Rockets bounce back versus Vikings

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Sam Ford pulls up for a jumper and two of his eight points versus Perry County Saturday night at Forrest.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After a tough loss at Marshall County on Friday night, the resilient Forrest Rockets bounced back with a 50-46 win over Perry County in Saturday night’s Homecoming matchup at Chapel Hill.

“That was a great effort by the boys tonight,” Forrest coach Randy Toombs said. “Perry County ain’t no slouch, they will come in here and play you hard.”

The Rockets just missed pulling off another comeback at Lewisburg Friday night and it was not easy getting back up for the struggling Vikings, who had lost five out of their last six games.

A big first quarter catapulted Forrest to big lead that would eventually shrink by the end of the game, but the Rockets held on for the non-region win.

“It was nice to see the boys fight, see them get the lead, fight to keep the lead and make them (Perry County) push,” Toombs said.

After starting the season at 4-12, the Rockets have won seven out of their last nine games to move to 11-14 and have a good chance to even the season record by the end of the campaign.

Forrest scored 20 points in the first quarter Saturday night, including 10 points by Ryley McClaran, who did not score another field goal after the first eight minutes, but still led all scorers in the game with 14 points.

Spencer McCown tries to take his man off the dribble in Forrest’s 50-46 win over Perry County.

The Rockets had a well-balanced scoring attack as Ty Hengesbach joined McClaran in double figures with 11 points, Jacob Rich had 9, Sam Ford 8, Cameron Curtis 4, and Spencer McCown and Mitchell Everette had two markers apiece.

“It was a total team effort tonight without a doubt,” Toombs said.

Perry County scored the first seven points of the second quarter to cut the Forrest lead to six points before the Rockets responded with a 5-0 run to take a 25-14 lead behind a Ford jumper and three free throws by McClaran.

Forest led 28-20 at the half and the beginning of the third quarter was a long bomb special as Perry County’s Tyler Dudley drained a pair and his teammate Maclaine Pevahouse had one trey.

Forrest answered with 3-pointers by Hengesbach and Rich to maintain a 37-29 lead.

A single free throw by Jackson Tatum made it a 37-30 ballgame, but the Vikings did not score again as Hengesbach found Curtis on the run for a layup and the final two points of the game to secure the win for the Rockets.

Forrest beat Community (10-15, 1-8) last night and hosts Murfreesboro Central Magnet (15-12, 5-4) on Friday.

The Rockets and the Marshall County Tigers came into Tuesday night’s game in a dead heat for first place in the district standings at 6-2.

“We need to take it one game at a time like you always hear it out of people,” Toombs. “We are in charge of our own destiny, so that is good.”

The Tigers (18-8, 6-3) lost to Nolensville (12-12, 6-3) last night and entertain Giles County (5-15, 2-7) in Friday night’s regular season finale.

Perry County 7 13 10 16-46

Forrest 20 8 11 11-50

Perry County (46): Jackson Tatum 11, Brock Young 10, Jordan Barber 8, Tyler Dudley 6, Jackson Moore 5, Maclaine Pevahouse 3, Hunter Trull 3.

Free Throws (10-for-17): Tatum 5-for-7, Jackson Moore 3-for-4, Brock Young 1-for-2, Trull 1-for-2, Pevahouse 0-for-2.

3-Point Goals (6): Young 3, Dudley 2, Pevahouse.

Forrest (50): Ryley McClaran 14, Ty Hengesbach 11, Jacob Rich 9, Sam Ford 8, Cameron Curtis 4, Spencer McCown 2, Mitchell Everette 2.

3-Point Goals (6): McClaran 2, Hengesbach 2, Curtis, Rich.

Halftime Score: Forrest 28, Perry County 20.