Lady Tigers suffer season-ending loss to Cedarville in 1-3A District Tourney
WEST FORK -- Green Forest's season drew to a close on Tuesday with a 52-37 loss to Cedarville in the opening game of the 1-3A District Tournament at West Fork.
Cedarville doubled up the Lady Tigers in the first two quarters by identical 12-6 margins for a 24-12 halftime advantage in a game Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said was never really in question.
"I give them all the credit," Farrar said of Cedarville. "They played really well. It was not a game from the opening tip. We were not prepared and ready to stop them. It had nothing to do with anything except they outplayed us at every spot."
The Lady Tigers finished the season 14-11 overall and were hoping to extend the season into regional play in the third meeting of the year with the Lady Pirates. But after beating Cedarville 35-31 to close out the regular season last week, Green Forest had no answer with the season on the line.
Kodee Powell finished her career with an 18-point outing to lead Green Forest in scoring, followed by Kaitlin Powell with seven, Keylen Bell with four, Anna Blach and Kenley Williams with three each and Zara Leivan with two.
Green Forest attempted a comeback in the third period, outscoring the Lady Pirates 15-10. But Cedarville staved off each run the Lady Tigers made.
"Once they got up by eight or nine thats really where it stayed," Farrar said. "Twice we got it to six but they scored immediately right after to extend their lead. It was about an 8-point game the entire game from two minutes in."
It was a bitter end to an injury-plagued season as Blach was out for most of the year and the Lady Tigers finished the campaign without sophomore Payton Watson. Both players suffered knee injuries during the season.
"It was really tough with as many injuries as we had," Farrar admitted. "Most coaches would love to get to the point where you don't play sophomores. When you have to throw them in and they are not ready it makes it difficult."
With lack of depth to fill in, Green Forest was susceptible at times.
"Our weaknesses were exposed," Farrar said. "The girls were trying. It wasn't lack of effort. They were just put in situations they were not ready to be put in."
The Powell twins now focus on their college options.
"Several schools are interested in them," Farrar said. "We have spoken to a few places and I'm pretty sure they will be playing at the next level somewhere."