GF tired after five games in six days
Three players scored in double figures for the Green Forest Tigers en route to a 58-25 home win over Lead Hill on Friday.
"The kids played hard," Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said. "We did a pretty good job on defense by holding Lead Hill in check on their scoring. Part of it was they were missing some shots, but I would like to think a part of it was because of us and making it difficult to get the shots they wanted."
Green Forest got out to a great start, leading 18-4 at the end of the first quarter. Green Forest extended that lead to 32-13 going into halftime.
"We did a good job of making our shots and executing plays," Smith said. "We ran the floor well, as well."
Green Forest led 47-21 going into the fourth quarter. Billy Butler finished the game with 15 points, while Rhett Powell had 12 and Hayden Bailey had 10.
Lead Hill 47, Green Forest 42
It's tough to win a game when you aren't putting the ball in the basket and Green Forest (4-7) experienced this firsthand Friday night.
"We didn't have enough players to make a shot and then when it got to the second half, nobody could make a shot," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We didn't turn it over a great deal, but when we did Kaya Huebner took advantage. She scored 27 and a large majority were nothing but turnovers and layups, which good for her. She is a good player and we let her dominate the game."
A layup by Ashley Farrar trimmed the Lead Hill lead to 42-40 with a minute to go in the game, but free throws down the stretch by Lead Hill sealed the game.
"We had our chances at the end, Farrar said. "We had several opportunities to take the lead and just couldn't make an easy one. The Huebner girl made eight straight free throws at the end to win."
Green Forest led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, but gave up 15 points in the second quarter and trailed 22-15 at halftime.
Farrar knows it's important that his team get better at shooting, but he knows that will take time and patience.
"There isn't a magic pill that can fix it right off the bat, it's just something that we have to keep working on and the kids have to dedicate time to it," Farrar said. "Once we get out there, I can't help them. They are the ones that have to put the ball in the basket when they get their opportunities. The only way you are going to get comfortable with that is by taking enough shots in the gym."
Farrar finished the game with 18 points and Kelsey Phillips had 10.
Lincoln 54, Green Forest 42
Having played five games in six days, the Tigers had trouble finding energy in Saturday's third-place game at the Green Forest Holiday Tournament. Rhett Powell finished the game with 26 points.
"We started off pretty good, but kind of went flat," Smith said. "We got in foul trouble and just struggled to get in any kind of fluid offense. Part of that was Lincoln's defense making things difficult on us, but we struggled a little bit on Saturday."
Green Forest led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter and had a 19-15 lead. This is when Smith believes being on the court so much last week caught up to Green Forest.
"Playing five games in a week is a lot of games for the kids to play over six days," Smith said. "They had a game every single night except Tuesday."
Lincoln scored 13 points in the third quarter to take a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Green Forest was outscored 26-15 in the fourth quarter.
Smith said Green Forest (4-7) learned a lot from last week’s busy schedule.
"They got much better at changing plays and changing defenses during games," Smith said. "I think they did a good overall job on adjusting to defenses."
Green Forest travels to Huntsville on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.