Tigers fight, but out at Classic

Monday, December 6, 2004
Lady Tiger Phylicia Shelton, No. 20, got a screen from teammate Danielle Camper, No. 21, for this shot during action against Eureka Springs earlier this season. The girls lost to Alpena Wednesday at the Omaha Classic. CCN/David McNeal

The Green Forest Tiger senior high teams ended their play in the Community First Bank 2004 Omaha Border Classic basketball tournament Wednesday night when both got their second loss.

Coach Bill Niven's senior boys fell 57-45 to host Omaha, and Coach Jim Goins senior girls just missed a win, 46-44, against Alpena

The junior boys picked up a 30-27 win in a fill-in game prior to the tournament games, as Alpena had cancelled games for Thursday.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1

Lady Tigers vs. Alpena

5-13, 14-22, 24-35, 44-46

After trailing for three quarters, the Lady Tigers (0-3) turned the heat up in the fourth quarter to make a run at the Lady Leopards.

Assistant coach Ben Mayer said, "The girls put on great pressure in the fourth and scored off of steals. We pressed full court and everyone was flying around. It was a good team effort."

Courtney Ruff got some of her game-high 12 points plus 9 rebounds during that run, getting steals and streaking for layups. In spite of the speed of the game, there were only 20 fouls called during the action. Green Forest was just 4 of 7 from the line, while Alpena was 2 of 4.

Scoring- GF- Ruff- 12, 9 R; Kayla Grigg- 9, 1/1 Fts; Tori Allen- 7; Danielle Camper- 4; Kim Watson- 4; 2's- Haley Roney, Phylicia Shelton, Kasey Barinsky, Danielle Villines. ALP- Makala McNair- 24, 6 3s; Kila Redding- 10, 2 3s.

Senior Boys vs Omaha

9-12, 21-28, 34-40, 45-57

Coach Bill Niven had a full squad for the first time this season as members of the football team were available for the first time.

The team (0-4) shot 41 percent from the field, their best this season, but it wasn't enough to overcome Omaha's Pyshny and Chaney, who scored 17 and 16 points respectively.

C.J. Matthews answered for the Tigers with 15 points, including 2 threes, and 6-5 Adam Plagge chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds.

"Forty-one percent from the field was an improvement," Coach Bill Niven said. "We got into our offense better and were more patient. Our execution was better on offense. We need to pick up the tempo, but that will come.

"We're passing decent. We had 17 turnovers, but that's better than we've done."

Coach said Plagge had a good game, shooting 5 of 7 from the field for 10 points, with 9 rebounds. He also said Cody Demeyer did a good defensive job on Omaha's Jorge Escobar, a high-scoring inside player. Demeyer held him to just 3 points.

Scoring- GF- Matthews- 15, 2 3s; Plagge- 10, 9R; Demeyer- 5, 1 3s; Zac Sutton- 5; Josh Dudley- 4; Aaron Fitchue- 3; Guy Joubert- 3, 3A. OM- Pyshny- 17; Chaney- 16.

Junior High Boys

5-7, 18-10, 25-15, 30-27

Alpena cancelled Thursday games for the seventh-grade and junior high, so Coach Niven arranged for the junior boys to get a game in against Omaha just before the tournament games started.

"The kids are really beginning to pass the ball extremely well," Coach Niven said about the boys. "They are seeing things on offense, the open man, being patient. I'm tickled with our offense, but we need to do a better job rebounding.

"We had a 10-point lead, then they started going to Ellis in the fourth quarter and he got 9 of his 15 points then. He's a good player."

The Junior Tigers got help off the bench, with Matt McCoy and two eighth-graders, Will Mullen and Robbie Ness, coming in to help build a lead in the second quarter, along with Marlon Boche, a ninth-grader, who coach said does a good job on defense.

Scoring- GF- Colby Arnold- 8, 2 3s; Lucas Graham- 6; Justin Reece- 5; Jacob Wallace- 4; McCoy- 4; Jordan Jones- 3. OM- Ellis- 15.

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