Farrar scores 30 in win over Lead Hill
The Green Forest Lady Tigers got a 61-54 opening-round win against Lead Hill in the Omaha Border Classic on Monday thanks in large part to junior Ashley Farrar scoring 30 points.
"They have one really good player, and another one that's not too bad and we kind of let her get some open looks there in the second half," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "That's what kept them in the game, but Ashley had one of those games where she was hot in the second half. We rode her coattails offensively and made enough plays late to close it out."
Farrar was 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and coach Kyle Farrar credits Kelsey Phillips, Rachael Evans and others for making winning plays late.
"It was one of those games that I never felt like the game was ever truly in danger, but it was never very comfortable," Farrar said. Anytime we would get up by 10 or 11, we would go silly and they would score a couple shots to get it within six or seven. It was good that we responded when they got close."
Green Forest led 23-19 at the end of the first half, but Farrar had 13 points in the third quarter to help give Green Forest a 44-36 lead entering the fourth quarter. Phillips finished the game with 12 points and Kendall Demeyer had 10.
Kingston 57, Green Forest 42
Kingston didn't let Ashley Farrar get the open looks she got against Lead Hill and as a result things didn't go as well for the Lady Tigers on Tuesday evening.
"Their game plan was to do everything they possibly could to keep the ball out of Ashley's hands," Kyle Farrar said. "They had two or three people on her at all times and we didn't step up in other areas."
Kingston led 16-3 early and took a 30-25 lead into halftime. Kelsey Phillips had 12 points in the half, but because of foul trouble there were a number of girls who had to step up and play off the bench.
"The ones who are coming off the bench are all sophomores," Farrar said. "Every senior high game that they are in, they get more and more comfortable. We are going to take our lumps when they are learning, but they are playing really well for sophomores stepping up in big situations."
The Lady Yellowjackets extended their lead to 42-34 going into the fourth quarter before getting the 15-point victory.
On Thursday, Green Forest played Berryville in the semifinals of the Omaha Border Classic, a game that Farrar is looking forward to.
"It's a good test because they have everything that you need," Farrar said. "It's going to push us to our limits with their size and athleticism. Every day we are going to try to go out and get better. We are going to line up our five. They are going to line up their five and we are going to see what happens."