Rockets skid continues in home loss
The Forrest Rockets came into Tuesday night’s home game versus Murfreesboro Central Magnet School (MCM) mired in a three-game District 12-AA losing streak, while the Tigers rode a two-game league winning streak into Chapel Hill.
After a good first half in which the Rockets led twice and were tied several times, a second half sputter led to a 43-33 loss.
“What a night, our defense showed up, but without the scoring we are capable of,” Forrest coach Randy Toombs said. “Just going to go back to work on our shooting and hope we get back to the offensive team I know we can be at some point.”
Forrest did not have anyone in double figures in the scoring column as Mitchell Everett led the Rockets with eight points, Sam Ford scored seven, Ty Hengesbach had six, Lofton Yeager five, Cameron Curtis added four, and Martin Stewart tallied three points.
“Everett and Yeager had great minutes and we will continue to use them in the same way,” Toombs said.
Steph Laird scored 24 points for the Tigers, including one 3-pointer and the MCM senior went 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
Two Hengesbach first-quarter 3-pointers put Forrest in front 6-3 early before a pair of Jayden Hernandez steals buoyed a 6-2 MCM run that gave the Tigers a 9-8 lead after the first period.
The Rockets hung tough as they tied the game at 12 on a Stewart bucket in the paint and a couple of possessions later, Lofton Yeager buried a 3-pointer to give Forrest a 15-13 lead.
The Tigers scored four straight points to edge ahead again, but two Yeager free throws re-knotted the game at 17.
A Ford basket, sandwiched between two Laird baskets in the paint gave the Tigers a 21-19 halftime lead.
Everett scored a tough bucket in the low post to kick off the second half before a Laird 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 MCM run and a 29-21 lead.
Laird outscored the Rockets 10-7 in the third quarter, putting Forrest in a 37-26 hole, entering the fourth quarter.
A Curtis basket midway through the final period cut the MCM lead to seven points and the Rockets had a chance to slice the deficit to five points, but missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity from the free throw line and from there, the Tigers put the home team away to claim the 10-point district win.
“Right now it's going to be rough with four straight losses but we don't have any other option,” Toombs said. “The biggest plus is, we are at home for most of the district schedule and that has to be a plus. We just have to go back to work.”
MCM 9 12 12 10-43
FHS 8 11 7 7-33
MCM (43): Steph Laird 24, Patrick Norman 8, Jayden Hernandez 5, Gage Swanson 2, Will Carver 2, Jack Smith 2.
3-Point Goals (1): Laird.
Free Throws (12-for-23): Norman 4-for-11, Laird 3-for-4, Hernandez 1-for-4, Swanson 2-for-2, Carver 2-for-2.
FHS (33): Mitchell Everett 8, Sam Ford 7, Ty Hengesbach 6, Lofton Yeager 5, Cameron Curtis 4, Martin Stewart 3.
3-Point Goals (3): Hengesbach 2, Yeager.
Free Throws (7-for-13): Ford 2-for-5, Everett 2-for-2, Yeager 2-for-2, Stewart 1-for-4.
Halftime Score: Murfreesboro Central Magnet School 21, Forrest 19.
District 12-AA Standings
Nolensville (12-9, 4-1)
Marshall County (10-11, 4-1)
MCM (14-7, 3-2)
Community (14-8, 3-2)
Forrest (5-16, 1-4)
Giles County (3-13, 0-5)