Lady Tigers come up just short against Huntsville
The Green Forest Lady Tigers got beat by 37 points at Huntsville a year ago. Even with a loss, things went much better on Tuesday evening, as Huntsville defeated Green Forest, 59-51. Ashley Farrar scored 34 points.
"They took the lead right at the end of the third quarter because their two good guards finally made a few threes," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We held them as long as we could and we lost them a few times. They made four or five threes in the second half. But we played really well. That was by far and away the best game we have played all year."
Green Forest led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter. Farrar had 11 of those points. The Lady Tigers held a 25-21 lead at halftime. Farrar had 17 points going into intermission.
"She probably played the game of her life," Farrar said. "She was by far and away the best player on the court last night. It really wasn't close."
The Lady Eagles scored 21 points in the third quarter to take a 42-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Farrar scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as Huntsville went 4 of 4 from the free throw line late in the game to seal the victory.
"They are very well-coached and they aren't going to beat themselves," Farrar said. "It was a few defensive miscues in the second half. We left people alone that we worked on, but they just have two girls that are just so skilled that it's hard to hold them down for the entire game. Other than Berryville, this is the first game that we didn't lose it. They beat us. They made the shots that they had to in order to beat us."
Farrar said he was very proud of the way his defense played throughout the night.
"Rachael Evans, she chased Maci Campbell around the entire night," Farrar said. "She did the best job she could. The only threes she made were off inbound plays. Daisy (Padilla) played really good defense and Kelsey (Phillips), Kassidy (Bell), Kendall (DeMeyer) and Madison (Smalley) all played good defense inside. Their posts have been dominating recently in the games they have played. At the tournament last weekend that they played over in Farmington, their posts dominated three teams. We held them to 11 points."
To go with Farrar's 34 points, Daisy Padilla scored 10 points. On Friday, Green Forest (4-8) travels to Deer. Farrar hopes to close out the semester with a win.
"We want to go into the break on a good note and go into the break playing like we are supposed to," Farrar said. "We have played like we are supposed to a lot of times, not just for a whole game. I want to see us put together back-to-back good games."
Huntsville 69, Green Forest 39
Things didn't go how Green Forest coach Donnie Smith hoped they would in Tuesday's game at Huntsville. Coming off the 30 point loss, he knows the Tigers have plenty to work on.
"We were just flat and didn't play well," Smith said. "It was a bad shooting night and in the second half, we couldn't score."
Huntsville led 18-15 at the end of the first quarter as Green Forest's Rhett Powell had 10 points in the quarter. The Eagles extended their lead to 35-23 at halftime.
"We didn't play good offense and we didn't play good defense," Smith said. "You need to be good in at least one of those areas because if you aren't, bad things happen."
Huntsville had a 51-31 lead going into the third quarter. Smith the Tigers can't be allowing 51 points through three quarters of play.
"Whatever we had planned for execution on defense, I don't think we stuck with it," Smith said. "We have to stick with our game plan and do a better job of blocking out on the boards."
That loss dropped Green Forest to 4-8. As Green Forest prepares to play at Deer on Friday, Smith knows it would be nice to get a win, but said it won't be easy.
"It would be great getting some confidence heading into Christmas break, but Deer is a pretty good opponent," Smith said. "They have some guards. Some pretty good size bodies. We are going to have to play well at their place to get one."
Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.