Lady Tigers route three teams at state tourney; Girls move on to face Greenland in the finals

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Green Forest Lady Tigers celebrate after making it to the state finals in Hot Springs.

The Green Forest Lady Tigers defeated the Mountain View Yellow Jackets, 73-44, at the state tournament on Thursday night.

"That may have been our best game of the season," head coach Kyle Farrar said. "They were the state champs last year. They were the best team that we faced this season."

The Tigers jumped out early and often as they went into halftime with a 31-19 lead.

"That was huge for us," Farrar said. "They have the player of the year on their team (Jessica Flannery), and we forced others on their team to step up."

Flannery scored 29 of the team's 44 points, but it was the defensive attack of the Tigers that separated the two teams.

"It was a well-played defensive game by us," Farrar said. "We were able to make it tough on them ... tough for them to score on us."

The Tigers outscored the Jackets, 21-12, in the opening quarter, and only put up 10 in the second, but it was enough as the teams returned to the hardwood for the third quarter.

"We just shot the ball really well," Farrar added. "It was really our best game on both ends of the court."

Nikki Mullen led the charge once again, as the senior tallied 26 points.

Kodee Powell -- 16 points; Kaitlin Powell -- 15; Lindsey Savage -- nine; Tara Mullen -- five; Anna Blach -- two.

The Tigers also defeated Rose Bud, 43-38, on Friday night.

"That was just an exciting game," Farrar said. "We played them in the first round of last year's tournament, so we knew what we were up against."

The back-and-forth game came down to execution and free throws.

The Tigers only connected for one point from the line in the first three quarters, but finished the game going 14-for-17 in the final eight minutes.

"Kodee was amazing from the line in the fourth," Farrar said.

Powell went 8-for-11 in the final quarter of play, and Nikki went 3-for-4.

Lindsey Savage finished the quarter going 3-for-3.

"Those were huge free throws for us," Farrar said.

The Tigers concluded their weekend with a 38-31 win over Jessieville.

"It was just a really good defensive game by both teams," Farrar said.

The Tigers took a two-point lead into the second quarter, scoring seven points before taking the 16-16 tie into halftime.

"Our defense was just tremendous," Farrar said. "They were able to hit two bombs from about 30 feet away late in the game. It was a great defensive game for us."

The Tigers have been able to play shut down defense for most of the season, Farrar added.

"I'm proud of the girls and how they were able to execute."

Nikki Mullen -- 15 points; Kaitlin Powell -- nine; Lindsey Savage -- seven; Tara Mullen -- four; Kodee Powell -- three.

The Tigers will now face conference-foe Greenland for the fourth time this season, when the two teams meet in the last girls' game on Saturday night at The Summit Arena and Convention Center in Hot Springs. The game is slated for 6 p.m.

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