GF gets big win to start year
The Green Forest Lady Tigers have had trouble closing out games for the last several years. Green Forest finally closed one out Thursday night in a 53-44 victory against the Greenland Pirates in the Queens of the Court Tournament.
"We went kind of silly there in the fourth quarter," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "They tied it up when we had a nine-point lead and last year we would have lost that game. We had several big leads last year and just could not finish. When they made that big run on us, we responded. That was really exciting to see because that means the kids are starting to grow up and understand what it takes to finish a game."
The Lady Tigers led 43-34 midway through the fourth quarter, but Greenland roared back to tie the game at 43-43 with 2:57 remaining in the game. Two baskets by Daisy Padilla and two free throws from Padilla gave the Lady Tigers a 49-43 edge with a minute remaining. Padilla and Ashley Farrar made two free throws apiece down the stretch to get the nine point victory.
"Daisy hit a lot of big shots and played an all-around really good game," Farrar said. "It was also probably the best game I have ever seen Rachael Evans play. There were a lot of people that played really well and that is encouraging."
Farrar scored the first five points of the game for Green Forest, as the Lady Tigers led 5-4 early. Farrar finished with nine first-quarter points, but the Lady Pirates led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The game was tied at 20-20 heading into halftime. Evans started the second half scoring early and and often. She had seven points in the quarter and Green Forest took a 33-30 lead into the third quarter. A three-point play by Kelsey Phillips gave the Lady Tigers a nine-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Farrar finished the game with 18 points, while Padilla had 14 and Phillips had 10.
Lincoln 61, Green Forest 39
As well as things went for the Lady Tigers on Thursday, that is how poorly they went on Saturday in the consolation championship game. Farrar was the bright spot, as she finished the game with 28 points.
"She had it going, but it was just one of those games where nobody could hit anything else," Farrar said. "Sometimes you go through those things because they hit every shot they threw up there. I'm going to give them all the credit in the world because they played really well. They shot the ball really well. I wouldn't say they guarded us really well because we got about any look we wanted in the first half; we just didn't make very many of them."
Even with the losses to West Fork and Lincoln, Farrar said it was a good week for Green Forest.
"We obviously should have beaten West Fork, we just let that one slip out of our hands," Farrar said. "And we didn't quit battling against Lincoln. It was a good start for us and we just have to keep it rolling."
Phillips scored seven points.