GF puts up valiant fight against Marshall

Friday, February 10, 2017

Green Forest basketball coach Brandon Stone is continuing to see improvements, but as the district tournament starts next week it is important to start seeing positive results on the scoreboard.

There were no positive results shown on Tuesday evening in Marshall, as the Bobcats defeated Green Forest, 68-46.

"Overall, I thought we played them pretty tough," Stone said. "We did much better on the boards last night than we did the first time we played them. They are the No. 1 seed heading into the district tournament, and to play them and do those things in their place is pretty good."

Marshall led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and the Bobcats extended their halftime lead to 32-24.

"I thought we played extremely hard that first half," Stone said. "We played right with them and our kids were doing what they had to do. We did have a couple of kids in foul trouble. That hurt us a little bit, but our bench guys came in and did an excellent job for us."

Marshall had a 49-33 lead going into the fourth quarter. Stone knows the Tigers have plenty of things to work on offensively as the season comes to a close. Green Forest went 1-for-17 from the three-point line.

"We have to learn to take smarter shots," Stone said. "Instead of taking rushed three-pointers, we have to take smarter shots. Just be more patient on offense and work the ball inside. And then get our threes on kickouts as opposed to off-the-dribble, rushed shots. The one thing we are really struggling with is shot selection from the outside.

Green Forest will close the regular season on Friday with a home game against Berryville.

"It would be nice for these seniors, to take them out with a win on their last regular season game on their home floor against their rival," Stone said. "It would mean a lot to them. It would mean a lot to the fans. Like I told the guys, the seeds are set for districts, so just relax and go play basketball."

Green Forest will play Marshall once again in the first round of the district tournament on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m in Mountain View.

Rhett Powell scored 17 points, while Luis Lopez had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Marshall 44, Green Forest 40

Things went well for the Green Forest Lady Tigers during the first 30 minutes of Tuesday night's game against Marshall. Sadly, the final two minutes went poorly.

"We played pretty well," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We did a lot of things well, the shots just didn't consistently fall for us."

Ashley Farrar scored five points in the first quarter as the Lady Tigers led 9-7 at the end of the first quarter. Kelsey Phillips and Daisy Padilla each added four more in the second as the Lady Tigers led 18-16 going into halftime.

"We have proven we can play with anyone," Farrar said. "They just haven't been in situations in the past where they have to close out games."

Green Forest led 29-27 going into the fourth quarter. After the tough loss to Marshall, Farrar said it's important to focus on the future, as Green Forest finishes the regular season with a home game against Berryville on Friday and faces Valley Springs in the first round of the district tournament on Tuesday in Mountain View.

"We just have to improve from the first two times we have played Valley," Farrar said. "We will just take our chances with what we have from here on out."

Farrar finished the game with 12 points, while Padilla had 11 and Phillips had eight.

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