Lady Bobcats get tested by GF

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

For anybody who is still wandering if the Green Forest Lady Tigers have truly made an improvement from a year ago, look no further than Saturday's 49-45 loss to Berryville. Yes, it's a loss, but the Berryville Lady Bobcats were one game away from playing for the class 4A state championship last season, while the Green Forest Lady Tigers didn't win one conference game.

"It's that one quarter that keeps biting us," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We just can't maintain that momentum. Every game we have had a lead, we just have to close one out."

The Lady Tigers led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Berryville made a run in the second quarter. That was spurred on in large part by Jeanessa Smith and Baylea Smith, who made a combined five three-pointers in the quarter.

"Baylea had a really good game for us," Berryville coach Daniel Cornelison said. "I thought Jeanessa played solid. She made some big threes for us."

Berryville led 25-20 at halftime and had a 15-point lead in the third quarter before the Lady Tigers attempted to make a comeback.

"We made it interesting," Farrar said. "We tied it in the fourth, but we made late-game mistakes and that cost us. Still, from where we were, to where we are now, it's encouraging."

While Cornelison is disappointed in how Berryville performed, he was glad to see that the Lady Bobcats were able to close the game out with a victory.

"We did figure out a way to win at the end against a team that was very determined to beat us," Cornelison said. "Give Green Forest all the credit in the world, but we have to get back in the gym and get to work."

The Lady Tigers have a home game against Kingston on Tuesday before playing Lead Hill on Wednesday in the Omaha Border Classic. Farrar knows this will be a difficult stretch of games for the Lady Tigers.

"All Kingston does is play basketball 365 days a year," Farrar said. "We have to be ready for them. Lead Hill is a lot like us. They have a couple of young players who can really play. We have some sickness at school, but we are just trying to play around it and not make excuses for it."

Berryville's Baylea Smith finished with 25 points in the game, while Jeanessa Smith had 12 and Kelcee Hopper had eight. Green Forest's Katie Byers had 16 points, while Ashley Farrar had 11 and Kelsey Phillips had seven.

Berryville travels to Marshall on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. On Thursday, the Lady Bobcats play Kingston as part of the Omaha Border Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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