Lady Rockets get revenge on Perry County

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The 2017 Forrest Basketball Homecoming Court.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

It was a long wait, but the Forrest Lady Rockets got some measure of revenge in Saturday’s Homecoming game at Chapel Hill, beating Perry County 43-34 in a non-region matchup.

“I thought we played well the whole game,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. “We were a little flat coming out of the gate, but I think that is because we had two emotional games this week already.”

“We had the two-point loss to Nolensville, which we should have won and the come from behind, grind it out game with Marshall County.”

The Lady Vikings knocked Forrest from the postseason last year when they came to Chapel Hill and beat the Lady Rockets by one point as guard Chynia Brooks poured in 44 points.

This time Brooks had 18 points and still led all scorers the contest, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Forrest prevailed 43-34.

“It was especially nice to hold their best player (Brooks) to 6-for-20 shooting and 14 points from the floor,” Jean said. “The girls have had this game on their mind for a while. It was nice to get the ‘W’ and get it out of the way so we can focus on the next game.”

Grace Thrasher scored a team-high 17 points for the Lady Rockets in their 43-34 win over Perry County Saturday night.

Grace Thrasher led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with 17 points, including four in the first quarter as Forrest jumped out to an early 10-4 lead.

Thrasher’s senior classmate Katey Harmon also tallied four points in the first period of the homecoming contest for the Lady Rockets, who finish up the District 12-AA regular season slate this week with two homes games versus Community last night and Murfreesboro Central Magnet on Friday.

“I think we have as good of chance as we can hope for to make a run,” Jean said. “We are continuing to improve at some point of our game each night. This is the first team in a while that we've had to do that this late in the season.”

“We have the parts to make it happen, we just have to go out there and get it done.”

Brooks scored to kick off the second period, but it was her last field goal of the first half as Forrest threw everyone at her.

Meanwhile, an Ally Blanton drive to the hoop followed by a Jaide Langley 3-pointer upped the Lady Rockets lead to 15-6 and a Carissa Curtis free throw made it a 10-point game.

Jaycie Roberts scored a pair of baskets for the Lady Vikings, sandwiched around a 3-pointer by the suddenly hot Madison Curtis and Forrest took a 19-10 lead to the locker room.

Six points by Thrasher in the third quarter helped Forrest keep the Lady Vikings at bay and maintained the 10-point lead at 27-17, entering the fourth quarter.

Thrasher and Roberts traded buckets to start the final eight minutes and after one Brooks’ free throw, Thrasher rained home a 3-pointer to give Forrest a 12-point lead.

Ally Blanton decided enough was enough and put the Lady Vikings away with a drive to the dish and a free throw moments later to make it 37-20.

Katey Harmon comes up with a steal and score for the Lady Rockets.

Although Brooks hit her only two 3-pointers in the game down the stretch, the Lady Rockets had too much and prevailed by the nine point margin.

“Defensively we have held five of our last six opponents to 36 points or less,” Jean stated. “If we can do that every game, we have a great chance to win that game.”

Forrest (16-7, 6-2) went 2-1 last week with the only setback coming in a two-point loss at first place Nolensville (18-5, 7-1) on Tuesday.

“We had three games this week decided in single digits,” Jean said. “We had had only two before this week, so having to grind out wins like that will help come tourney time.”

Perry County 4 6 7 17-34

Forrest 10 9 8 16-43

Perry County (30): Chynia Brooks 18, Jaycie Roberts 10, Makayla Thornton 4, Andrea Bradford 2.

Free Throws (6-for-10): Brooks 4-for-6, Thornton 2-for-2, Winter Casrill 0-for-2.

3-Point Goals (2): Brooks 2.

Forrest (43): Grace Thrasher 17, Ally Blanton 9, Carissa Curtis 7, Katey Harmon 4, Jaide Langley 3, Madison Curtis 3.

Free Throws (4-for-8): Ally Blanton 3-for-4, Carissa Curtis 1-for-2, Harmon 0-for-2.

3-Point Goals (3): Langley, Madison Curtis, Thrasher.

Halftime Score: Forrest 19, Perry County 10.