Tigers unable to overcome Valley's length, offense

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Head coach Kyle Farrar's girls have already seen their fair share of big players so far this season, and Saturday's game against Valley Springs was no different, as the seventh grade lost 16-4 and the eighth grade lost 28-6.

Timing and the ability to make the pivotal shots when needed plagued the team.

"We just couldn't make the shots," Farrar said. "Their size really affected us."

Defensive pressure is one thing that the girls will have to adjust to, which will come with more playing time.

The pressure, along with the overly aggressive play of Valley Springs, presented a valuable lesson for the Tigers.

They learned that adjustments are critical to the progression of the team's execution.

"They are just a really aggressive team," Farrar said of Valley. "We just need to learn to handle the pressure."

The senior girls also have faced some tall players on the young season, and Saturday was no different as the Tigers fell to Viola in the finals of the Flippin Invitational 42-38.

"They've got a girl that is six-foot-three," Farrar said. "It's good for us to be able to go against a team like that."

Athletic teams like Valley will help prepare the team for the long season.

"They also have two girls that are really big and athletic," he said. "We need to play against teams like that."

Kodee Powell -- 14 points; Nikki Mullen -- 10; Tara Mullen -- four; Kaitlin Powell -- three; Makynna Jorgensen -- three and Lindsey Savage -- two.

The seventh and eighth grade also boys lost their respective games 25-2 and 32-7.

Cory Bryant scored the lone points for the seventh graders, Travis Yates had four points and Kiefer Burnett scored three for the eighth grade team.

"We really haven't had much time together," head coach Drew Ray said. "Right now we're just working on our fundamentals."

He said that Billy Evans, a pivotal player on the seventh grade roster, was lost to a football injury, but that he should return around Thanksgiving.

"He's a key player on our team," he said.

Valley has size throughout their roster, and Ray was quick to comment on the size differential.

"They were huge," he said. "They're a good team with good guards."

He said that the team is still learning their assignments.

"We're still learning our offense," he said. "We'll start hitting our shots."

Ray added that one thing he likes about the program is that all of the players show up and play hard every day.

"They're a tough group who play hard and will do anything that you ask of them," he said.

He added that time is of the essence and the progression will come once everyone has enough time together on the court.

"We'll get there, it'll just take some time," Ray said. "It'll just take some playing and getting to know one another. we just need some time with one another."

The Tigers will look to work as a cohesive unit as they move forward.

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