Lady Rockets win big, get some help

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Before the game, the Forrest seniors from left were honored on Senior Night. Madison Curtis, Emma Stacey, Katey Harmon, Grace Thrasher, Dylan Watt, Jacob Rich, and Tucker McNair.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After getting some help from their friends from Community via a win over Nolensville, all the Forrest Lady Rockets had to do was win in Friday’s senior night special versus Murfreesboro Central Magnet and the regular season district crown was theirs.

Forrest (18-7, 8-20 blew the Lady Tigers (3-20, 0-10) out 48-25 to claim the number one seed and a first-round bye in the District 12-AA Tournament at Giles County and a Region 6-AA berth at Nolensville.

“We had to come out and win and then hope for a little luck somewhere else and Community got the win, so it helped us out a lot,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. “8-2 in this district is pretty good and it’s been a while since we won one in the regular season.”

“Our girls worked hard, they busted their butts all year long, they are a fun group to coach, and they deserve it.”

The Lady Rockets, who last won the regular season title in 2010-2011, take on the winner of Monday night’s Community/Giles County first-round game in Thursday night’s semifinals at 6 p.m. in Pulaski.

“We will enjoy the weekend off and practice an hour and half Monday and get back to work,” Jean said. “It will be a battle whoever we play, so we just have to do what we do, eliminate errors, and we will be fine.”

Shea Lewis (35) puts up a shot in Forrest’s title clinching win over Murfreesboro Central Magnet Friday night at Chapel Hill.

Carissa Curtis posted 18 points to lead all scorers in the contest, while Grace Thrasher had seven, Ally Blanton six, Laura Mealer four, Jaide Langley and Katey Harmon netted three points apiece, and Madison Curtis, Anna Blanton, and Shea Lewis all finished with two markers.

It was never really a contest as Forrest came out on fire and whipped up 10 straight points behind a Carissa Curtis 3-pointer that was followed by a steal and score by Curtis.

Thrasher nailed two free throws moments later and the spurt was finished off by an Ally Blanton three-point play the old fashioned way.

The Lady Tigers followed with their only concerted run of the contest when they outscored Forrest 11-5 the rest of the first quarter to trail 15-11 after the first eight minutes.

A Harmon three-point play to the dish at the outset of the second quarter was followed by four straight points by Thrasher and one charity toss by Madison Curtis to make it 23-11 before the Lady Tigers scored their only points in the period on a 3-pointer by Kathryn Hays.

Jaide Langley (12) gets grabbed on the way to the hoop.

Langley hit two more free throws and the first half ended on a Mealer drive to the dish to give Forrest a comfortable 27-14 halftime lead.

Carissa Curtis scored six out of the next seven points in a 7-0 Lady Rockets’ run to begin the second half to build Forrest’s lead to 20 points at 34-14 and that was all she wrote.

Central Magnet did not score again until the 2:50 mark of the period and only tallied three points in the stanza.

The Lady Rockets outscored Central Magnet 12-to-8 in the fourth quarter and when the final buzzer sounded, Forrest was champs of the newly formed district.

MCM 11 3 3 8-25

Forrest 15 12 9 12-48

MCM (25): Kathryn Hays 8, Abigail Sandman 7, Caroline Dykes 4, Olivia Guse 3, Ashley Dyer 1, Sydney Copeland 1.

Free Throws (2-for-6): Dyer 1-for-2, Copeland 1-for-2, Sarah Fisher Green 0-for-2.

3-Point goals (4): Hays 2, Guse, Sandman.

Forrest (45): Carissa Curtis 18, Grace Thrasher 7, Ally Blanton 6, Laura Mealer 4, Jaide Langley 3, Katey Harmon 3, Madison Curtis 3, Anna Blanton 2, Shea Lewis 2.

Free Throws (9-for-14): Langley 3-for-6, Thrasher 3-for-4, Madison Curtis 1-for-2, Katey Harmon 1-for-1, Ally Blanton 1-for-1.

3-Point goals (3): Carissa Curtis 2, Ally Blanton.

Halftime Score: Forrest 27, Murfreesboro Central Magnet 14.