Power play helps Lady Tigers top Lady Patriots
GREEN FOREST -- The game of basketball is meant to be played 5-on-5. That is, unless too many players foul out for one team.
That's what happened Monday evening when the Green Forest Lady Tigers defeated the Bruno-Pyatt Lady Patriots 34-29 in the Queens of the Court Classic.
The Lady Tigers led 29-23 with 6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter when the first Lady Patriot fouled out. Since Bruno-Pyatt only dressed five players, there was nobody to take her place.
Green Forest played 5-on-4 for the next three minutes, until another Lady Patriot fouled out with 3:33 remaining. The Lady Tigers led 32-27 at that point and had a 5-on-3 advantage for the remainder of the game.
"They probably made three, maybe four baskets that weren't free throws," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "It is frustrating to have them trapped in the corner and commit a silly foul. We kept them in the game."
Bruno-Pyatt cut it to a one-possession game with less than a minute remaining, but two Payton Youngblood free throws ended the game.
"A win is a win," Farrar said. "I know it is one of the oldest cliches, but I would rather win and look bad than lose and look good."
Youngblood had seven points in the win while Katie Byers and Kelsey Phillips each had six.
Gentry 59, Green Forest 15
The Lady Pioneers got out to an early 9-0 lead in a second-round game before Katie Byers made a 15-foot jumper. Kelby Harness added a free throw as the quarter came to a close and Gentry led 25-3.
"They were a big, physical team," Farrar said. "But we didn't want to drive it inside with them."
Michelle Perez added four points in the second quarter while Byers and Harness each added two. Kelsey Phillips and Perez each added a bucket in the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers played St. Joe on Thursday.