Green Forest girls making progress

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

BERRYVILLE -- Despite losing all three of their games in the 6th Annual Cornerstone Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament, the Green Forest Lady Tigers showed marked improvement by the end of the week.

In Wednesday's seventh-place game at Bobcat Arena, the Lady Tigers lost to White County Central 57-39, but Green Forest was within striking distance for most of the game. The Lady Tigers trailed just 32-28 going into the fourth quarter before the Lady Bears' defensive pressure began to take a toll.

"Once we actually got in a rhythm in the first quarter offensively, things began flowing, but then in the fourth quarter, we went back to our old ways," Green Forest Coach Kyle Farrer said.

With White County Central up eight with 2:03 left, Green Forest committed a foul to send the Lady Bears to the free-throw line. Shawnee Williams made the first of 10 consecutive free throws that would ice the game for White County Central.

"That's a big difference in the game right there," Farrer said. "When you can go to the line in the last two minutes and knock those shots down, that's big time."

Payton Youngblood scored 10 points for the Lady Tigers. Katie Byers added eight and Leksi Bailey had seven.

After losing 57-9 to Pocahontas in Monday's first-round game, the Lady Tigers fell 49-22 to Cassville, Mo., in the second round of Tuesday.

Payton Watson had six points against Cassville. Byers, Kelby Harness and Olivia Larimer all had four.

The Lady Tigers travel to Flippin on Friday night. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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