Cardinals peck Tigers in weekend games

Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Eureka's Brianna Freeman, seen here defending Lady Tiger LaRae Jones, hit six 3-pointers in the Alma tourney. Jones and company lost a tough one to Farmington Saturday. CCN/David McNeal

It was the weekend after New Year's, but a good week of practice had given the Green Forest Tiger teams hope about upsetting the Farmington Cardinals in their first league games of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Didn't happen, as the Cardinals flew past all three Tiger teams to send them to 0-1 in 1AAA league play.

Coach Mike Hampton's senior boys (0-8, 0-1) lost 74-38 to a solid Cardinal team that had just played in the Alma Airedale Classic.

Coach Jim Goins' Lady Tigers (2-8, 0-1) competed with Class AAA's defending state champions pretty well early, but the Lady Cardinal's depth wore them out in a 62-18 loss.

His junior high girls (4-3, 1-1) also took it on the chin, losing 38-15 in what Goins termed "a disappointing loss."

SENIOR BOYS

16-13, 29-35, 36-58, 38-74

"We were much improved," Coach Hampton said. "We just had 10 turnovers and more assists. We shot 72 percent the first half, then 25 percent the second, but that was 41 percent on field goals for the game.

"We played good the first half, but were listless the second half and they shot lights out. Farmington had nine rebounds the second half before we got one. They had 23 points on the night off of offensive rebounds."

Scoring- GF- Caleb Ruff- 9, Jordan Dudley, 8, 4R, 2S; Brett Conner- 7; Zack Sutton- 6, 2S; Aaron Fitchue- 4; 2's- Cody Demeyer, 5A, 4R, and Adam Plagge- 6R, 2S. FN- Dusty Gentry- 21; Ryan Dennis-17.

NAC TOURNAMENT

The Tigers traveled to Harrison to play in the North Arkansas College Senior Boys tournament at 3:45 p.m. on Monday against Viola.

SENIOR GIRLS

7-17, 11-35, 16-56, 18-62

"Farmington didn't shoot great, only hit a few threes, but got some easy baskets early with their transition game. We hung with them a little bit."

But the Lady Cardinals' depth and foot speed were too much for Green Forest as they used track meet speed to put the game away by halftime.

"We scored first to start the second quarter for 17-9, then they used their depth and speed to wear us out," Coach Goins said, adding, "We didn't play bad halfcourt defense."

Scoring- GF- Haley Roney- 6; Terri Tidyman- 4; 3's- Crystal Trask, Phylicia Shelton; LaRae Jones- 2. FN- 11's- Finney, Dennis; Williams- 10.

JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS

4-11, 6-20, 11-24, 15-38

"I was disappointed, although both teams hadn't played in a month," Coach Goins said. He said the team had practiced with the varsity team all week, but it didn't help.

"We had rebounds and passes that went right through our hands," Goins said. "We just weren't ready."

The team won't have a chance to redeem itself until Jan. 12 when the squad travels to Yellville-Summit.

Scoring- GF- 4's- Kasey Barinsky, Kamarra Hoppe; 2's- Chelsea Leathers, Kelsey Powell, Emily Campbell; Ashley Parton- 1.

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