Lady Rockets roll over Lewis County

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Forrest’s Sydney Hill, who scored 12 points in the paint, runs out before the game versus Lewis County Monday night at Chapel Hill.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets (8-1) had to shake off some rust from a 10-day layoff before rolling over the Lewis County Lady Panthers 62-38 Monday night at Chapel Hill.

“They came out early and punched us in the nose and got us off balance and we took it,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. “They are a really good team and have some good pieces.”

“In the first half we didn’t defend like we are capable of defending, but the second half we did and in the end we just kept grinding and we pulled one out.”

Forrest’s game with Houston County that was scheduled for last Thursday was cancelled due to illness in the Lady Irish camp.

The Lady Panthers came out with the hot hand on Monday as they nailed three, first quarter 3-pointers, including a pair by Sailor Selby, who ended up with a team-high 15 points and four long bombs.

Selby’s second 3-pointer gave Lewis County a 13-12 lead before a Sydney Hill three-point play the old-fashioned way edged Forrest up by two points.

A Kendall Tharp buzzer-beater tied the game at 15.

Laura Mealer steals the ball and gets ready to go in for a layup in the Lady Rockets’ 62-38 win.

After a Laura Mealer steal and score kicked off the second period for Forrest, Lewis County went on a 7-0 run to take the lead and they held it for most of the stanza with the Lady Rockets tying the game once on two late free throw by Curtis.

Selby hit one of two from the free throw line with just a few seconds remaining in the first half to give the Lady Panthers a 29-28 lead at the intermission.

Curtis and Hailey Bowen traded baskets to start the second half and Forrest’s dismantling of the Lady Panthers began as Curtis scored on a pretty backdoor play.

“We want to come out in third quarter and win the first four minutes and we came out tonight and won that first four in a good way,” Jean said. “I told them when you have someone down you keep pounding and they did.”

An offensive foul on Tharp led to an Ally Blanton score in the paint on a rebound and lay-in before Lewis County scored its last two points of the third quarter.

Hill made it a 36-33 contest and then Blanton found Hill over the top for a score and a five-point Forrest lead.

Blanton was everywhere as she made two free throws after grabbing another rebound and the third period ended on a Curtis steal and score as the Lady Rockets took a 42-33 lead to the final eight minutes.

Jaide Langley gave Forrest a double digit lead off of another pretty back door dish and Hill added some grit when she converted another three-point play in the paint.

“The communication has been really good,” Jean said. “They are repeating what I’m saying, they are saying things, they are talking about backdoor scores and it happens, so they are seeing the game instead of just playing the game and it’s paying off now.”

Carissa Curtis had 19 points and two 3-pointers versus the Lady Panthers.

The Lady Rockets put the game away as they usually do, on the defensive end as Curtis stole the rock and went coast-to-coast for the score and moments later, the Lady Panthers lost their patience.

A technical foul led to one made free throw by Langley that extended Forrest’s lead to 20-points at 53-33 before Selby hit her final 3-pointer of the night, but it was too little too late for the Lady Panthers (6-4) as they were swept back to Hohenwald.

Forrest travelled to Cascade (9-2) on Tuesday and has games versus Lakeside Christian School, Oakland (9-2), and Riverside Christian Academy at the BSN Christmas Tournament at Coffee County High School in Manchester, beginning tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

“The biggest game of the year is the next game and tomorrow night it’s Cascade, so we will do what it takes to win and play the way it takes to win,” Jean said.

Lewis County 15 14 4 5-38

Forrest 15 13 14 20-62

Lewis County (38): Sailor Selby 15, Breanna Porachter 11, Hailey Bowen 6, Kendall Tharp 4, Kaylie Webb 2.

Three-point goals (5): Selby 4, Porachter 1.

Free Throws (9-for-12): Bowen 4-for-4, Selby 3-for-4, Porachter 2-for-2, Chloe Lay 0-for-2.

Forrest (62): Carissa Curtis 19, Sydney Hill 12, Ally Blanton 11, Jaide Langley 10, Laura Mealer 6, Rian Lewis 2, Addison Bunty 2.

Three-point goals (3): Curtis 2, Langley 1.

Free Throws (7-for-11): Blanton 3-for-4, Hill 2-for-2, Curtis 1-for-2, Langley 1-for-1, Mealer 0-for-2.

Halftime Score: Lewis County 29, Forrest 28.

Next Game: Thursday, December 20, Lakeway Christian, BSN Christmas Tournament at Coffee County, 8 p.m.