Bryson Johnson

Huntland's Bryson Johnson dribbles the ball near a pair of defenders during a game Tuesday at Forrest High School. Johnson scored 16 points in the 74-63 loss.

The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Forrest Rockets 74-63 on the road Tuesday in their first game of the season.

The Hornets kept the score close throughout the first half, but the Rockets pulled away in the last two quarters to give them a loss.

The teams traded baskets in the opening period with Will Jolley hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Hornets the lead at the end of the half.

They led 10-7 after one quarter.

The Rockets opened the second quarter with a 20-4 run as they began to take control of the scoreboard.

The Hornets trailed 32-24 at halftime.

The deficit would be doubled in the third quarter as the Hornets were not able to keep up with the scoring pace of the Rockets.

They trailed 59-43 going into the final period.

The Hornets ended the contest with their best offensive quarter of the day, but it would not be enough as they took an 11-point loss.

Bryson Johnson led the Hornets with 16 points for the game, followed by Noah Thompson with 15 points and Micah Millraney with 11.

Braylen Phillips scored nine points, Jolley scored eight, and James Miller and JT Jackson scored two points each.

With the loss, the Hornets began their season with a record of 0-1.

They are next scheduled to play on Dec. 1 at home against Community High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.