Despite loss, Stone is proud of Tigers
GREEN FOREST -- When playing one of the best teams from your conference, it isn't as much about the score, as the effort. That is what Green Forest coach Brandon Stone was looking for Tuesday night when the Tigers lost to the Marshall Bobcats, 50-23.
Marshall got out to a 21-6 lead at the end of the first quarter as Bryce Nicholson and Garrett Harris combined for 14 of Marshall's 21 points.
"We were making them take tough, contested shots, but they were going in, so hats off to them," Stone said.
After pressing for a majority of the first half, the Bobcats led 28-11. Stone is proud of the way his team handled the press, though.
"Once we got the guys in the right positions and in the middle of the floor, and we started attacking, it was there and it didn't bother us much," Stone said. "If we can get to the right spots, presses shouldn't bother us a whole lot because we are so guard-oriented."
A late third quarter three-pointer put Marshall up by 30 going into the final quarter, thus putting the sportsmanship rule into effect, but Stone is still pleased with how the Tigers played.
"We came out and fought," Stone said. "We didn't back down from them. It shows a lot of guts from our kids. I know we came up on the short end, but they fought their tails off and they didn't give up. We are finally starting to show some progress. We aren't going up and down; we are finally starting to get better every game."
Ashley Henley led the Tigers with six points while David Nelson and Michael Blach each had four.
The Tigers played Omaha on Wednesday in the Green Forest Holiday Tournament.
Marshall 52, Green Forest 21
Anytime a team has more turnovers than shot attempts, it is a recipe for disaster. The Green Forest Lady Tigers created that dreadful recipe Tuesday evening when the Marshall Lady Bobcats came to town.
"I do think the defense is getting better," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We have done a better job of boxing out and rebounding over the last two games, but none of that is going to matter if we don't stop turning the ball over. We can't turn the ball over at the rate we are and stay in games."
Marshall got out to an early 10-0 lead before Kelby Harness made the first Green Forest basket midway through the first quarter. Vanessa Perez and Brook Wilson added baskets in the second quarter for the Lady Tigers as Marshall led 29-8 at halftime. Harness added four more points in the third quarter and Kelsey Phillips had seven. The Lady Bobcats led 44-17 going into the fourth quarter.
"We work on the same things everyday," Farrar said. "It's a little bit of the ball-handling that we are nervous about when there is traffic around, but it's the decision making skills that must improve."
On Friday, the Lady Tigers host Berryville. Junior high action starts at 4:30 p.m.