Lady Tigers win one, lose one; boys upended

Friday, February 17, 2012
Tigers' Kaitlin Powell goes up uncontested in the Tigers' opening round game against Elkins in the district tournament at Fred Grim Gym on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

GREEN FOREST -- The Lady Tigers had arguably their best game of the season on Tuesday night, as they defeated Elkins, 55-27, but came up short on Wednesday night, as they were defeated by Greenland, 31-26.

"We played really well agaisnt Elkins," head coach Kyle Farrar said. "We knew that was the game to get the girls back in the regional tournament."

The girls never trailed on Tuesday night, as they headed into halftime with a 19-point lead.

"This was one of our better games, defensively and offensively," Farrar said.

Kaitlin Powell drilled a three to open the third, and most of the starters were pulled late in the third quarter.

For once the Tigers two guards did not have the highest scoring, something that is relatively new to the Tigers.

"Tara (Mullen) had 16 and Lindsey (Savage) had 17 and that makes us more difficult to guard," Farrar said.

The Tigers utilized their perimeter game as well as the paint in order to keep the Elks' defense guessing, which was visible on a back door play at the 5:35 mark in the third quarter, putting the Tigers up 44-17.

Nikki Mullen -- 13 points, including nine from the outside; Kaitlin Powell -- four; Anna Blach -- two; Payton Watson -- two; Kodee Powell -- one.

Much can change in 24 hours, though.

Wednesday was an opposite formula for winning, as Greenland held the Tigers to only five first half points, although it would be the ineffeciency from the line that truly did the Tigers in.

The girls shot a dismal 36 percent from the charity stripe.

"What you have here is two teams that know one another like the back of their hands," Farrar said. "It was just a defensive slugfest. When you only give up 27 or 28 points in a game, that should give you a good chance to win. It was two really good defensive teams, two really athletic teams. We know what they do and they know what we do."

All season long, the Tigers have been able to bounce back after a loss.

The Tigers will now play in the regional tournament in Cedarville next week, but their opponent has yet to be determined.

If the Tigers can win their first game at regionals, then they are guaranteed a spot in the state tourney.

In the boys' opening-round game on Tuesday, the Tigers were defeated, 70-52, by the Elks.

The Tigers were down 20 points at halftime, but clawed their way back in the third, as they tallied 23 points.

Josiah Mullins -- 18; Kolby Burnett -- 10; Daulton Coffey -- nine; Cole Newberry -- eight; Michael Campbell -- four; Austin Smalley -- two; Jordyn Mullins -- one.

"We've got one heck of a conference this year," head coach Drew Ray said. "We just have to keep at it."

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