Lady Tigers come up just short
The Green Forest Lady Tigers put up a valiant effort, but came up short in a 46-42 home loss against Omaha on Tuesday night.
"We didn't give it to them, they earned it," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "They deserved it. They made every shot. We had some free throws that we could have made, but didn't. We had some loose turnovers, but these kids fought incredibly hard. These kids kept fighting. It's a game that I believe we should have won and could have won."
Green Forest got out to a 6-3 lead, but Omaha closed the first quarter on an 11-4 run and led 18-10 midway through the second quarter. Green Forest's Ashley Farrar and Madison Smalley helped close the halftime lead to 23-20.
Omaha extended its lead to eight as the third quarter started, but back-to-back baskets trimmed the lead to three. A basket from Farrar as the quarter came to a close cut Omaha’s lead to 34-28 going into the fourth quarter. A basket by Kiara Taylor trimmed the lead to three with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but Omaha was 6 of 8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes.
"Before Thanksgiving, we are 2-3," Farrar said. "We would like it to be better than that, but outside of a bad shooting night against Lincoln, every game has been nip and tuck. We could have easily won them. I like where we are at. I preach to the girls all the time that it's not about playing your best basketball in November. We want to be playing the best we can in February."
On Monday, Green Forest will play Lead Hill in the Omaha Border Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Omaha 68, Green Forest 40
The Omaha Eagles scored quickly and often Tuesday night. The Eagles got out to a 20-2 lead in the first quarter, as Garrett Matlock and Seth Lippe combined to score 12 points inside. Omaha found plenty of success all night scoring inside the paint and Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said it's important his team become more physical.
"I can't put them on the racks and stretch them," Smith said. "We just have to be more aggressive with our guards and make it more difficult to make those passes inside. It's hard to guard bigs when you don't have a lot of bigs."
Omaha led 42-10 going into halftime, but coming out of the break the Tigers were able to get some things going offensively. Rhett Powell scored nine points in the third quarter and Brandon Burdge added seven. Omaha led 62-32 going into the third quarter before getting the 28-point victory.
"Hopefully we are moving in the right direction and we can keep getting better to improve on some things so we can get better once district play starts," Smith said.
Powell finished with 13 points, while Burdge scored 11 and Carter Boggs scored four.
On Monday, Green Forest will take on Lead Hill in the Omaha Border Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.