FMS sweeps MTCS in home twin bill
The FMS basketball teams picked up where they left off before the Thanksgiving holiday break, staying on their winning ways with a sweep over MTCS Monday night at Chapel Hill.
The Lady Rockets (15-0) demolished the Lady Cougars 31-13 to remain unbeaten on the season, while the Rockets (7-8) moved closer to the .500 mark with a tough 41-35 win over the Cougars.
The Lady Rockets nearly pitched a first half shutout, holding MTCS scoreless until the 30 second mark of the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Forrest scored just four first quarter points before exploding at the outset of the second period on the defensive end, scoring on three consecutive steal and scores by Amanda Jett, Carissa Curtis and Jenna Blanton to make it a 10-0 contest.
Curtis, who led all scorers in the game with 18 points, took over the contest from there, scoring 10 points the rest of the first half, including a long 3-pointer and a three-point play the old fashioned way on a smooth sailing drive to the hoop.
Two Hannah Villazon free throws accounted for Forrest's other points before Sarah Wisnowski broke the goose egg with a basket for MTCS with 30 seconds remaining in the first half, making it a 22-2 ballgame.
MTCS scored four points early in the third quarter, but a Blanton 3-pointer and two late Curtis buckets gave FMS a 31-6 lead at the end of the period.
Both squads emptied the benches for the final six minutes and MTCS shutout the Lady Rockets 7-0.
The Lady Rockets will try to make it 16 wins in a row when they entertain Liberty Thursday night.
The Rockets and the Cougars played to a 2-2 first quarter tie before warming up to the task in the second period.
After an MTCS basket by Brock Culpepper opened the scoring in the second quarter, John Reasonover banged home a 3-pointer to give the Rockets a 5-4 lead.
The Cougars went to work in the low post as Hunter Batey nailed one free throw after being fouled and then scored two more points in the paint.
Two missed free throws by the Rockets was followed by an Alenic Watson basket in the low post, giving MTCS an 11-6 lead with one minute remaining in the second period.
Max Kirby scored for the Rockets and with 4.5 seconds remaining in the first half, Cole Perryman banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give FMS a 12-11 lead.
Kirby was a one-man wrecking crew in the third quarter, soaring all over the gym as he scored 10 points on two 3-pointers and a pair of flying drives to the hoop.
Reasonover added a 3-pointer and two free throws, while CJ Sanchez converted a three-point play as the Rockets opened up a 30-22 lead, entering the final six minutes of play.
The Cougars dug in for the comeback, scoring the first eight points of the fourth quarter, eventually tying the game at 30 on two free throws by Jake Howell with 3:56 remaining in the game.
A Kirby three-point play on a drive to the basket stopped the bleeding for the Rockets, but MTCS hung in, tying the game at 34-34 at the free throw line with 1:33 left.
Reasonover came up huge moments later, calmly sinking both ends of a one-and-one opportunity from the free throw line to make it 36-34 and from there, Forrest knocked down 5-of-8 down the stretch to seal the win.
Kirby led all scorers in the contest with 18 points and Reasonover broke the double figure mark with 11 points.
MTCS 0 2 4 7-13
FMS 4 18 9 0-31
MTCS-Reagan Atkins 4, Sarah Wisnowski 4, Ellie Shirley 3, Caroline Smith 2
Free throws-Atkins 0-for-2
FMS-Carissa Curtis 18, Jenna Blanton 7, Amanda Jett 4, Hannah Villazon 2
Three-point goals-Curtis, Blanton
Free throws-Villazon 2-for-2, Curtis 1-for-1, Blanton 0-for-2, Jett 0-for-2
MTCS 2 9 11 13-35
FMS 2 10 18 11-41
MTCS-Jake Howell 9, Houston Batey 9, Alenic Watson 9, Jagger Goins 4, Drew Stephen 2, Brock Culpepper 2
Free throws-Watson 5-for-12, Howell 2-for-2, Batey 1-for-2, Josh Mills 0-for-2
FMS-Max Kirby 18, John Reasonover 11, CJ Sanchez 7, Cole Perryman 5
Three-point goals-Kirby 2, Reasonover 2, Perryman
Free throws-Reasonover 5-for-6, Sanchez 5-for-7, Kirby 5-for-8, Perryman 0-for-2