The Forrest Lady Rockets took full advantage of mismatches and spoiled Cascade’s senior night in a 54-21 regular season finale.The Lady Rockets one-two punch of Cadence Chapman and Macyn Kirby …
The Forrest Lady Rockets took full advantage of mismatches and spoiled Cascade’s senior night in a 54-21 regular season finale.
The Lady Rockets one-two punch of Cadence Chapman and Macyn Kirby combined for 30 points to lead the charge past Cascade.
“We struggled keeping them off the boards. They definitely have the size advantage and we struggled with that this time around. It’s hard to win a ballgame when you give the other team multiple chances to score,” Lady Champion coach Kendall Hampton said.
The game started off on a wholesome moment for one Lady Champion senior.
Kylie Calvert suffered an injury in the fall during soccer season, which effectively ended her senior basketball season before it began.
Following the opening tip-off, Cascade took the tip-off and passed the ball to Calvert under the rim for the first score of the game to officially put her name in the scoring column during her Senior Night.
Cascade returned the favor and Cadence Chapman scored on the following possession to even the score at two apiece before play actually began.
“That meant a lot to her. She’s missed the entire season because of an injury in soccer. Her teammates wanted her out there. I know it meant a lot to her,” Hampton said.
“Coach Murrell agreed to do that and I really appreciated that from him to give her that moment.”
But after the opening baskets, Forrest took firm control of the game and rattled off 18 points in the opening frame.
Cascade managed just another shot from the floor by Jordan Green, which came at the 2:51 mark of the opening frame.
Forrest closed the quarter on a 8-0 run to lead 18-5 after the first quarter.
Kirby took over in the second quarter and scored eight of her 14 points, while Chapman continued to thrive in the paint, adding four more.
By halftime, Forrest had built a 34-8 lead.
Cascade got a brief shot in the arm as senior Lani Jones hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, but after her basket, Forrest went back to work on the glass and limited the Lady Champion second-shot attempts.
Forrest closed the game with another 17 points to close out the game.
Greene’s eight points led Lady Champs.
Cascade opens the District 7-AA tournament on Monday night against cross-county rival and No. 1 seed Community.
Forrest 18 16 13 17 — 54
Cascade 5 3 8 5 — 21
Forrest: Cadence Chapman 16, Macyn Kirby 14, Ryann Lewis 7, Megan Mealer 6, Addison Bunty 6, Kinslee Inlow 3, Emory Hall 2.
Cascade: Jordan Green 8, Lani Jones 3, Abby Harris 3, Kylie Calvert 2, Sophie Ray 2, Maribel de la Rosa, Makenna Lamb, Abrielle Presley.
3-Point goals: Forrest (3): Kirby, Bunty, Lewis; Cascade (2): Jones, Harris.
Halftime score: Forrest 34, Cascade 8.
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