Lady Rockets can’t hold on in season ending loss

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Laura Mealer (23) led the Lady Rockets in the scoring column with 12 points in Forrest’s season-ending loss at Stewart County Sunday afternoon.
Tribune file photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Lady Rockets made the long trek to Dover in a rare Sunday afternoon game and almost pulled off an upset as they took Stewart County to the limit before falling 49-35 in a Region 6-AA Tournament first round satellite game.

The girls went there believing they could win and it almost happened,” Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. “We played about as well as we have in a couple weeks. The girls left it all on the floor and that’s all you can ask of them.”

Forrest had five players in the scoring column with Laura Mealer leading the way with 12 points while Ally Blanton was also in double figures with 10.

Anna Blanton added seven points, Ryann Lewis had four, and Shea Lewis netted a deuce.

The Lady Rockets got some early confidence as they played to a 9-9 tie on the road in the first quarter and led 21-19 at the half.

Shea Lewis had two points for the Lady Rockets, who could not hold a late lead versus the Lady Rebels.

Things were still going good as Forrest took a 29-24 lead to the fourth quarter before the Lady Rebels came storming back.

“The first three quarters we were able to make them play at our speed, we dictated the pace of the game,” Jean said. “We limited them to one shot and it was a contested shot, but in the fourth quarter they got some open looks and knocked them down and they got some second chance points.”

Stewart County put up 25 points in the final period, sparked by Holli Shepard who scored 10 of her 12 points in the game in the fourth quarter.

“I think we were gassed in the fourth quarter,” Jean said. “Stewart pressed us or trapped the ball the whole game and they played nine girls.”

Forrest (18-13) finished the season with a three-game losing streak and were not the same team that started the campaign after suffering a rash of injuries, including losing their leading scorer in sophomore Carissa Curtis and junior guard Jaide Langley.

“I think we had a pretty good year,” Jean said. “Would we have liked to win a few more games and went a little farther, sure we would, but sometimes all you can do is give all you have and see what happens.”

“The girls battled through a lot of adversity with all of the injuries and sickness and I am proud of the way they never used any of that as an excuse, they just showed up and went to work hard and for that I am thankful.”

Forrest 9 12 9 5-35

Stewart County 9 10 5 25-49

Forrest (35): Laura Mealer 12, Ally Blanton 10, Anna Blanton 7, Ryann Lewis 4, Shea Lewis 2.

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

Free Throws (9-for-13): Ally Blanton 3-for-4, Ryann Lewis 2-for-4, Mealer 2-for-3, Anna Blanton 2-for-2.

Stewart County (49): Anna Gray 12, Holli Shepherd 12, Tori Hale 10, Mackenzie Smith 6, Britni Rowlett 4, Kyanne Crockarell 3, Carissa Dill 2.

3-Point Goals (5): Gray 2, Hale 2, Smith.

Free Throws (16-for-21): Gray 4-for-4, Shepard 4-for-6, Hale 2-for-3, Dill 2-for-2, Rowlett 2-for-2, Smith 1-for-2, Crockarell 1-for-2.

Halftime Score: Forrest 21, Stewart County 19.