Forrest blasts Fayetteville in tourney opener
Forrest took on the Tigers from Fayetteville on Saturday night in a District 9A play-in game and looked to avoid the curse of not being able to beat the same team three times in one season as the Lady Rockets beat Fayetteville handily in both regular season meetings.
Forrest would put to rest any thought of an upset by the winless Lady Tigers (0-22), jumping out to a 19-5 lead after one quarter and breezing to a 58-14 win holding Fayetteville to its lowest point total on the year.
'Do or die'
"This was a do or die game, so obviously we don't want our season to end now," junior guard Caitlyn Yost, who led all scorers with 26 points, said. "Fayetteville is not one of the better teams in our district and we blew them out both times this year, so we knew we could win."
"So, it's just a fact that we come out here knowing that we had to win and that got us the win," Yost added. "It's just preparing basically, we're trying to brush up on the little things, get the little things right so we can do better against the better teams.
Yost added six rebounds and four assists and Kyleah Hengesbach scored 14 points and handed out seven assists.
Sydney Hill led both teams with 10 rebounds and had one point for Forrest.
"We really just wanted to work on transition, going as fast as we can, doing the best that we could," Hengesbach said. "We did really good on our passing today and playing defense. Defense wins games."
Defense was the name of the game for the Lady Rockets, keeping the Tigers without a bucket until the 2:38 mark in the first quarter and allowing just 10 points the entire first half.
Forrest started the game on a hot streak as Madison Curtis hit a layup and knocked down a 2-pointer, while Yost hit two jumpers for an early 10-0 lead.
D.J. Horton would finally score for the Tigers towards the end of the second quarter, but nine points each from Yost and Hengesbach in the second quarter put a close to the game before the Tigers had much of a chance.
"Offensively our ball movement and moving without the ball got us some open looks," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. "Offensively, seeing our movement and seeing what was going on was a positive. Defensively, I thought we played well, we held their best player to 10 points of their 14 total, so defensively we played great as a team."
Forrest 19 20 15 4-58
Fayetteville 5 5 2 2-4
Forrest-Kyleah Hengesbach 14, Caitlyn Yost 26, Haily Collins 6, Madison Curtis 5, Krista Chapman 2, Sydney Hill 1. Grace Thrasher 4.
Fayetteville-Kerry Brown 2, DJ Horton 10, Kevondria Carr 2.
3-point goals-Forrest (7)-Yost 2, Collins 2, Hengesbach 2, Curtis. Fayetteville (1)-Horton.
Halftime score-Forrest 39, Fayetteville 10.