Lady Tigers use fourth quarter to defeat Lincoln, boys drop close one

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Green Forest Tigers' Nikki Mullen shoots over a Lincoln defender on Feb. 3 at Fred Grim Gym.

GREEN FOREST -- The Lady Tigers (20-5, 6-3) had one mission in mind on Friday night -- take care of business at home and defeat Lincoln.

The Tigers did just that as they defeated the Wolves, 47-36.

Since it was Senior Night at Fred Grim Gym, it was fitting that head coach Kyle Farrar put in senior Kaleigh Evans for the opening tip, then removed her during a timeout, as Evans is recovering from an ACL injury.

"That was a big deal for us," Farrar said. "She has meant to much to this team and to me, I'm glad the coaches (Lincoln) allowed us to do that."

The Tigers' offense was a bit sluggish to start the game, but the girls quickly responded, as they began to feed the ball to the post.

The Tigers went into halftime leading by six, and used the momentum to carry them to a 37-29 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

"They're just so long," Farrar said. "They take up a lot of room. We really made them come out and guard us and once they did that, we were able to find some open holes in their defense."

Having a modified schedule on Friday night could have had an effect on the team, but Farrar said he talked it over with them during the week.

"They knew what was coming and what was at hand," he said. "We really needed this game."

The girls used the inside game of junior Lindsey Savage to extend their lead to nine points at the 2:32 mark.

Savage took a beating as the Wolves continued to foul, and foul hard.

With 1:45 left, Savage intercepted a pass and drove the length of the floor to ice the game for the Tigers.

Nikki Mullen led the team with 16 points, none of which came from the perimeter.

Savage -- 13; Kaitlin Powell -- 11; Tara Mullen -- five; Anna Blach -- two.

In the boys' game, the Wolves used a strong second half to route the Tigers, 55-42.

Michael Campbell -- 15 points; Kolby Burnett -- nine; Josiah Mullins -- six; Daulton Coffey -- six; Cole Newberry -- four; Jordyn Mullins -- two.

The boys were outscored 29-28 in the second half.

The Tigers will hit the road for their last regular season game on Feb. 7 when they battle Cedarville.

The senior high district tournament will take place at Fred Grim Gym on Feb. 13-18.

Official times and seedings have yet to be determined.

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