Viqueens handle Forrest in D12-AA consolation game

Friday, February 22, 2019
The 2018-2019 District 12-AA All-Season Team from left are, Grace Baird (Nolensville-MVP), Sydney Mickulin (Nolensville), Parker Leftwich (Nolensville), Zoe Piller (Nolensville), Kelsey Keiler (Marshall County), Demariae Ingram (Marshall County), Carissa Curtis (Forrest), Anna Katherine Lemmons (Community), Gracie Simmons (Community), and Natalie Anderson (MCM).
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets lost 56-40 to the Community Viqueens in the District 12-AA Tournament consolation game on Monday, sending them on a long road trip to meet the District 11-AA champion Stewart County Lady Rebels in Friday night’s Region 5-AA Tournament opening round satellite contest.

“I expect my team to go to Stewart County and play hard, compete, and execute like we are capable of doing,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. “If we do those things, we have a chance to get the win.”

Forrest has been beset with injuries for most of the season and they are continuing to mount.

Junior Jaide Langley suffered a stress fracture in her foot in Monday night’s game and will miss the rest of the season.

The 2018-2019 District 12-AA All-Academic Team from left are, Julia Nighan (Nolensville), Clarissa Gadsey (Nolensville), Kimberlyn Greer (Marshall County), Anna Katherine Lemmons (Community), Gracie Simmons (Community), and Logan Brothers (Community).

Langley gutted out the game and led Forrest in the scoring column with 20 points.

Ally and Anna Blanton played with flulike symptoms for much of the district tournament, leading scorer Carissa Curtis is out for the season with a knee injury, Laura Mealer has been hurt and sick, and Addison Bunty is out with a high ankle sprain.

“Something that we have always done here is try to instill the next man up mentality,” Jean said. “When someone goes down, we have someone ready to step up and play and that is what I expect from here on out.”

The 2018-2019 District 12-AA All-Tournament Team from left are, Sydney Mickulin (Nolensville-MVP), Parker Leftwich (Nolensville), Grace Baird (Nolensville), Demariae Ingram (Marshall County), Kelsey Keiler (Marshall County), Anna Katherine Lemmons (Community), and Gracie Simmons (Community).

A Mealer three-point play on a drive to the hoop started the game before the Viqueens took advantage of Forrest’s misfortune as they scored 15 points and blanked the Lady Rockets for the remainder of the first quarter.

“I felt really good how we started out offensively,” Jean said. “We were attacking the rim, looking for our shots, but like the last couple of weeks, they wouldn't fall.”

The second quarter was a little closer as both teams struggled to score and Community led 24-10 at halftime.

“Having three starters on the bench the second quarter with two fouls hurt, but we were only down 14 at the half,” Jean said. “I felt good about our chances of being able to come back and win the game. We just couldn't get enough stops.”

Community’s Anna Katherine Lemmons, who led all scorers in the contest with 21 points, tallied nine points in the third quarter and her paint-mate Gracie Simmons added six as the Viqueens took a 39-27 lead to the fourth quarter.

“We were trying to take away their post game, but it's really hard to do when it is as physical as it was, because they have two really strong, good post players that can score in a couple different ways,” Jean said. “

Forrest tried everything they could, but Community marched on, outscoring the Lady Rockets 17-13 in the fourth quarter to take the win.

Forrest (18-12) makes the trip to Dover to take on a Lady Rebels’ (19-9) squad that eked out a 26-24 win over Creekwood in the D11-AA title game Monday night.

Community (19-9) travels to Creekwood (22-6).

“It is going to be a battle, they (Lady Rebels) like to pressure the ball and convert your turnovers in to points,” Jean added. “We have to value each possession and get good shots and defensively we have to make them take shots that they don't want to take. If we do that we have a chance.”

Forrest 3 7 17 13-40

Community 15 9 15 17-56

Forrest (40): Jaide Langley 20, Laura Mealer 7, Ally Blanton 6, Anna Blanton 5, Sydney Hill 2, Shea Lewis, Ryann Lewis, Megan Mealer, Alex Davenport.

3-Point Goals (3): Langley 2, Anna Blanton.

Free Throws (11-for-18): Langley 8-for-11, Anna Blanton 2-for-4, Shea Lewis 0-for-2, Mealer 1-for-1.

Community (56): Anna Katherine Lemmons 21, Gracie Simmons 16, Jesa Moore 6, Logan Brothers 5, Brianna Beech 5, Breanna Whitaker 3, Aleah Wilson 1.

3-Point goals (4): Moore, Brothers, Beech, Whitaker.

Free Throws (10-for-19): Simmons 4-for-10, Lemmons 5-for-5, More 1-for-2, Beech 0-for-2.

Halftime score: Community 24, Forrest 10.

District 12-AA All-Academic Team

Kimberlyn Greer (Marshall County)

Julia Nighan (Nolensville)

Clarissa Gadsey (Nolensville)

Anna Katherine Lemmons (Community)

Gracie Simmons (Community)

Logan Brothers (Community)

Jaley Vincent (Community)

Lexie Cagle (Community)

Blair Cartwright (Community)

Taylor Gregory (Community)

Molly Kate Anderson (MCM)

Natalie Anderson (MCM)

Caroline Coleman (MCM)

Mary Martha Wilson (MCM)

Alexis Butner (MCM)

District 12-AA All-Season Team

Grace Baird (Nolensville-MVP)

Parker Leftwich (Nolensville)

Caymin Ladd (Nolensville)

Zoe Piller (Nolensville)

Demariae Ingram (Marshall County)

Kelsey Keiler (Marshall County)

Carissa Curtis (Forrest)

Anna Katherine Lemmons (Community)

Gracie Simmons (Community)

Natalie Anderson (MCM)

Hannah Hill (Giles County)

Chris Ladd (Nolensville-Coach of the Year)

District 12-AA All-Tournament Team

Sydney Mickulin (Nolensville-MVP)

Grace Baird (Nolensville)

Parker Leftwich (Nolensville)

Demariae Ingram (Marshall County)

Kelsey Keiler (Marshall County)

Anna Katherine Lemmons (Community)

Gracie Simmons (Community)