CHAPEL HILL — On a night set aside to honor its senior class, it was a sophomore who delivered the Forrest Lady Rockets (10-14, 4-2) a huge District 7-AA win over Cascade (2-23, 1-5) that …
CHAPEL HILL — On a night set aside to honor its senior class, it was a sophomore who delivered the Forrest Lady Rockets (10-14, 4-2) a huge District 7-AA win over Cascade (2-23, 1-5) that secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming district tournament.
Lady Rocket sophomore Kinslee Inlow caught fire in the first quarter and led the Lady Rockets to a 71-52 win over Cascade.
With 5:31 left in the opening frame, senior Macyn Kirby broke a 2-2 stalemate with a corner three-pointer.
From there, Inlow took off and jumpstarted a massive, 28-point first quarter.
In total, the four Lady Rockets connected on shots from the perimeter in the opening frame.
Kirby and Inlow tacked on eight in the opening frame, with Inlow knocking down a pair of treys.
Defensively, Forrest held Cascade to a single made field goal over the final four minutes of the quarter—a basket by Cascade forward Sophie Ray, which came with nine seconds left.
Forrest closed the opening quarter on an 18-2 run, which included three-straight three-pointers in the final two minutes.
The red-hot shooting eventually cooled into the second quarter, but Forrest was still able to out-score Cascade 9-8 in the quarter, with Kirby accounting for all of the Lady Rockets’ points in the frame, including another trey.
By halftime, Forrest built a 35-17 lead on Cascade.
Not much changed in the third quarter for the Lady Rocket scoring, with Forrest piling on 17 more points, spread among five different players.
Cascade also got the offensive wheels moving in the second half as well, led by Ray, who notched eight points in the third.
The fourth frame ground to a halt in terms of play, with fouls becoming a major issue for both teams.
In the fourth quarter alone, Cascade was able to work its way to the line and made good on 12-of-14 attempts.
Forrest also shot an efficient 4-of-4 attempts in the period as well, while Inlow closed the game with another seven points and another trey.
In total, Inlow led all scorers with 31 points, including four three-pointers, while Kirby added 10.
Ray caught fire in the second half for Cascade and finished with a team-high 25 points. With the regular season in the books, it will be a Forrest-Cascade rematch as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds meet in the District 7-AA semifinals on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
Cascade 9 8 15 20 — 52
Forrest 28 9 17 17 — 71
]Cascade: Sophie Ray 25, Isabella Rhodes 11, Laina Carter 5, Kaegan Young 3, Kaydence Miller 3, Hailey Giel 2, Kaydence Bynum 2, Sarah Floyd. Forrest: Kinslee Inlow 31, Macyn Kirby 10, Megan Mealer 7, Meagan Scaggs 4, Carli Warner 4, Kaylin Pope 4, Samantha Hopkins 4, Josie Brown 3, Camreigh Warner 2, Neveah Patterson 2. 3-Point goals: Forrest (7): Inlow 4, Kirby, Mealer, Brown; Cascade (2): Carter, Miller. Halftime score: Forrest 35, Cascade 17.