Panthers open season at Tigers' expense
The Yellville-Summit Panthers opened their basketball season last Friday with two wins at the expense of the Green Forest Tigers.
Both games were close, but neither Tiger team could come up with the firepower to overcome turnovers and missed free throws.
Coach Mike Hampton's senior boys (0-2) outscored Yellville 13-9 in the third quarter, but still took a 36-49 loss. Coach Jim Goins senior girls (0-3) led 26-23 at halftime, but 30 turnovers on the night did them in, 45-59.
Green Forest vs. Yellville
7-16, 11-25, 24-34, 36-49
The Panthers created an up-tempo game and pressured the Tigers a lot, but Green Forest hung in their early. Still, just four points in the second quarter hampered them as they lost their momentum.
The Tiger fought back and got to within seven in the fourth quarter, but three missed shots in the lane and 5 of 15 free throw shooting during the quarter ended any chance of winning that one.
Even though it was a loss, it may have been the team's best performance of a young season.
Scoring- GF- Jordan Dudley- 12; Cody Demeyer- 8; Guy Joubert- 4; 3's- Caleb Ruff, Billy Shaw; 2's- Adam Plagge, Brett Conner, Rafael Arciga. Y-S- Mitchell Phillips- 16.
14-11, 26-23, 35-39, 45-59
"The first half was our best half of the season," Coach Goins said. "We were up 10 two minutes before halftime, then we had some turnovers and they hit a three to cut our lead."
Goins said the Lady Panthers changed presses at halftime, from man to zone, causing his team to commit turnovers.
"We didn't attack it well," Goins said. "In the fourth, I think we got a little tired, and we had 30 turnovers for the night. We're making progress every ball game. We shot 40 percent on field goals. We're getting more comfortable.
Scoring- GF- Haley Roney- 12, 5R; Courtney McGehee- 10; Summer Williamson- 6; Phylicia Shelton- 5; LaRae Jones- 6, 9R; 3's- Nicki Kilbourn, Crystal Trask. Team- 11/23 Fts.Y-S- Sara Martin- 16; Foster- 13; Dillard- 12.