Green Forest down early but secures one-point victory

Friday, January 6, 2012
Tigers' Tara Mullen drives around a defender during a recent home game. The Tigers are using the depth of their roster as an asset this season.

The Green Forest Lady Tigers picked up where they left off in 2011 ... winning.

The Tigers defeated West Fork 46-45 on Tuesday night, improving their record to 15-2 and 1-0 in conference play.

The one-point win marked the narrowest margin of victory for the girls this year.

"This was enormous," head coach Kyle Farrar said. "Our girls believe they can win any game."

The nail-biter also marked the first live action that Farrar's team has been involved in since the Holiday Tournament concluded on Dec. 17.

"I was worried about a letdown, given the time off," Farrar said.

The Tigers have the luxury of having a deep roster, which serves the team well as different players continue to step up when the opposition focuses in on one or two players.

Nikki Mullen -- 23 points; Kaitlin Powell -- 14; Lindsey Savage -- five; Kodee Powell -- four.

Mullen connected for 12 points from the perimeter and Powell also tallied nine of her 14 from beyond the line.

An advantage the Tigers have had this season is jumping out early, however, it was West Fork that had the advantage in the first half.

The Tigers were outscored 24-19 at halftime, but the team responded and tallied 27 in the second half to secure the victory.

Having four seniors on the team allows for an extension of the coaching staff, which transitions into communication and team chemistry on the court.

Another asset the team has is their ability to convert from the charity stripe.

The Tigers shot 71 percent from the line.

Farrar said that everything to this point has been in preparation for the conference run of the schedule.

The ladies will play Elkins at home on Tuesday, Jan. 10, in their first home game of 2012.

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