Lady Rockets dominate against Cornersville

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Grace Thrasher, who scored three points versus Cornersville, boxes out a Lady Bulldog in the fourth quarter. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

It was Senior Night at Forrest Monday as the Lady Rockets hosted Cornersville and the Chapel Hill girls started a little slow before bulldozing the Lady Dawgs 52-29.

"Getting a win against any in county team is always good, but at this point in the year we want to beat anybody," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said.

Caitlyn Yost scored 25 points in the game for Forrest to lead all scorers, including six out of the 10 points scored by the Lady Rockets in the first quarter.

Morgan Terry, who led the Bulldogs with nine points in the contest, scored four out of six for Cornersville in the stanza.

Pressure's on

Forrest took off in the second quarter with a pressing defense that caused confusion for Cornersville, who scored just two points in the period.

"We did get off to good start last night, especially defensively," Jean said. "It took us until the second quarter to really get going offensively. But as long as we are defending well, we can keep games where we want them until the offense kicks in."

The defensive effort led to a myriad of transition baskets for the Lady Rockets, especially for Yost, who came up with 12 points and two steals in the second quarter as Forrest put up 23 points to lead 33-8 at the intermission.

Yost led off the third quarter with a basket, but Sam Prosser followed with a 3-pointer to break the Cornersville scoring drought.

Big lead

Midway through the period, a steal by Yost and dish to Kyleah Hengesbach opened up a 30-point lead for the Lady Rockets.

Carson Coble drives to try to penetrate the Forrest defense at Chapel Hill Monday night.

Forrest took a 46-17 lead into the final period and Jean went to the bench for the remainder of the contest.

Emma Stacey hit a 3-pointer for Forrest in the fourth quarter as Cornersville outscored the Lady Rockets 10-6 in the final period with Emma Mitchell scoring five out-of-her seven points in the game for the Lady Bulldogs, who fell below .500 on the season with a 12-13 record.

Confidence

"I think the team is really believing in themselves and what we are wanting to do right now," Jean stated. "Even in our loses lately, we have been right there to get the win. Playing the tournament at home will be a big advantage for us because our crowd helps fuel the energy of this team."

Forrest (15-12) takes on Perry County (18-5) at Chapel Hill on Thursday before hosting winless Fayetteville (0-21) in a District 9-A play-in game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

"The game Thursday night against Perry County is going to be a good test for us right before the tournament starts, which is why we scheduled it then," Jean said.

Cornersville 6 2 11 10-29

Forrest- 10 23 13 6-52

Cornersville-Morgan Terry 9, Emma Mitchell 7, Sara Beth Prosser 4, Carson Coble 4, Sam Prosser 3, Beth Ann Oberlander 2.

3-point goals-Sam Prosser 1.

Free throws-Sara Beth Prosser 0-2, Sam Prosser 0-2, Coble 4-4, Terry 1-5, Oberlander 0-1, Mitchell 5-10.

Forrest-Caitlyn Yost 25, Hailey Collins 6, Kyleah Hengesbach 4, Tamia Northcutt 4, Krista Chapman 4, Emma Stacey 3, Grace Thrasher 3, Madison Curtis 2, Sydney Hill 1.

3-point goals-Northcutt 1, Stacey 1.

Free throws-Yost 5-7, Collins 0-4, Northcutt 1-2, Hill 1-2, Thrasher 1-2.

Halftime score-Forrest 33, Cornersville 8.