown played with energy and was more focused than us."
Hailey Collins opened the game with a 3-pointer for the Lady Rockets, but the first quarter turned out to be a back and forth affair as the lead exchanged hands a couple of times until the Lady Eagles seized a 13-11 at the end of the first eight minutes.
Forrest went on a super hot streak to begin the second quarter, scoring 11 straight points, including four markers in the low post by Krista Chapman, a three-point play in the paint by Caitlyn Yost, a drive to the hoop by Kyleah Hengesbach and a steal and score by Collins, giving the Chapel Hill girls a 22-13 lead with three minutes remaining in the first half.
Summertown went on an 8-0 run to slice the Forrest lead to one point at 22-21 before Yost and McKenzie Kilburn traded baskets at the end of the half that had the Lady Rockets in front 24-23.
The Lady Eagles came out fired up in the second half, scoring five straight points to take a 28-24 lead until Yost drained a 3-pointer to stop the onslaught.
Another Yost trey late gave Forrest a 35-32 lead before Josie Franks scored on a three-point play the old-fashioned way, tying the game at 35, entering the fourth quarter.
Behind to stay
Forrest would not see the lead again in the contest as Summertown put on a 22-12 fourth quarter offensive blitz that sealed the Lady Rockets' fate.
"We didn't defend well and we didn't do the little things that we had been doing the last four games, like getting loose balls and deflections," Jean said. "Summertown did a good job of getting us on our heels---we let them get into the paint way too much last night. When they did, they scored. We gave up a couple and one's and we missed some easy shots. You put all of those things together and you come out on the wrong side at the end of the game."
The Lady Rockets (10-8, 1-3) will be back on the home hard court tonight when they face Huntland (13-5, 3-2) to begin an eight-game league stretch.
Defense a must
"We are going to have to defend better against them (Huntland) than we did last night, but the good thing is that we can defend better than last night," Jean said. "If we couldn't, I would be worried, but I'm not I know that we will have more focus and energy these next games and I expect us to keep getting better."
Jean added. "Every game I see improvement in something. The last four games we have improved on the offensive end, cutting down on empty possessions and taking quality shots. We just need to get better on defense and we will be in every game the rest of the season."
Summertown 13 10 12 24-59
Forrest 11 13 11 15-50
Summertown-McKenzie Kilburn 20, Reily Brazier 13, Josie Franks 10, Madison Dinwiddie 9, Kylie Rossman 6.
Three-point goals-Kilburn 2, Dinwiddie, Rossman.
Free throws-Franks 6-6, Brazier 5-8, Dinwiddie 4-4, Kilburn 2-2, Rossman 1-4.
Forrest-Caitlyn Yost 22, Krista Chapman 8, Hailey Collins 7, Kyleah Hengesbach 6, Dani Hoeft 3, Katey Harmon 2, Sydney Hill 2.
Three-point goals-Hoeft, Yost, Collins.
Free throws-Yost 1-2, Collins 2-2, Harmon 0-2, Chapman 2-5.