Tigers struggle against Kingston
It was a rough outing for the Green Forest Tigers on Saturday, as the Kingston Yellowjackets defeated the Tigers 59-36. Kingston got out to an early 20-8 lead and Green Forest was never able to catch up.
"We just came out flat," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "Didn't have a whole lot of energy. We have kind of been on that roller-coaster where we will play better one game and back down the next. We are just going in circles right now."
By halftime, the Yellowjackets had a 33-14 lead and Kingston's physicality was giving Green Forest trouble.
"They were throwing the ball inside on us and we weren't defending it very well," Stone said. "That's what got us, and we couldn't score. Rebounding is our biggest weakness right now and we weren't blocking out well enough. They were getting second-chance points and that hurt us."
Green Forest travels to Bergman on Tuesday. The Tigers will play St. Paul or Alpena on Wednesday in Omaha. As opposed to worrying about the scoreboard, Stone is worried about trying to fix the little things that are getting the Tigers beat.
"Not blocking out or losing our man on screens and cuts is what is getting us beat," Stone said. "On the offensive end, not setting good screens, not running our man off the screens and lazy passes. We have to fix those things before we start worrying about the scoreboard."
Tristan Snyder scored 13 points while Cory Bryant had eight and David Nelson and Ashley Henley each had four.
Kingston 77, Green Forest 43
Sometimes, things aren't as bad as they appear. The Green Forest Lady Tigers trailed Kingston 33-13 at the end of the first quarter.
"They can really shoot the ball," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said of Kingston. "They are kind of like Valley Springs in the fact that they don't want to play any defense, they just want to score and they can do it really well."
After the Lady Tigers gave up 33 points in the first quarter, Farrar said they stepped up and played much better in the second quarter, as the halftime score was 47-28.
"On the offensive side of the ball, we moved it around and got some shots we haven't been getting," Farrar said. "We are just having trouble converting those into points. Defensively, we played really well in the second quarter, it was just the first and third and fourth, we didn't play any."
Coming out of halftime, however, things changed.
"They just have a lot of good shooters and you can't be leaving them open because that will hurt you," Farrar said.
Farrar said he is glad to see gradual improvements and in Tuesday night's game at Bergman, he will get to see if the Lady Tigers have improved at breaking the press.
"Bergman is going to press us 100 percent of the time, so it will be a good test for us," Farrar said.