Tiger teams step up on Homecoming night

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
2005 Tiger Basketball Homecoming court The Tiger Homecoming court, from left, was Samantha Jo Peden, Courtney Ruff, Nelly Ramirez, Queen Ashley Fredrick, Staci Jo Watson, and Kamarra Hoppe. Escorts were, from left, Austin McCullough, Kyle Kleffman, David Norris, Brett Conner, Tyler Carpenter, Zac Sutton, and Justin Reece. Little Attendants were Taylor Smith, left, and Trace Delozier. CCN/David McNeal

The focus was on the girls at the 2005 Homecoming ceremonies at Green Forest last Friday, so Coach Jim Goins' Lady Tigers came through in the final game with a big 50-46 victory against the Shiloh Christian Lady Saints.

Earlier, in the opening game, the 13-0 Shiloh junior high girls squeaked out a 31-24 win for the lead in 1AAA, as both teams were 4-0 in league play coming in.

Homecoming ceremonies were held, with Ashley Fredrick crowned 2005 Queen, then the senior boys played next.

The Tigers thrilled the home crowd with their hard play, hustle, and execution on offense, but Shiloh's 6-6 David Cline scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half for a 42-34 win.



Friday, Jan. 14

Senior High Girls

11-6, 24-20, 40-30, 50-46

The Lady Saints wouldn't go away and kept the crowd in suspense until the end. Coach Jim Goins' Lady Tigers (4-14, 2-7) made 18 of 27 free throws, with Shiloh swishing 19 of 30, but it was the Saints' Lauren Yates that kept them in the game.

Yates hit 5 3-pointers and ended with 17 points, nailing two of the treys in the second quarter, one in the third, and two in the fourth.

Tori Allen and Kayla Grigg led the Lady Tigers with 13 and 12 points respectively, with Allen netting four of those in the crucial final minutes. Green Forest needed it, as they were just 2 of 5 at the line in the fourth, while Shiloh went 8 of 8.

Scoring- GF- Allen- 13, 2 3s; Grigg- 12; Kim Watson- 7, 1 3s; Phylicia Shelton- 4; Kasey Barinsky- 4; LaRae Jones- 3; 2's- Courtney Ruff, Danielle Camper, Danielle Villines; Haley Roney- 1. Team- 18/27 Fts. SC- Yates- 17, 5 3s. Team- 19/30 Fts.

Senior High Boys

10-12, 17-22, 25-32, 34-42

"If we could figure out how to defend a big man, we'd be pretty good," Coach Bill Niven said. "I was real proud of the kids. They played really hard. The crowd was into it. They see the kids are finally figuring it out.

"I saw the kids were disappointed at the end, which is good. They don't like losing."

In spite of an aggressive Shiloh man defense, applied full court by good athletes that could run and move, the Tigers (2-15, 1-7) executed their offense, kept the ball safe, and scored.

In the second quarter, Kyle Kleffman gave the team a spark off the bench when he hit a three to give Green Forest the lead at 15-14, and Adam Plagge had several blocks in the second half.

But Cline's teammates knew who to throw it to, and found him their last five possessions of the game. He scored a basket each time, or made two free throws, pushing Shiloh's lead to 41-30 all by himself.

Scoring- GF- Josh Dudley- 8; Kleffman- 7, 1 3s; Plagge- 6; 5's- Cody Demeyer, Zac Sutton; Tyler Carpenter- 2; Aaron Fitchue- 1. Team- 5/11 Fts. SC- Cline- 27; Zak Willard- 5. Team- 11/17 Fts.

Junior High Girls

8-10, 13-17, 15-23, 24-31

Green Forest's full court press and man defense wasn't as good as having Shiloh's 6-2 Garrison, who blocked shots, rebounded and scored 11 points.

"I was thrilled with our defensive effort," Coach Goins said. "We got turnovers off our press, but Garrison hurt us more on defense. We had six threes and one 2-point basket, and those were our only baskets. Our guards stepped up and shot the ball with confidence."

Kamarra Hoppe hit three treys and had 10 points, Makayla Jorgensen hit two treys and had six points, Allyson Goodman and Amelia Villines had 3 each, and Emily Campbell and Kelsey Powell had 1 each.

For Shiloh (13-0, 5-0), Garrison had 11, and Williams 10. Garrison was 5 of 8 from the line in the fourth, and Williams 4 of 7. Green Forest (8-3, 4-1) was just 4 of 13 for the game.

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