Raiderettes snatch D9A title in rout over Forrest

Friday, February 10, 2017
Caitlyn Yost (11) soars to the hoop for two of her game-high 26 points in Forrest’s 70-46 loss at Moore County Friday night.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Since a win over Moore County in the 2011 region final at Community, the Raiderettes have dominated Forrest, beating the Lady Rockets 12-out-of-16 times, including season-ending defeats in 2013 and 2015.

The two historic rivals met again at Lynchburg Friday night with the regular season District 9A title on the line and the Raiderettes were ready with a long range aerial blitzkrieg that resulted in a 70-46 shellacking over Forrest.

“If I can sum it up in one word it would be embarrassing from top to bottom,” Forrest coach Jeremy said. “I didn’t have them ready to play and they weren’t ready to play or to defend anybody.”

The Raiderettes nailed ten 3-pointers in the contest, including three-in-a-row to start the game and five in the first quarter that ended with Forrest 14-points down, 21-7.

“They had three straight threes to start the game from people who we know are shooters,” Jean said. “Sure one was banked in, but they were still all open.”

Forrest eighth-grader Laura Mealer (23) puts a move on Moore County’s Faith Cauble (21).

Chapel Hill had no answer for Moore County’s Kinsley Logan, who led the Raiderettes in the scoring column with 20 points and had three of the first quarter long bombs and one more in the second period.

“Moore County shot the ball well tonight, but it’s not that hard when you’re wide open,” Jean said.

By halftime, Forrest was in a hole they did not dig out of, trailing 37-19.

“Moore County came out and basically hit us in the face and made us like it,” Jean said. “They all know it was embarrassing, so hopefully we can shake this off and forget about it.”

Katie Thomas (16 pts.) joined Logan in the long range attack, also converting four 3-pointers in the contest with two coming in third quarter as the Raiderettes led by as many as 26 points in the period.

Moore County outscored Forrest 20-15 in the fourth quarter, winning by 24 points which is the largest margin of victory for either team since a 60-20 win by the Raiderettes in 2013.

Forrest’s Caitlyn Yost turned in a valiant effort at Lynchburg, pouring in a game-high 26 points, while Moore County standout Kursten Hawkins had only seven points, but was instrumental in the win, guiding the Raiderettes to the district title.

Hawkins talked about the big game, saying, “I think they overlooked us a little bit because they beat us by 12 points and we didn’t put up much of a fight in the first game.”

“They kind of sat back in the middle and waited for me to drive and waited for Katie to drive,” Hawkins added. “But Kinsley and Katie and Taylor and Mika came out and made their threes and that was the big part of the game, making our shots.”

The Raiderettes’ junior scored her 2,000th career point in the contest and said about her special night, “It was so exciting, I was ecstatic because I knew it was going to be a hard game and I didn’t want to get my ball if we weren’t going to win. It would have taken all the fun out of it, but we won and everybody was so excited, so it was great.”

Forrest freshman Ally Blanton (20) had the only 3-pointer for Forrest in the contest.

No other Lady Rocket had more than five points in the defeat.

Moore County (20-2, 11-1) and Forrest (21-6, 10-2) earned Region 5A Tournament berths and a first round bye in the District 9A Tournament at Huntland with their one-two finish in the final regular season district standings.

Moore County has non-conference games left versus Culleoka and Cascade, while Forrest finished up the regular slate with non-conference Perry County in Senior Night ceremonies last night at Chapel Hill.

“Being one or two in our district is key because you get a bye in the region and don’t have to worry about that 3-6 game or 4-5 game in the district tournament,” Jean said. “We have played pretty well all season long except for tonight, so we have to get this one out of us and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

Both squads will be back in action on Thursday, February 16 in district tournament semifinal games at Huntland with the Moore County playing at 6 p.m., followed by the Lady Rockets.

“I think we will meet them (Forrest) in the championship game.” Hawkins said. “They will know more of kind of what we are doing, so we have to put some new plays in to mix up things before then.”

Forrest 7 12 12 15-46

Moore County 21 16 13 20-70

Forrest (46): Caitlyn Yost 26, Grace Thrasher 5, Kyleah Hengesbach 4, Laura Mealer 4, Jaide Langley 3, Ally Blanton 3, Tamia Northcutt 1

3-point goals (1): Blanton

Free throws (16-for-22): Yost 7-for-7, Hengesbach 4-for-6, Langley 3-for-4, Northcutt 1-for-2, Thrasher 1-for-2, Mealer 0-for-1

Moore County (70): Kinsley Logan 20, Katie Thomas 16, Chrissy Lockhart 8, Mika Rainey 7, Kursten Hawkins 7, Kynleigh Fanning 4, Taylor Holcomb 3, Grace Cauble 3, Delaney Hart 2

3-point goals (10): Logan 4, Thomas 4, Holcomb, Rainey

Free throws (12-for-14): Logan 4-for-4, Hawkins 3-for-4, Hart 2-for-2, Fanning 2-for-2, Cauble 1-for-2

Halftime score: Moore County 37, Forrest 19