Tigers continue to struggle offensively

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Offense hasn't been a strong suit for the Green Forest Lady Tigers this year. That continued Friday evening, in a 55-42 home loss to Yellville-Summit.

"We played really well for three quarters, it's just that one quarter that puts a kink in things for us," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said.

Green Forest (5-16) fell behind 11-6 at the end of the first quarter, but had trimmed the Lady Panther lead to 27-26 with seconds remaining before halftime. The Lady Panthers had the ball and got two offensive rebounds and made a shot at the buzzer to take a three-point lead going into halftime.

"We hadn't given up hardly any offensive rebounds to that point and that possession really hurt us going into halftime," Farrar said.

Midway through the third quarter, Green Forest trailed 33-30 when the Lady Panthers went on a run to seal the game.

"We reverted back to what we had been doing all year," Farrar said. "We were turning the ball over, not guarding them and playing sloppy basketball."

Yellville-Summit led 45-33 going into the fourth quarter. With the wide lead, the Lady Tigers began to lose hope.

"They started scoring inside and our heads got down a little bit," Farrar said. "From there, it got away from us. Their size got to us."

Green Forest hosts Bergman on Tuesday and travels to Valley Springs on Friday. Farrar knows this week won't be easy, but he feels like his team is getting better.

"No one is going to give it to you," Farrar said. "We have played a little bit better in this last week, but we just have to suck it up and keep pushing."

Kelsey Phillips scored 16 points for the Lady Tigers, while Ashley Farrar had 14 and Leksi Bailey had eight.

Tipoff against Bergman is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Yellville-Summit 51, Green Forest 32

The boys had even more trouble scoring than the girls did, going 1 of 20 from the three-point line.

"The big key for us was we just couldn't hit anything," Green Forest coach Brandon Stone said. "We made improvements in almost every other category, we just couldn't hit a shot. If we do that, it's a competitive game."

Stone knows having a game like this is bound to happen from time to time, but for it to happen on Friday is confusing.

"It's frustrating for something like that to happen," Stone said. "We had open looks, they just rimmed out."

Stone is quick to credit the Panthers for shutting Green Forest down in certain situations too, though.

"I give credit to their interior defense for a few shots we missed," Stone said. "We just missed a lot of shots and it's hard to win when you aren't hitting."

Stone did see some positives from Friday night's game, but he is ready to move on to Tuesday's game against Bergman.

"We ran a defense that we hadn't ran all year and executed it pretty well," Stone said. "We just have to get back to having fun. When you get close and can't get over the hump, it's frustrating. We have to relax and play. If we do that, I think some of those shots we missed will go in."

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