FMS sweeps Eagleville
Forrest Middle School entertained Eagleville Monday night and came away with two wins as the Lady Rockets remained undefeated with a 39-23 win, while the Rockets pulled off an exciting 25-24 come from behind triumph.
Jenna Blanton scored a game-high 16 points for Forrest (10-0) in a contest they trailed just once and that was on the first basket of the game by Eagleville's Haylee Ferguson, who led her team in scoring with nine points.
After Ferguson's field goal FMS reeled off 10 straight points, beginning with a bucket in the low post by Angela Jett, followed by a rebound and put-back by former Lady Eagle Carissa Curtis.
Jett went on to score four more points in the period and Blanton picked up her first bucket of the game on a drive to the hoop.
The Lady Eagles fought back, eventually cutting Forrest's lead to five points at 12-7 on a Summer Cooper 3-pointer.
Curtis righted the Lady Rockets' ship with a steal and score before Blanton and Cooper traded baskets at the end of the period with FMS leading 16-9.
Ferguson sliced the FMS lead to four points with a three-point play on a drive to the basket to start the third quarter and FMS responded with a Jett bucket in the low post before both squads went cold from the field with Blanton converting a pair of late buckets, sandwiched around a Ferguson basket as the Lady Rockets took a 22-14 positive margin to the final six minutes.
Alex Davenport came off the Forrest bench and scored on a rebound and put-back to kick off the fourth quarter.
Cooper scored her final basket of the game before Blanton and Kylie Vaughn traded 3-pointers, making it 27-19 Lady Rockets.
Blanton went to the free throw line and sank the first of two free throws, but missed the second attempt only to see Jett muscle her way in for put-back.
Two consecutive Eagleville baskets made it a 30-23 contest, but the Lady Rockets put the game away from there, scoring the last nine points of the game to seal the 16-point victory.
It was the tale of two different teams for the Rockets, who started the game in good shape, tied at 5-5 after two CJ Sanchez free throws midway through the first quarter.
From there, Forrest also scored five more points in the second quarter on a John Reasonover 3-pointer and two Joseph Whittaker free throws and trailed 15-10 at the break.
Reasonover, who led all scorers in the contest with 11 points drilled a long bomb to begin the second half.
Both squads could not find the mark for several minutes until Issac Pettit scored for Eagleville with 1:34 left in the period, but Andrew Timmons matched the Pettit bucket, making it a 17-15 ballgame at the end of the third quarter.
Sanchez tied the game on a basket to start the fourth quarter and then gave the Rockets the lead at 18-17, making one of two from the free throw line off of an Eagleville turnover.
Gavin Rogers and Reasonover traded downtown bombs as Forrest maintained the one-point lead and FMS built the margin to five when Reasonover calmly nailed both ends of a one-and-one opportunity at the free throw line, broken up by an Eagleville timeout with 36.7 seconds remaining in the game.
The Eagles responded in a big way as Nathan Lemmons dilled a 3-pointer and after a Forrest turnover with 10.2 seconds left, Vari Robinson and a chance to tie the game from the foul line, but missed the second attempt after making the first shot.
The Rockets held on as a missed free throw gave Eagleville an opportunity for a desperation heave that was off the mark and FMS improved to 4-6 on the season.
FMS will be back in action when they travel to Huntland tomorrow with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. at Franklin County.
Eagleville 2 7 5 9-23
FMS 10 6 6 17-36
Eagleville-Haylee Ferguson 9, Kylie Vaughn 6, Kyleigh Pettit 4, Summer Cooper 4
Three-point goals-Vaughn 2
Free throws-Ferguson 1-for-1
FMS-Jenna Blanton 16, Angela Jett 10, Carissa Curtis 8, Karley Daughrity 3, Alex Davenport 2
Three-point goals-Daughrity 1
Free throws-Blanton 2-for-5
Eagleville 8 7 2 7-24
FMS 5 5 5 10-25
Eagleville-Nathan Lemmons 10, Vari Robinson 8, Gavin Rogers 3, Issac Pettit 2, CJ Bega 1
Three-point goals-Robinson, Rogers, Lemmons
Free throws-Lemmons 3-for-4, Robinson 2-for-4, Bega 1-for-2, Pettit 0-for-2
FMS-John Reasonover 11, CJ Sanchez 9, Andrew Timmons 3, Joseph Whittaker 2
Three-point goals-Reasonover 2
Free throws-Sanchez 5-for-7, Reasonover 2-for-3, Timmons 1-for-3, Whittaker 0-for-2