GF's Farrar, Phillips combine for 50 points in victory
The Green Forest Lady Tigers got a 58-40 home win on Friday night over Western Grove to improve to 3-2 on the season. Ashley Farrar scored 27 points in the game and Kelsey Phillips added 23.
"We are trying to get those two to where they are consistently like that," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "They both have the ability to get points in bunches. I don't know that we are going to get 50 combined points every game, but when we do it increases our chances a lot. If they are both engaged, that gives us two kids that are pretty hard to stop."
The Lady Tigers got out to a 15-1 lead, but Western Grove responded and cut the lead to 18-14. Farrar was glad to see his team respond positively, as Green Forest led 28-20 at halftime.
"They have one pretty good player," Farrar said, referring to Hailey Woods. "She is a sophomore and we let her go off for about 18 points in the first half because we kept losing her. Every shot she shot went in so we had to have some conversations about a few adjustments that we were not doing correctly. She only had four points in the second half."
Last year if the Lady Warriors had made a 13-3 run in the first half, Farrar said his team might have responded differently so even though the Lady Tigers went through the second-quarter lull, he is glad they responded well.
"It's a process going through everything," Farrar said. "We went through these last year and we weren't able to right the ship. We had a lot of big leads last year and once they made a run at us, we couldn't stop them. This year, we are able to come back and get it under control, we just haven't figured out how to keep those runs from happening."
Green Forest plays a home game with Omaha before heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. Farrar said it would be great having some momentum when the Lady Tigers come back next week.
"We have four or five days to enjoy off and we want to do that coming off a couple wins," Farrar said. "That is what our focus is. We don't want anyone coming into our house and beating us. We had a good practice this morning and hopefully we will have another one tomorrow and come out ready to play tomorrow night."
Kassidy Bell finished the game with five points and Rachael Evans had five. Tipoff against Omaha is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Western Grove 44, Green Forest 34
It's difficult to win a basketball game when you commit 20 more fouls than the other team and four of your starters foul out. That is the adversity that the Green Forest Tigers faced on Friday night, but despite that, they still nearly came away with a victory.
"The kids played hard," Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said. "They played pretty good defense. We are still figuring out how to execute the offense. That was a problem because we weren't getting our guys open where they needed to be."
Green Forest had a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and the Tigers were tied with Western Grove at 27-27 going into halftime. Brandon Burdge and Rhett Powell each had 10 points in the first half. After giving up 60 points against Gentry to start the year, Smith was impressed with the defensive effort the Tigers played with on Friday.
"It's something we still have to work on, but I liked the overall improvement," Smith said.
Western Grove led 33-32 as the third quarter came to a close and the Warriors outscored Green Forest 11-2 to close the game. Smith hopes the Tigers are able to play well against Omaha on Tuesday.
"Hopefully we can work on defense and limit the number of times they get to the rim," Smith said. "Keep them from scoring 30 points in the first quarter because I have seen them do that a couple of times. And then offensively, take care of the ball and not turn the ball over."
Burdge finished the game with 12 points, while Powell had 10 and Carter Boggs had six.