Poor second half leads to loss for GF

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A 41-9 victory more closely resembles a football score than a basketball score, but this 32-point victory at the Queens of the Court Tournament was how much the Green Forest Lady Tigers beat Bruno-Pyatt by in the Queens of the Court Tournament on Wednesday evening in Green Forest.

A basket by Kelsey Phillips midway through the first quarter gave the Lady Tigers an 8-2 lead and Ashley Farrar's three-pointer extended that lead to 12-2.

The Lady Tigers led 17-2 at the end of the first quarter. Farrar, Madison Smalley, Kassidy Bell and Phillips all scored baskets in the second quarter to take a 25-2 lead into halftime.

Daisy Padilla, Rachael Evans and Kendall Demeyer each added a basket in the third quarter to help give the Lady Tigers a 38-4 lead going into the fourth quarter.

West Fork 48, Green Forest 45

The first game of the year didn't go according to plan for the Green Forest Lady Tigers. Tied at 40-40 with 3:02 remaining in the game, West Fork's Joei Hasse-Selvidge made a three-pointer. After an empty possession for Green Forest, Hasse-Selvidge made one of two free throws to extend the lead to four. On the ensuing Green Forest possession, Farrar was fouled as she was driving to the basket. She made both free throws, trimming the lead to two. West Fork's Brianna Barger was fouled with 1:06 remaining and she made one of two free throws to keep it a one possession game. Phillips was fouled for Green Forest and she made both foul shots with 43 seconds remaining. After a West Fork turnover, Farrar missed a 10-footer with 3 seconds left, but the ball went off of a West Fork player. However, West Fork stole the inbounds pass and scored as time expired.

"Overall, I was really pleased," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We played a little bit harder and executed better in the first half. We had an 11- or 12-point lead there in the first half and just had a really bad defensive third quarter."

Green Forest led 27-19 at halftime, thanks in large part to 17 points from Phillips. Farrar added eight. Green Forest allowed West Fork to get back in the game in the fourth quarter, though, by scoring 19 points and taking a 38-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.

"It wasn't the start to the season that this team wanted," Farrar said. "We expected and wanted to win. It's a different mindset with this team than it has been in the past. We don't want to win, we expect to win and we should have closed that one out tonight."

Phillips finished the game with 23 points, while Farrar had 14 and Padilla had six.

Green Forest played Greenland Thursday night.

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