Tiger girls third at Flippin Tourney

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Green Forest's Kara Heads broke loose for a layup against Omaha in action earlier this season, then scored 35 points in three games at the Flippin Senior Girls Tournament, including seven 3-point baskets. The Lady Tigers host Berryville for junior and senior girls games tonight. David McNeal / CCN

FLIPPIN -- The Green Forest Lady Tiger basketball team was on fire from 3-point land Saturday afternoon and raced away to a third place trophy after being bumped into the consolation bracket by Melbourne earlier at the Flippin Senior Girls Tournament.

Green Forest defeated Cotter 56-34 in their first game last Wednesday, then went cold in the fourth quarter against Melbourne and lost 65-52 on Thursday.

The Lady Tigers hit nine 3-point shots against host Flippin on Saturday to win 66-38.

Saturday, Nov. 14

Vs. Flippin

16-11, 29-18, 49-29, 66-38

"We were on fire from outside," Coach Kyle Farrar said as four Lady Tigers finished in double figures.

Nikki Mullen, Carley Arnold, and Kara Heads each hit three threes in the game, scoring 20, 14 and 13 points respectively, with Tara Mullen chipping in 12.

"Flippin played a 1-3-1 zone and sagged into the middle to stop our inside game," Farrar said. "They had two on our one inside, but that meant they only had three on our four outside shooter.

"Nikki and Tara scored 14 together the first quarter, then in the second half Carley got hot and scored 12 in the third quarter. We hit four threes that period.

"Everybody played good defense after the first four minutes and Tara played really good defense on their big gun. They all ran the floor well."

Scoring- GF- N.Mullen- 20, 3 3s, 5/6 Fts; Arnold- 14, 3 3s, 3/3 Fts; Heads- 13, 3 3s, 2/2 Fts; T.Mullins- 12, 2/4 Fts; Whitney McCoy- 3, 1/4 Fts; 2's- Kaleigh Evans, Megan Barinsky. FL- Jensen- 14; Cristenberry- 10.

Thursday, Nov. 12

Vs Melbourne

16-14, 33-29, 42-45, 52-65

The Lady Tigers run through the tournament hit a snag Thursday night when the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz fired in 15 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to edge to a win.

Green Forest was 9 of 10 at the line for the game while Melbourne hit 24 of 27. Tiger coach Kyle Farrar didn't like the disparity at the free throw line, but said, "They had a really good team. We fouled three out. Their point guard was quick as a hiccup. We couldn't stay with her.

"I was proud of the way we played. We had the shots we wanted in the fourth but couldn't make them. The last eight free throws Melbourne made was when we were trying to stop the clock.

"It's the best we've played so far, against the best team we've played."

The Lady Tigers hit threes again, seven for the game, and were 90 percent at the line. Heads hit three and Arnold and Tara Mullen two each. Megan Barinsky scored a bucket each quarter for her eight points.

Scoring- GF- Arnold- 12, 2 3s, 2/2 Fts; Heads- 11, 3 3s, 0/1; N.Mullen- 10, 2 3s, 2/2 Fts; Barinsky- 8; T.Mullen- 7, 3/3; Evans- 4, 2/2 Fts. MB- 24 & 20 points led.

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