Big lead slips away from GF

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It was another great effort by the Green Forest Tiger basketball team on Tuesday, but the Tigers fell short in an 81-57 loss at Omaha.

"Overall, the kids played harder than they did against Western Grove," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "We made more shots, but they made more free throws than we attempted."

The Eagles made 22 free throws on 34 attempts and the Tigers were 8-11 from the free throw line. Stone said the free throw discrepancy wasn't because the Tigers weren't being aggressive.

"We were attacking the basket," Stone said. "Our field goal percentage was a lot better. We were playing aggressively on defense, but getting some cheap fouls. If we clean that up, we will be OK."

Omaha led Green Forest 21-12 at the end of the first quarter and had a 41-30 lead at halftime. While Stone is proud of the effort the Tigers showed, he knows there is work to be done.

"The big thing for us is cleaning up some of the sloppy play on the offensive end," Stone said. "We aren't executing the play and running it all the way through every time like we should."

Even with less than four minutes to go in the game, Green Forest was within 12 points before Omaha went on a run to end the game.

"I felt like we were in the game the whole way," Stone said. "They scored a few cheap buckets at the end. We went for a few steals and they made a few baskets off that."

Luis Lopez finished the game with 13 points, while Rhett Williamson and Gabriel Ramos had 11. Cory Bryant had 10 and Conner Glassell had eight. This is something that Stone is glad to see.

"Several guys scoring six points and up is something good to see," Stone said. "If we have that going on a consistent basis, we will be successful this year."

As part of the Omaha Border Classic, the Tigers will face Omaha once again on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Omaha 59, Green Forest 48

In recent years, it has been the Lady Tigers facing an early 20-point deficit. On Tuesday, it was Green Forest that got out to a 28-8 lead over Omaha. Sadly, the Lady Tigers were unable to keep that lead for the rest of the game.

"We played for about as well as we could have in that first half, but then we started pressing and playing tight," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "In all of the other games we had been in, they had been close until the end. Getting up by 20 points early, we didn't know how to handle it."

The Lady Tigers put up 34 points in the first half and had a 34-22 lead at halftime. Farrar was glad to see the first-half performance; he just wants to see the Lady Tigers put two halves of basketball together.

"Everything in the first half went in for us and that is great," Farrar said. "When those shots stop falling, what happened? We became tight. The defense let us down."

Midway through the third quarter, Omaha took the lead. Green Forest kept it close throughout the fourth quarter, but was unable to recapture the lead.

Farrar said these losses are difficult for the girls but he continues to tell them to hold their heads up.

"These are really hard lessons for the girls to learn, but the girls are getting there," Farrar said. "We would love to be 6-0, but everyone can see the potential that we have and that's exciting."

Ashley Farrar finished the game with 22 points, while Leksi Bailey had 12 and Katie Byers had seven.

As part of the Omaha Border Classic, Green Forest will play Berryville. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

"Playing Berryville will give us a chance to prove we are moving in the right direction," Farrar said. "I want to go against good competition and be put in that position. It will certainly be a good test for us."

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