FMS Lady Rockets work hard to stay unbeaten
The FMS Lady Rockets made easy work of the Community Viqueens at Unionville on November 1, winning by 25 points.
On Tuesday at Chapel Hill the two squads met for the rematch and this time the Viqueens gave FMS all they had, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Rockets took a hard-earned 40-28 victory to remain undefeated at 17-0 on the season.
"I think we all think about it, but on the day of the game we don't talk about it," FMS coach David Junkins said. "I've been very blessed with a lot of talent on this team, a lot of hustle, kids that are working their butts off and it has paid off for us."
The defending Duck River Valley Conference champs can post an undefeated regular season with a win over Cascade Thursday night at Forrest.
"We have Cascade on Thursday night, who has gave us the closest game of the year so far this season," Junkins said. "Then we have to go over to play the tournament at their place after the first round and we want to repeat as Duck River Valley champs."
FMS' three-headed scoring monster in Jenna Blanton, Carissa Curtis and Angela Jett have been hurting opposing teams all season and Community decided to try take away Curtis via a box and one defensive strategy that worked as Curtis was held to eight points in the contest.
"They box and one frustrated us early, especially with Carissa," Junkins said. "But Jenna put hers in and Angela put hers in, so I thinks teams will have to stop all three of them if they are going to be successful and that will be hard to do on most nights."
Blanton and Jett took advantage, combining for 27 points in the game as Blanton led all scorers in the game with 15 points and Jett scored 12.
Curtis scored to open the contest and moments later, Blanton banged home a 3-pointer to make it 5-0.
The FMS defense held Community scoreless and Blanton made it an 8-0 contest with a three-point play the old fashioned way before the Viqueens finally got on the board via a Titianna Eady bucket in the paint with 1:40 remaining in the first period.
Jett came up with her first two points of the game with a basket in the low post before Forrest came up with back-to-back steals and scores by Blanton and Curtis to open up a 10-point lead.
Halli Smith broke the Forrest run with a bucket, but a layup by Blanton reopened the 10-point lead at 14-4 at the end of the first period.
Blanton scored to open the second period that saw the Lady Rockets go up by 14 points on a Cassidy Stewart bucket midway through the quarter.
Community came up with a 7-0 run that included two baskets from Eady and a 3-pointer by Addison Brooks, cutting the FMS lead to 21-14, but a Curtis steal and score staved off the Viqueens' run to end the first half.
Jett did heavy damage in the in the third period, accounting for all 10 points for Forrest by scoring six points in the low post and four more in the transition game as the Lady Rockets opened up a 13-point lead, entering the fourth quarter.
After a Viqueens' basket at the outset of the final period, Curtis rained home a 3-pointer, but Community fought back again, going on a 6-0 run, cutting the FMS lead to seven points at 35-28 with two minutes remaining in the game.
The Lady Rockets turned the ball over, but Daughrity, who played superb defense all night, stole the ball and converted a three-point play after being fouled.
"Right there at the end of the game they had scored several points in a row and I called a timeout and told them to stop settling for jump shots and quit settling for three's and lets go to the hole and get after it," Junkins said. "Karley Daughrity stepped up and got a steal, got a layup, got another steal and went to the free throw line and finished off the game good for us."
The Daughrity steal took the wind out the Lady Vikings' sails as they threw up a brick at the other end before Daughrity scored again to finish off all scoring in the 12-point win for FMS.
"Community is a good team and they are well-coached," Junkins said. "They came out and gave us a nice game tonight and they are fun games to coach."
Community 4 10 6 8-28
Forrest 14 9 10 7-40
Community-Jesa Moore 9, Tatianna Eady 9, Halli Smith 6, Addison Brothers 3, MJ Simmons 1
Three-point goals-Brothers, Moore
Free throws-Simmons 1-for-2, Eady 1-for-1
Forrest-Jenna Blanton 15, Angela Jett 12, Carissa Curtis 8, Karley Daughrity 3, Cassidy Stewart 2
Three-point goals-Blanton 2
Free throws-Blanton 1-for-1, Daughrity 1-for-2
Halftime score-FMS 23, Community 14
Next game-Thursday, December 8 vs. Cascade, 6 p.m.