Lady Rockets take care of business at Wartrace

Friday, December 22, 2017
Emma Stacey had two 3-pointers in the game for Forrest, who beat Cascade 54-28 in Wartrace Tuesday night.
Tribune Photos by Anthony S. Puca

There was a time that a Forrest/Cascade basketball game was a huge deal, but since the old District 9-A was realigned four years ago, things just aren’t the same.

On Tuesday Forrest travelled to Cascade and pummeled the Lady Champions 54-28 to pick up their third consecutive win and ninth of the season.

“Since they left our district four years ago the rivalry has gone away a bit, but it is always good to go on the road and get a ‘W’,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said.

The Lady Rockets are in a measuring mode since suffering a 65-50 loss at Summertown on December 8 and in the three wins since that defeat, Jean feels his squad has improved.

“The Summertown game showed us some things that we needed to improve on defensively and I feel like we have done those things better the last three games,” Jean said. “We just have to continue to improve every day and every game.”

Katey Harmon had 13 points to lead all scorers in the contest.

Grace Thrasher netted 10, Carissa Curtis and Ally Blanton scored 8 points apiece, Emma Stacey had 6, Jaide Langley 5, and Anna Blanton rounded out the balanced scoring attack with 4 points.

“We did have balanced scoring, but that has been the way we’ve been scoring all year,” Jean said. “We’ve had four different girls lead us in scoring with two more that have been a couple points off of being leading scorers.

“I think that having balanced scoring is what is helping us have some early success. If someone is off, we have other girls that can step up and make some shots.”

The Lady Rockets jumped on the Lady Champions early and never let up as they held a 17-4 lead after the first quarter.

Curtis had a big first quarter, scoring seven points with a 3-pointer and Ally Blanton also nailed a trey in the period as Forrest ran away and hid.

“Defensively we came out ready to play,” Jean said. “We held them to only a few points the first quarter.”

Cascade’s only field goal in the first quarter came on a 3-pointer by Grace Jackson.

“She (Jackson) hit that three when we were scrambling trying to speed them up, hoping it could get us going on offense because we struggled to score early,” Jean said.

Both teams were in a scoring lull in the second period as the Lady Rockets managed only five points, but Cascade scored one less and Forrest led 22-8 at the half.

The Lady Rockets kicked it into overdrive with a 20-point third quarter as five different players scored in the period with Harmon netting eight and Ally Blanton five, including her second 3-pointer of the game.

Anna Blanton (4) scores the final basket of the first period, giving the Lady Rockets a 17-4 lead.

“They (Ally and Anna Blanton) are getting better every night out,” Jean said. “What I like the most is their energy, they get after it on both ends of the floor and being sophomores, and they will keep improving as the year progresses.”

Thrasher scored six points in the low post in the fourth period as Forrest cruised to the road win.

The Lady Rockets have a tough test tonight when they square off versus a tough Cheatham County (9-1) squad at Chapel Hill.

“Cheatham County is a really good team,” Jean said. “We have to take care of the ball against their half-court trap.” “If we can do that we will be in the game with a chance to win.”

Jean is expecting senior Madison Curtis back for the Summertown Christmas Tournament when Forrest plays Houston County on December 28 and longtime foe Moore County on December 29.

Forrest 17 5 20 12-54

Cascade 4 4 9 11-28

Forrest (54): Katey Harmon 13, Grace Thrasher 10, Carissa Curtis 8, Ally Blanton 8, Emma Stacey 6, Jaide Langley 5, Anna Blanton 4

3-poiny Goals (6): Stacey 2, Ally Blanton 2, Harmon, Curtis

Free Throws (8-for-15): Thrasher 4-for-4, Harmon 2-for-4, Curtis 1-for-2, Langley 1-for-2, Shea Lewis 0-for-2, Stacey 0-for-1

Cascade (28): Grace Jackson 11, Ally Murdock 4, Haley Crouch 4, Kylee Freeman 3, Delaney Vaught 2, Abi Jones 2, Haleigh Crouch 2

3-point Goals (2): Jackson, Freeman

Free Throws (3-for-4): Jackson 3-for-4

Halftime Score: Forrest 22, Cascade 8