Lady Tigers ousted from 1-3A Conference Tournament

Friday, February 21, 2014
Anna Blach drives the lane against West Fork. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

GREENLAND -- Green Forest's season came to an end Tuesday night in the opening round of the 1-3A Conference Tournament at Greenland with a 51-22 loss to West Fork.

The Lady Tigers finished the season 5-17.

Anna Blach led Green Forest with eight points, Kenley Williams added five, Zara Leivan and Payton Youngblood had four each and Payton Watson chipped in one.

West Fork jumped out to an early 13-4 lead in the opening stanza and extended the advantage to 27-11 at the half, proving too much for the Lady Tigers to overcome.

"It's tough when you are fighting from behind because you can't put the ball in the basket," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We had so many good looks but couldn't put it in. Then after not scoring for so long that affects the defensive end of the floor."

It was the final game for three seniors -- Blach, Leivan and Keylen Bell -- the end of a disappointing season.

"I really wanted Keylen and Zara and Anna to go to regionals and be part of a team that went to regionals," Farrar said. "For everything they have been through I wanted that for them."

It was a rebuilding year for Farrar after losing most of the offensive production from last year's team with twins Kodee and Kaitlin Powell taking their talents to the collegiate level. The Lady Tigers struggled to gain any momentum during the year without a proven leader.

"We lost everything we had at the guard position," Farrar admitted. "Whether I wanted them to or not they did everything. Anna could be a phenomenal player at her position. But she didn't get to play that position all year. When you have to do everything it turns into not being able to do anything."

Farrar said the program would need to move forward with a new attitude.

"They have to get tougher, tougher, tougher," he said. "And they have to get in the gym and shoot. Those are the two things we don't do. We are not physically or mentally strong enough. That's up to the kids. They have to want it."

And Farrar wants nothing more than for the Lady Tigers to find success.

"I have won a lot of games at this school and I have lost a lot of games at this school," he said. "I care about these kids and care about getting better. I don't care what the record is. But we did not play as hard as we could all year. That is a problem we have to fix."

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