FMS teams split with Moore County; girls stay unbeaten
The FMS Lady Rockets remained undefeated for the season, beating Moore County 34-23 Thursday night at Chapel Hill before the Rockets lost a low scoring thriller 27-26.
The girls went coast-to-coast on the Raiderettes, scoring the first eight points of the game and staved off many Moore County comeback attempts as the game progressed.
The dynamic duo of Jenna Blanton and Carissa Curtis teamed up for 30 out of the 34 points for Forrest with Blanton leading all scorers with 17 and Curtis tallied 13.
Karly Daughrity and Angela Jett scored two points apiece in the first quarter for FMS.
Moore County's first comeback attempt came on a Kendall Dangerfield basket to make it a 10-7 contest, but Blanton and Curtis went on another tear to open up an 18-11 lead over the Raiderettes.
The Lynchburg girls didn't fold as one free throw by Jordan Lund and a 3-pointer by Erica Clifton accounted for the remainder of the second period points and the Lady Rockets held a three-point, 18-15 lead at the half.
Late in the third period, Forrest's lead stayed at three points until a Blanton free throw and a Curtis rebound and put-back extended the Lady Rockets' margin to six points, entering the fourth quarter.
Blanton came up with a steal and score at the outset of the period and after winning a tie-up moments later, FMS called timeout with 5:11 remaining in the contest.
FMS coach David Junkins drew up a play in the huddle and FMS executed it perfectly as Curtis ran open and drilled a 3-pointer, making it a 28-17 contest.
Moore County cut the lead to seven points at 30-23 late, but Blanton scored the final four points of the game as FMS moved to 3-0 on the season.
After winning their first two games, the Rockets came out rusty on Thursday as Moore County posted an 11-0 shutout in the first quarter.
Moore County's Noah Blankenship notched his lone bucket of the game to start the second quarter and that was the only points Moore County scored before the half.
Forrest's only points of the second period came on 3-pointers by Cole Perryman and John Reasonover and the Rockets trailed, 13-6 at halftime.
Moore County opened up a 23-12 third quarter lead, capped off by a steal and score by Brayden Cashion with 2:02 left in the period before Andrew Timmons converted a bucket in the low post and the Raiders led by nine, entering the fourth quarter.
Another Cashion swipe and steal with 2:35 remaining in the contest allowed Moore County to retain the same cushion, but things got wild from there as the Rockets mounted a furious comeback.
Max Kirby's 3-pointer started the Forrest rally and after a Moore County missed shot, Joseph Whittaker's field goal made it a 27-23 contest.
The Rockets were fired up and caused a Moore County turnover that was turned into three points when Perryman drilled a long bomb, slicing the Raiders' lead to a single digit 41.5 seconds remaining in the game.
Moore County coughed up the rock again and FMS raced the other way with a chance to tie, but a turnover and a subsequent technical foul on FMS coach Robbie Reasonover gave Lynchburg a chance to put the game away.
The Raiders did not convert any of the free throws and then turned the ball over on an out of bounds play, sending Whittaker up court, but his desperation heave was off the mark at the buzzer, ending the wild affair.
Whittaker scored 10 points to lead FMS in the scoring column, followed by Perryman with six, Timmons with four and John Reasonover and Kirby finished with three points.
Moore County 4 11 2 6-23
Forrest 8 10 5 11-34
Moore County-Kendall Dangerfield 9, Olivia Richards 6, Erica Clifton 5, Marcy Fletcher 2, Jordan Lund 1
Free throws-Dangerfield 5-for-7, Richards 4-for-5, Clifton 2-for-4, Lund 1-for-1, Fletcher 0-for-2
Forrest-Jenna Blanton 17, Carissa Curtis 13, Karly Daughrity 2, Angela Jett 2
Free throws-Blanton 5-for-12, Curtis 2-for-2, Daughrity 0-for-1
Moore County 11 2 10 4-27
Forrest 0 6 8 12-26
Moore County-Brayden Cashion 9, Riley Holman 7, Jason Fanning 5, Andrew Crawford 2, Will Halder 2, Noah Blankenship 2
Three-point goals-Cashion, Fanning, Holman
Free throws-Cashion 2-for-5, Holman 0-for-1
Forrest-Joseph Whittaker 10, Cole Perryman 6, Andrew Timmons 4, John Reasonover 3, Max Kirby 3
Three-point goals-Perryman 2, Reasonover, Kirby
Monday, October 25 versus Westwood
FMS 40, Westwood 22
Westwood 37, FMS 35