Lady Tigers bounced in 1-3A Conference outing

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Kenley Williams, standing, and Payton Watson fight for a loose ball against West Fork Friday night at Fred Grim Gym. (Trevor Tegley / CCN Contributing Photographer)

GREEN FOREST -- The Green Forest Lady Tigers fell to 12-5 overall with a 62-39 loss to West Fork in Friday's 1-3A Conference opener at Fred Grim Gym.

West Fork led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter before leading by double digits at 27-17 at halftime.

Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said early foul trouble put the Lady Tigers at a disadvantage early in the first half, resulting in West Fork feeding the ball inside to Sidney Franklin, who finished with 35 points.

"After Caitlin (Powell) got in foul trouble that put us in a bad position," Farrar said. "(Franklin) only had five points when that happened. After that she took it to us inside."

But Farrar didn't place all the blame on the early benching of one of Green Forest's leading scorers and defenders.

"They were more physical than us," he said. "We can try to sugar coat it if we want. But they beat us in every way."

Cody Powell led Green Forest in scoring with 21 points while twin sister Caitlin finished with 13. Payton Watson chipped in four and Keylen Bell added one.

The Lady Tigers continue conference action tonight at Elkins.

"They are enormous," Farrar said of Elkins. "Everyone in this conference is big and physical. It's going to be tight all the way to the end of the year. And what happened Friday night was no surprise. But it was a wake-up call."

He said it would take the Lady Tigers, still operating without junior Anna Blach, some more time to piece things together.

"We are still a week or two away but are getting closer," Farrar said of Blach's return after knee surgery. "We are making progress as a team. It takes a while to get back into it night in and night out."

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