Lady Rockets fall, face play-in game
The Forrest Lady Rockets entertained Moore County Friday night in the final regular season District 9-A game of the season for Chapel Hill and the Raiderettes won every quarter to take a 58-47 win.
"I feel like we didn't play bad Friday night, there was about two, minute and a half spans were we didn't execute on both ends of the floor," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. "I think that Moore County just played better than we did for the whole game."
Forrest finished sixth in the district standings and will host Fayetteville Saturday at 1 p.m. in a do-or-die District 9-A Tournament play-in game with the winner facing third-seeded Huntland on Monday night.
"It's time for the tournament on Saturday, so we have to play in the inaugural play-in game in order to get into the tournament," Jean said. "We have to take care of business early with Fayetteville and not let them hang around the whole game. When we do that, we get Huntland on Monday at 7:30."
Forrest has won all 10 games they have played versus Fayetteville since the Lady Tigers began varsity play in 2012.
Caitlyn Yost had 22 points versus Moore County and was the only Forrest player in double figures in the contest, while Raiderettes' standout Kursten Hawkins matched Yost's total and Taylor Holcomb chipped in with 11 points for Lynchburg.
"We let their post get some easy buckets by not remembering how to guard them," Jean said. "But like I told the girls in the locker room, it's not the end of the season. So don't hang their heads."
Forrest won the battle at Lynchburg 61-52 on January 12.
"They had a couple kids step up and make some shots that they didn't the last time that we played them," Jean said. "They (Moore County) also didn't get rattled this time. We got them rattled in Lynchburg."
Hawkins scored six points in the first quarter for Moore County, who led 11-10 and would increase its lead to 16-10 on a Katie Thomas basket, followed by a three-point play the old-fashioned way by Hawkins.
Forrest stormed back with seven unanswered points to take a one-point lead, beginning with two free throws by Yost, a 3-pointer by Hailey Collins and transition bucket by Yost after a tie-up won by the Lady Rockets.
The Lady Rockets still held a one-point lead at 21-20 after a Sydney Hill basket, but another Hawkins three-point play near the end of the second quarter gave Moore County a 24-21 lead at the intermission.
A Hawkins 3-pointer from the outside capped 9-1 run by the Raiderettes at the outset of the third quarter, forcing Jean to call timeout at the 5:24 mark with Forrest trailing 33-22.
Forrest stormed out of the stoppage, putting together its best stretch of the night as Yost caught fire, scoring seven points and four more by Collins made it two-point game at 35-33, forcing a Moore County timeout with 2:07 remaining in the period.
Two costly turnovers by Forrest after the timeout led to five Moore County points and a 41-33 lead for the visitors, entering the fourth quarter.
The Lady Rockets would cut the Moore County lead to six points on a few occasions in the stanza and with the score 47-41 with two minutes to go in the game, Yost drilled a 3-pointer, slicing the lead in half.
That would be as close as the Lady Rockets would get as Moore County closed out the game with an 11-3 run, sending Forrest to the play-in round, while sending Moore County to a first-round matchup with Eagleville.
The Lady Eagles beat Moore County twice in the regular season, setting up a very difficult first round game for the Raiderettes.
"As far as getting a break as seeding going to the loser of the game, there is no easy game on Monday night, whoever you have to play," Jean said. "Huntland and Eagleville had both been ranked in the Top 10 this year, so we just have to go out and play with energy and execution and we have a chance to beat anyone."
Moore County 11 13 17 17-58
Forrest 10 11 12 14-47
Moore County-Kursten Hawkins 22, Taylor Holcomb 11, Kinsley Logan 9, Chrissy Lockhart 9, Katie Thomas 3, Grace Cauble 2, Faith Cauble 2.
3-point goals-Holcomb 2, Logan 1, Hawkins 1.
Free throws-Holcomb 5-6, Logan 0-2, Hawkins 5-6, Grace Cauble 0-2, Lockhart 3-3, Thomas 1-6.
Forrest-Caitlyn Yost 22, Hailey Collins 9, Kyleah Hengesbach 8, Madison Curtis 3, Katey Harmon 3, Grace Thrasher 2.
3-point goals-Yost 2, Collins 1, Curtis 1.
Halftime score-Moore County 24, Forrest 21.