GF struggles with Valley Springs

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Valley Springs girls have had Green Forest's number for quite some time now. That continued Tuesday evening when Valley Springs got an 81-37 home victory.

"It's a mental thing when we start," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "The game started and the first three possessions we had layups that we just missed. It would have been at least 6-5. I'm not saying the game would have went the same way, but at that point in time we missed them and the next time we recovered it was 21-2."

Green Forest trimmed the lead to 34-17, but Valley Springs made 12 three-pointers for the game, which made it difficult for Green Forest to make any kind of comeback.

"Once we didn't make our easy ones and they got away from us, those shots became easier for them and it was just like shooting fish in a barrel," Farrar said. "They shot us under a rug in the second half."

Green Forest's Kelsey Phillips scored 19 points in the game, which Farrar said is great, but she needs to have help around her.

"It's good for her, but we are still trying to find a game where her and Ashley (Farrar) and Daisy (Padilla) and the rest of them are all on the same page at the same time," Farrar said. "They just haven't been able to put it together all in the same game this year, but you aren't going to beat a team when they were as hot as they were from the three-point line in that game."

Farrar said it's important Green Forest get over the mental hump of playing Valley Springs.

"Right now we have a mental block. There is just no other way to put it," Farrar said. "When we see the words ‘Valley Springs’ written on their chest, we just don't show up ready to play."

On Friday, Green Forest plays at Marshall. Farrar said it's important his team bounce back to get the victory.

"We have no choice but to keep our head down and move forward," Farrar said. "Marshall is a big conference game for us. We can still put ourselves in a position of where we want to be."

Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Valley Springs 77, Green Forest 38

The Green Forest Tigers knew it would be important to slow down Lawson Jenkins in Tuesday night's game against Valley Springs. Green Forest struggled to do that as Jenkins scored 35 points, 25 of which came in the first half.

"Lawson had a heck of a game," Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said. "Everything he put up was going in that night. He shot really good. We had trouble containing him because they did a good job of driving him on the same side as their really good shooter, so it was either two points or three points. We couldn't help off that shooter, so we gave up a lot of twos and a lot of shots from Jenkins because we wouldn't rotate and help. He had a good night."

Valley Springs led 30-10 at the end of the first quarter. Jenkins had 20 points. Valley Springs extended that lead to 49-16 at halftime. Jenkins is one of the best players Green Forest will go up against this season. Smith said his team can learn a lot from facing such a talented player.

"We will use this as a tool to get better in terms of guarding and containing different levels of players," Smith said. "The better ones, you have to do a better job and have a better rotation."

Valley Springs led 67-29 going into the fourth quarter. Clayton Smith finished the game with nine points, while Billy Butler scored eight and Hayden Bailey had six.

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