Forrest Middle basketball teams off to hot starts
It seems a little early for basketball, but it's here and it all began on Monday when FMS travelled to Eagleville and came away with a sweep before doubling down on Tuesday with a pair of wins over Huntland at Chapel Hill.
Jenna Blanton led the Lady Rockets to victory on Monday, scoring a game high 16 points in a nine-point 31-22 win over the Lady Eagles.
The boys' game was not close as the Rockets routed the Eagles 45-15 with 10 players notching at least two points as CJ Sanchez led the way with 10 points.
On Tuesday, Carissa Curtis' return to Chapel Hill could not have gone any better as the Eagleville transfer came on in the second quarter and scored 16 points to go along with a game-high 18 by Angela Jett as the Lady Rockets beat Huntland 42-23.
FMS did not get off to a good start in the contest, trailing 6-2 after the first quarter before making a second quarter comeback.
With FMS trailing 8-5 early in the second quarter, Curtis scored her first basket as a Lady Rocket to make it a one-point game and was fouled.
Curtis missed the free throw, but Jett was there for the rebound and put-back to give Forrest the lead and the two teams would trade baskets twice more in the first half before a late Jett bucket in the paint gave the Lady Rockets the lead for good.
Hannah Villazon opened up the second half with a basket for Forrest and Blanton followed with a steal and score to make it 17-12.
A three-second call on the Lady Eagles gave the ball back to FMS and Jett converted in the paint to give the hometown girls a 19-12 and force a Huntland timeout with 4:23 remaining in the period.
Curtis outscored the Lady Hornets 6-2 the rest of the quarter and Jett added a free throw for FMS, who pulled out to a 26-14 lead, entering the fourth period.
Brooklyn Morris and Maddux Golden scored on back-to-back possessions for Huntland and Curtis scored in between the Huntland tallies with a rebound and put-back.
Curtis came up with four straight points as the clock wound under three minutes before Morris drilled a three-pointer, making an 11-point game at 32-21, but Curtis answered with a long bomb trey at the other end.
From there, Forrest ran away and hid in the 19-point win.
Rockets catch up
The Rockets followed a similar path as the girls, trailing 6-0 early at the outset of the contest and did not score until an Andrew Timmons bucket in the lane with 3:30 remaining in the opening period.
Huntland led 8-4 with 2:49 to play in the first quarter when Cole Perryman went deep with a three-pointer and after a Huntland turnover, Timmons scored in the low post and the Rockets took a 9-8 lead to the second quarter.
The two squads exchanged baskets for much of the second quarter and the Rockets carried a two-point margin to second half, leading 13-11.
After the halftime break, John Reasonover took over the game for FMS, knocking down three straight three-pointers as the Rockets opened up a double-digit lead and entered the fourth period with a nine-point margin over the Hornets at 26-17.
Forrest led by a dozen points on another Reasonover trey to open the final period and Timmons and Perryman knocked down a basket each before Huntland scored, but the damage was done and Rockets sailed home easily from there for the 13-point win.
Monday, October 17 at Eagleville
Girls-FMS 31 Eagleville 22
FMS-Jenna Blanton 16, Angela Jett 6, Karly Daughrity 5, Kristen Blalock 2, Alex Davenport 2
Three-point goals-Blanton 2, Daughrity 1
Free throws-Jett 4-6, Blalock 2-2, Blanton 0-2
Boys-FMS 45 Eagleville 15
Andrew Timmons 10, CJ Sanchez 9, Cole Perryman 7, John Dippold 4, Joseph Whittaker 4, Blake Burnham 3, Brayden Bowyer 2, Jerimiah Beasley 2, Hunter Bennett 2
Three-point goals-Burnham 1, Perryman 1
Free throws-Timmons 2-2, Bennett 2-2, Sanchez 1-1, Burnham 0-1,
Tuesday, October 18 versus Huntland
FMS 42 Huntland 23
FMS-Angela Jett 18, Carissa Curtis 16, Jenna Blanton 5, Hannah Villazon 2, Karly Daughrity 1
Three-point goals-Curtis 1
Free throws-Curtis 5-9, Jett 2-4, Daughrity 1-2, Blanton 1-4
Huntland-Lauryn Worthington 10, Brooklyn Morris 9, Maddux Golden 4
Three-point goals-Morris 1
Free throws-Worthington 4-9, Morris 2-6, Golden 0-2
FMS 38 Huntland 25
FMS-John Reasonover 12, Andrew Timmons 10, Cole Perryman 6, CJ Sanchez 4, Joseph Whittaker 4, Blake Burnham 2
Three-point goals-Reasonover 4, Perryman 1
Free-throws-Burnham 2-4, Timmons 2-4, Perryman 1-2, Sanchez 0-1
Huntland- Preston Williams 12, Payton Reed 9, Kolbi Stewart 3, Caden Robertson 1
Three-point goals-Reed 3
Free throws-Williams 2-9, Stewart 1-7, Robertson 1-2, Reed 0-1