Nolensville routs Rockets in district tilt
After a big win at Giles County to open district play, the Forrest Rockets stumbled at Nolensville Friday night as the Knights won in a blowout 69-37.
“Wasn't much of a productive night for our guys,” Forrest coach Randy Toombs said. “Couldn't seem to get into the flow of the game and we didn't match baskets so it got us down early.”
Sam Ford led the Rockets with 14 points and was the only Forrest player in double figures in the scoring column.
Ty Hengesbach had six points, Spencer McCown and Hunter Bennett scored five points apiece, Cameron Curtis netted four, Cole Perryman had two made free throws, and Martin Stewart had one marker.
The Knights had 11 players in the scorebook with Zach Campbell leading the way with 18 points and Nate Bledsoe was also in double figures with 13.
Jayden Watkins scored eight, Reese Gilbert seven, Davin Watkins six, Riley Byron netted five, Hudson Stromen and Brayden Rose had three points apiece, and Nathan Foutch, Keidron Batey, and Chris Rooney all tallied a deuce.
After a Hengesbach score made it 9-5 in favor of Nolensville early in the first quarter, things started to get away from the Rockets as they trailed 19-7 after the first quarter.
The turnover bug hit Forrest in the second quarter and the Knights took advantage as they poured in 23 points in the period and led 42-15 at the half.
Nolensville increased the margin in the third quarter as the Rockets still did not score in double figures in the period.
The reserves played for both teams for much of the fourth period as Hunter Bennett scored five points in the fourth quarter for Forrest, including a 3-pointer and Cole Perryman had two made free throws for the Rockets.
The Rockets (5-13, 1-1) will have a chance for revenge when they host the Knights (10-8, 2-0) on Tuesday, January 29.
“We just need to get back to Rocket ball doing what we do well,” Toombs said. “We will get another chance at them.”
Forrest traveled to Lewisburg last night to take on the Marshall County Tigers, who won big at Murfreesboro Central Magnet on Friday behind 53 points by KJ Johnson.
“We have to take care of the ball, defend, and rebound and we should be in good shape versus Marshall,” Toombs said. “They have the same firepower on offense in KJ, just try and keep him in front and rebound.”
The Tigers won two out of three versus Forrest last season, including a 77-64 win in the district tournament semifinals at Nolensville.
“We are excited about heading down the road to Lewisburg,” Toombs said. “It’s gonna be another great in-county matchup.”
Forrest 7 9 8 13-37
Nolensville 19 23 13 14-69
Forrest (37): Sam Ford 14, Ty Hengesbach 6, Spencer McCown 5, Hunter Bennett 5, Cameron Curtis 4, Cole Perryman 2, Martin Stewart 1.
3-Point Goals (1): Bennett.
Free Throws (8-for-11): Ford 4-for-4, Perryman 2-for-2, McCown 1-for-2, Stewart 1-for-2, Curtis 0-for-1.
Nolensville (69): Zach Campbell 18, Nate Bledsoe 13, Jayden Watkins 8, Reese Gilbert 7, Davin Watkins 6, Riley Byron 5, Hudson Stromen 3, Brayden Rose 3, Nathan Foutch 2, Keidron Batey 2, Chris Rooney 2.
3-Point Goals (4): Gilbert 2, Campbell 1, Davin Watkins 1.
Free Throws (14-for-26): Campbell 3-for-6, Byron 3-for-4, Jayden Watkins 2-for-4, Rose 1-for-3, Davin Watkins 3-for-3, Bledsoe 1-for-2, Stromen 1-for-1, Trey Coats 0-for-2, Bailey 0-for-1.
Halftime Score: Nolensville 42, Forrest 15.