Nolensville routs cold Lady Rockets on home floor

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Carissa Curtis takes the rock strong to the hole against Nolensville center Zoe Pillar.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The up and down Forrest Lady Rockets took another step on the downward side Thursday night at Chapel Hill as the Nolensville Lady Knights won a District 12-AA contest in dominating fashion, 51-36.

Forrest had one its poorest offensive showings of the season, scoring a measly 18 points in the first three quarters as they trailed by 18 points at halftime and the game was over after three periods.

“We couldn’t get the ball to go in,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. “We took some good shots, but they just wouldn’t fall the first three quarters.”

Carissa Curtis was the only Forrest player in double figures with 14 points and a solid 7-for-8 effort from the free throw line.

Anna Blanton and Jaide Langley scored seven points apiece, Ally Blanton netted six, and Katey Harmon scored two.

Forrest’s Grace Thrasher was held scoreless in the low post, while her counterpart in the blocks Zoe Pillar scored 13 points.

“We did struggle in the paint last night, layups or post moves,” Jean said. “But we struggled last night from everywhere.”

“And the more we missed the worst it became. The more outside shots we missed the more that Nolensville was able to pack it in and dare us to shoot.”

Lady Knight Grace Baird led all scorers in the contest with 20 points.

“They (Nolensville) are long,” Jean stated. “They were able to contest shots that others teams haven’t been able to. To score on them, we have to execute to perfection.”

Ally Blanton (20) comes up with a steal and heads to the hoop where she was fouled.

The Lady Rockets actually started the game in solid form as Ally Blanton converted on a fast break layup to open the scoring and after Baird scored off a steal, Curtis hit one free throw and Harmon notched her only two points in the game from the foul line.

Langley came up with a field goal to make it 7-2, but from there things went downhill as Nolensville went on a 10-2 run to end the period leading 12-9.

One Baird free throw was followed by two from Curtis before the Lady Knights pulled away via a 9-0 run, capped off by a Sydney Mickulin 3-pointer as Forrest went ice cold from the field.

Curtis posted Forrest’s lone field of the period and hit two more free throws, but it wasn’t enough as a Baird 3-pointer ended the first half scoring with Nolensville holding a 23-15 lead.

Anna Blanton (4) scores on a fourth quarter rebound and put-back for the Lady Rockets.

The third quarter was a disaster for Forrest and signaled the end as Nolensville scored 12 points in the period while the Lady Rockets managed just three points with Langley hitting the only field goal and the hometown girls were mired in a 17-point deficit they did not overcome.

Forrest (10-6, 1-1) has plenty of time to turn things around with six district games in a row, beginning yesterday versus Marshall County (13-3, 1-1).

“Tuesday is a big games with both teams sitting at 1-1,” Jean said. “The only difference is they are coming off a win and we aren’t. We just have to focus on the task at hand and take care of the little things.”

The Marshall County/Forrest game has been rescheduled for Monday, January 22 at Chapel Hill.

After that, the Lady Rockets travel for five straight games to Community (10-6, 1-1) on Friday night, Murfreesboro Central Magnet (3-12, 0-2) on Tuesday, followed by road games at Giles County (6-8, 0-1) and Nolensville (13-4, 2-0).

“They’ve bounced back before,” Jean added. “We just have to start stringing together some good games.”

The long road trip winds up at Lewisburg on February 2.

Nolensville 12 11 12 16-51

Forrest 9 6 3 18-36

Nolensville (51): Grace Baird 20, Zoe Pillar 13, Sydney Mickulin 6, Halli Finnell 4, Caymin Ladd 4, Parker Leftwich 2, Izzy Phillips 2.

3-Points Goals (2): Baird, Mickulin.

Free Throws (9-for-17): Baird 3-for-8, Mickulin 3-for-4, Phillips 2-for-2, Pillar 1-for-3.

Forrest (36): Carissa Curtis 14, Anna Blanton 7, Jaide Langley 7, Ally Blanton 6, Katey Harmon 2.

3-Point Goals (1): Curtis.

Free Throws (11-for-16): Curtis 7-for-8, Harmon 2-for-2, Anna Blanton 1-for-2, Langley 1-for-2, Ally Blanton 0-for-2.

Halftime Score: Nolensville 33, Forrest 15.