FMS splits basketball twin bill with MTCS

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Macyn Kirby (5), who led the Lady Rockets in scoring with 19 points, drives in for a first quarter basket.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest Middle School hosted MTCS on Monday in Chapel Hill and came away with a split as the girls beat the Lady Cougars 45-37 in a close contest before the boys lost 63-25.

Macyn Kirby led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with a game-high 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Anilee Dippold and Carli Warner had nine points apiece, Bethany Yates scored four, Meagan Mealer had three, and Jayden Coleman had a single marker.

Armancie Gillespie led the Lady Cougars with 14 points and Tenielle Baker was also in double figures with 12.

Lindsey Wisniowski and Brooklyn Pedigo scored four points apiece and Rosie Davis rounded out the scoring for MTCS with three points.

The girls game began with the two teams trading baskets before FMS reeled off nine straight points, capped off by Kirby long bomb.

The Lady Cougars responded with a 6-1 run that included a steal and score by Baker to end the first quarter with MTCS trailing 12-8.

Mealer and Gillespie traded one free throw apiece to kick off the second quarter and a Yates bucket was followed by three more points by Kirby to double up the score at 18-9 as the game went to halftime with Forrest leading 20-13.

Anilee Dippold (14) looks to make a pass as she drives to the hoop in the first half.

Dippold scored to open the second half to increase Lady Rockets’ lead to nine points, but the pesky Lady Cougars scratched and clawed their way back, cutting

Forrest’s lead to four points on two Gillespie free throws.

Kirby halted the MTCS comeback attempt with a long 3-pointer to make it 29-22 and the third quarter ended with FMS leading 30-24.

The Lady Cougars turned the ball over to start the fourth quarter and Forrest made them pay as Warner and Yates scored on back-to-back trips down the floor to make it a 10-point game.

Meagan Mealer (15) drives to the basket after stealing the ball in the second half.

Both squads played solid basketball throughout the final period with Forrest increasing its lead to as many as a dozen points on a Mealer drive to the bucket with two minutes remaining in the contest.

Davis and Gillespie hit 3-pointers down the stretch for MTCS, but it was not enough as the Lady Rockets took the eight-point win.

The Rockets fell behind right from the tipoff as MTCS scored eight points to open the contest before the Rockets finally got on the scoreboard on a Tayton Swift bucket in the paint with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter.

Keaton Curtis (22) nails a 3-pointer for the Rockets versus MTCS on Monday night in Chapel Hill.

The Cougars added five more points, including a Max Oxley 3-pointer to go up 15-2 and the only other points Forrest scored in the period were three free throws by Swift as MTCS took a 17-5 lead to second quarter.

MTCS opened up a 25-point lead at the outset of the period as they scored 13 straight as Grant Haussin, Oxley, and Devin Hill all banged home 3-pointers in the back breaking run.

A Keaton Curtis 3-pointer busted the MTCS run as Forrest scored five straight after the big MTCS run to trail by 20 points at 32-12, entering the second half.

Tayton Swift had nine points to lead the Rockets in the scoring column, including a 3-for-6 effort from the free throw line.

The Cougars tacked on a huge 31-point second half and the Rockets scored just 13 points the remainder of the contest in the 38-point loss.

Swift led the Rockets in scoring with nine points, Curtis finished with seven points, Brennon Mealer had four, Bob Ford three, and Brenton Burchell added a deuce.

MTCS had eight players in the scoring column with Hill (15) and Andrew Adams (14) notching double figures.

Ryan Meglis (20) looks for the pass to low post in the first quarter.

Oxley and Eli Wilson had eight points, Haussin six, Howell 5, Ethan Adams 4, and Eli McKamey rounded out the scoring with three points.

FMS vs. MTCS Girls

MTCS 8 5 11 13-37

FMS 12 8 10 15-45

MTCS: Armancie Gillespie 14, Tenielle Baker 12, Lindsey Wisniowski 4, Brooklyn Pedigo 4, Rosie Davis 3.

Free Throws: Baker 1-for-2, Gillespie 9-for-14.

3-point goals: Davis 1, Baker 1, Gillespie 1.

FMS: Macyn Kirby 19, Anilee Dippold 9, Carli Warner 9, Bethany Yates 4, Meagan Mealer 3, Jayden Coleman 1.

Free Throws: Kirby 8-for-13, Dippold 3-for-7, Mealer 2-for-4, Warner 1-for-4, Coleman 1-for-2.

3-point goals: Kirby 2.

FMS vs. MTCS Boys

MTCS 17 15 19 12-63

FMS 5 7 10 3-25

MTCS: Devin Hill 15, Andrew Adams 14, Max Oxley 8, Eli Wilson 8, Grant Haussin 6, Gabe Howell 5, Ethan Adams 4, Eli McKamey 3.

Free Throws: Hill 0-for-1.

3-point goals: Haussin 2, Oxley 2, Hill 1, McKamey 1, Howell 1.

FMS: Tayton Swift 9, Keaton Curtis 7, Brennon Mealer 4, Bob Ford 3, Brenton Burchell 2.

Free Throws: Swift 3-for-6, Mealer 2-for-3, Burchell 2-for-2, Ford 1-for-2.

3-point goals: Curtis 1.