Forrest loss at Huntland sends district into chaos

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Caitlyn Yost (11) had 23 points in the Lady Rockets' 68-51 loss at Huntland Wednesday afternoon. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The depth of strength in District 9A came to fruition Wednesday in a weather related makeup game at Huntland when the Lady Hornets easily handled Forrest 68-51.

"I told them in the locker room that there are no excuses, we can name some moments in the game, but they just outplayed us," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said.

The Lady Rockets, coming off a big win over third-ranked Moore County on Tuesday, were a step slow and off their game and it cost them a loss that sends the district standings into tiebreakers for first place.

"They came out and wanted to win and we came in thinking we could just show up and win," Jean stated. "We didn't have the focus we had last night against Moore County, so we will work on that and get better."

Huntland (16-3, 5-1) Forrest (14-5, 5-1) and Moore County (14-2, 5-1) are all tied for the top spot as Forrest has beaten Moore County, while the Raiderettes beat the Lady Hornets and now the Lady Rockets' faltering in the long road trip to Franklin County.

"We have to get better at certain things defensively, they threw five guards at us and we couldn't use Grace (Thrasher) in the post," Jean said. "That's on me, so we have to find another way to guard her (Golden) and get the ball to Grace because they can't guard her."

Huntland was in a bad mood and determined, coming off a 48-42 loss at Moore County on January 3 and especially on key was senior point guard and King College signee Ali Golden who poured in 35 points, including singlehandedly outscoring Forrest 25-24 in the first half.

"She (Golden) threw 35 points up on us and that's not something that we do and we have to get that fixed," Jean said.

Caylee McLennan added 17 points for the Lady Hornets, who never trailed in the contest and led by double digits for most of the second half.

Caitlyn Yost led the Lady Rockets in scoring with 23 points, but had to sit on the bench for much of the third quarter after picking up her fourth foul with 3:14 remaining in the period.

Freshman Jaide Langley (12), who scored six points versus the Lady Hornets, looks for somebody to pass the ball to in the second half.

Yost came back to score eight points in the fourth period, but it was too little too late for the Lady Rockets, who will try to bounce back tonight when they host Fayetteville.

Kyleah Hengesbach, coming off a huge game versus Moore County was also in double figures with 14 points, but was not up to 100 percent physically.

Forrest is also celebrating 100 years of Lady Rockets' basketball and having their Homecoming ceremony at Chapel Hill tonight.

Forrest 14 11 11 17-53

Huntland 15 19 16 15-65

Forrest (53): Caitlyn Yost 23, Kyleah Hengesbach 14, Jaide Langley 6, Madison Curtis 5, Grace Thrasher 3, Stacey 2

3-point goals (3): Yost 2, Curtis

Free throws (12-for-15): Yost 5-for-5, Hengesbach 2-for-2, Curtis 2-for-2, Stacey 2-for-2, Thrasher 1-for-2, Laura Mealer 0-for-2

Huntland (65): Ali Golden 35, Caylee McLennan 17, Morgan Sims 4, Tara Cates 3, Kara Smith 3, Savannah Foster 3

3-point goals (3): Golden, Cates, McLennan

Free throws (18-for-24): Golden 8-for-11, McLennan 4-for-4, Smith 3-for-4, Sims 2-for-3, Foster 1-for-2

Halftime score: Huntland 34, Forrest 25