Hungry Tigers chew on Elks
Tired of practicing and pounding on each other, the Green Forest Tiger senior teams used their energy to take two wins from the Elkins Elks in a makeup game Saturday night.
They were the Tigers' first official games of the year, leaving both squads 1-0. A first game and it was a makeup? Due to the Elks qualifying for the football playoffs, the schools postponed the game from Nov. 9 to last Saturday to avoid any conflicts over players.
23-5, 30-14, 48-22, 63-42
"We got after them, got turnovers and easy baskets," Coach Jeff Morrow said about the Tigers' fast start. "We used an 8-man rotation, and were led by our three seniors, Neal Hodges, Matt Bell, and Nathan Kilbourn. They handled most of the scoring brunt."
The trio scored a combined 48 points, while holding Elkins to just 42 as a team.
A new face belonged to Derek Hamilton, who got his first start for the Tigers.
"He played well and did a good job," Coach Morrow said. "And it was Austin Lasater's first time to start at point guard. He handled the ball well. We had three come off the bench and do a good job."
Morrow mentioned Jeff Gibbs, Seth Lowery, and Kevin Hartsell, all who saw playing time.
Coach Morrow said the Tigers were ready to play somebody different coming into this game, and that although it was a first game with first-game mistakes, he saw some bright spots.
Scoring- GF- Hodges- 19; Kilbourn- 18; Bell- 11; Seth Lowery 7; Lasater- 4; Hamilton- 2. ELK- Seth Jones- 11; Mabry- 10.
8-12, 28-24, 41-42, 63-51
"The game was valleys and peaks," Coach Mike Gotcher said about the Lady Tigers' opener. "We were in a valley in the first and third quarters, but were up in the fourth. It looked like our first game.
"We hit six three's, with Jessica Goodman hitting two in the second quarter, and Terri Tidyman one. We were down four at the end of the third quarter, but Amy Harp hit a three and that left us just down one."
Coach Gotcher said the team pressed and ran most of the night, which might account for senior Jessica Joubert spending most of the night on the bench.
"She played about eight minutes total," Gotcher said," just three minutes in the first half, and she still had 14 points. She had three fouls in the first three minutes of the game."
But Joubert netted eight points in the third quarter to help keep the score close, as Brittany Gotcher, Jessica Gibbs, and Jessica Goodman all scored in double figures.
Coaches said Lisa Plagge saw playing time in the post area when Joubert was out with fouls and pulled down some rebounds. Jennifer Fultz started and also had some rebounds.
Coach Gotcher said free throws came up big at the end, with the team making 10 points on the freebies that period, and 13 of 18 overall for the night.
Gotcher was 5 of 7 that quarter, with Joubert 2 of 4, and Harp and Tidyman each 1 of 2.
Scoring- GF- Gotcher- 16; Joubert- 14; Gibbs- 12; Goodman- 10; Harp- 6; Tidyman- 4. ELK- Stevens- 21.