Lady Rockets get back to winning ways

Friday, January 25, 2019
Forrest’s Anna Blanton runs out before scoring five points in the District 12-AA win over the Lady Tigers.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

After three consecutive District 12-AA losses, the Forrest Lady Rockets got a win and some confidence back as they took care of business Tuesday night at Chapel Hill with a 37-25 victory over Murfreesboro Central Magnet School (MCM).

“The girls played hard, we did what we wanted to do defensively again tonight, I thought we played pretty good,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. “That’s three games in a row defensively we played good enough to win and tonight we got that win.”

It wasn’t pretty, but the coast-to-coast win kept the Lady Rockets in the hunt for one of the two top spots in the upcoming district tournament that will be held at Chapel Hill.

“We got the win,” Jean said. “I told the kids that you have to keep shooting because the lid eventually is going to come off the rim for us.”

“We are taking good shots, they just aren’t falling, we are attacking the glass and doing the things we have to do on offense, they just aren’t going in.”

Forrest (13-8, 2-3) is currently in fourth place in the league table, but play three more home games versus Giles County (5-8, 1-4), Nolensville (15-6, 4-1), and Marshall County (18-4, 4-1) in succession before hitting the road again for their final two district tilts at Community (14-6, 4-1) and at MCM (0-15, 0-5).

“We have to be playing our best ball right now,” Jean said. “Until next Friday when Marshall comes in to here, we want to get back to where we were in early December when we were playing well and then peak at tournament time.”

Community, Nolensville, and Marshall County are tied for first place with the tiebreaker currently undecided as Community beat Nolensville, Nolensville beat Marshall County, and Marshall County beat Community. Keep tuned.

The Viqueens travel to Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg tonight in a huge game that could have major implications for both squads.

The Lady Rockets jumped out to an early 5-0 lead Tuesday night versus MCM as Ally Blanton scored on a layup and after a Sydney Hill steal, Carissa Curtis nailed a 3-pointer.

The Forrest defense held the Lady Tigers to just four points in the period and it was a good thing because Chapel Hill did not score again until the next to the last possession of the first quarter on another Ally Blanton bucket via a rebound and put-back.

MCM came back to tie the game at 8-8 on a Kaitlin Polly 3-pointer that forced a Forrest timeout with 6:12 remaining in the second quarter.

Jaide Langley scored on back-to-back trips down the floor for Forrest before Molly Kate Anderson banged home a 3-pointer for the Lady Tigers to cut the Lady Rockets’ lead to one point at 12-11.

Curtis game up huge over the next several minutes, scoring a basket on a pull-up jumper, feeding Langley for an easy score on an inbound pass under the Forrest basket, and drilling a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to cap off a 7-0 run and put Chapel Hill in front 19-11 at the half.

Forrest’s Jaide Langley (12) drains a 3-pointer in the third quarter to give the Lady Rockets a 24-15 lead in Tuesday night’s 37-25 win over Murfreesboro Central Magnet School.

The Lady Tigers made a 4-2 mini-run to start the third quarter, cutting the Forrest lead to 21-15 before Langley nailed a three-bomb.

The Forrest defense stepped it up, giving up one more MCM basket remainder of the period, while the offense scored three points on one Curtis free throw and an Anna Blanton bucket on a drive to the rack.

The Lady Rockets took a 10-point margin to the fourth quarter and built the lead to 16 points at 35-19 with two minutes to go in the game on the back of Curtis, who scored six points, complemented by a Sydney Hill bucket in the paint.

Curtis led all scorers in the game with 15 points, while Langley had nine, Anna Blanton five, Ally Blanton four, and Hill added four points and looked better on her injured ankle.

“Sydney did have a little spring back in her step tonight,” Jean said. “It’s one of those things where our injuries come at inopportune times, so when we get them all back all healthy we will be ok.”

Laura Mealer dressed, but did not play.

MCM 4 7 6 8-25

FHS 7 12 8 10-37

MCM (25): Kaitlin Polly 9, Kathryn Hays 7, Sydney Copeland 5, Molly Kate Anderson 3, Grace Beane 1.

3-Point Goals (3): Hayes, Anderson, Polly.

Free Throws (6-for-11): Copeland 3-for-4, Hayes 2-for-3, Beane 1-for-2, Polly 0-for-2.

FHS (37): Carissa Curtis 15, Jaide Langley 9, Anna Blanton 5, Ally Blanton 4, Sydney Hill 4.

3-Point Goals (2): Curtis, Langley.

Free Throws (2-for-4): Anna Blanton 1-for-2, Curtis 1-for-2.

Halftime Score: Forrest 19, Murfreesboro Central Magnet School 25.