Tigers get monkey off back with first division win in three years

Friday, February 1, 2013
Jordyn Mullins scored 10 points to help Green Forest beat Greenland on Tuesday. (Trevor Tegley / CCN Sports Editor)

GREENLAND -- Green Forest snapped a nine-game losing streak and put an end to a three-year drought in 1-3A Conference action with a 51-42 win over Greenland on Tuesday.

Clayton Watson paved the way with 14 points while Daulton Coffey added 13 and Jordyn Mullins finished with 10 as the Tigers improved to 5-19 overall and 1-6 in 1-3A.

"I feel like this was the best team effort we have had all year," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "We led wire to wire and never trailed nor were we ever tied."

The Tigers built an 18-10 lead after the opening period, contrasting the two points scored against Greenland in a 50-43 loss on Jan. 11.

"I am very proud of the effort," Stone said. "We took a big step in learning how to win close games."

Green Forest increased the margin to 29-22 at the half and held a 40-32 advantage entering the final stanza. Greenland made a couple of late charges. But the Tigers dug in to preserve the win.

"The kids did a great job of weathering their runs," Stone said. "They cut the lead to two with about three minutes to go. But we closed the game on an 8-1 run."

It was the first win for Green Forest since the Tigers upended Eureka Springs on Dec. 10.

"The kids were very excited after the game," Stone said. "They broke a three-year long conference losing streak. So it was very exciting. They are starting to believe now."

Gren Forest has an open date today and will return to the floor Tuesday against Cedarville at Fred Grim Gym. It is the final regular-season game for the Tigers.

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