GF falls short against Marshall

Friday, January 19, 2018

There were several lead changes in Friday evening's game at Marshall. Unfortunately, for the Green Forest Lady Tigers, it was Marshall that held the lead when the final buzzer sounded.

"There was a stretch in the third quarter where we let them get some open shots and they managed to get up by 11," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "Outside of that three-minute stretch of the game, I think the biggest lead of the game for anybody was three."

Marshall played a box and two defense against the Lady Tigers, which limited Ashley Farrar from getting as many looks at the basket. She was still able to score six points and hand out six assists.

"That's not the first time that we have seen it, but I didn't expect anybody in our conference to go that far and do it," Farrar said. "She still handled it real well. They just hit six threes in the game and we only made one. That was the real difference in the game."

With less than a minute to go, Green Forest trailed 45-44 and was attempting to foul. After failing to commit the foul, a Marshall player was wide open under the basket for an easy layup.

"It looks like on film that we committed a foul two or three times, but they didn't call a foul," Farrar said. "Once they got past halfcourt, we kind of quit playing because we thought we had fouled. Their point guard found a girl underneath the basket being unguarded and she passed to her and she made it to make it 47-44. And then we came down the floor and turned it over. They came down, made an and-one. That made it 50-44 and from there it was over."

Green Forest and Marshall was tied at 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Bobcats took a 26-22 lead into halftime. Marshall extended that lead to 36-29 going into the fourth quarter. Farrar said it's important for Green Forest to forget about this loss.

"We have Berryville coming here on Tuesday and they present matchup problems for everybody," Farrar said. "We are going to see what we can do there. And then we have Huntsville on Friday for homecoming. The good thing is, they are both at home."

Rachael Evans led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 13 points, while Kelsey Phillips had nine and Daisy Padilla had seven.

Marshall 74, Green Forest 40

Things didn't go so well for the Green Forest Tigers as they suffered a 34-point loss on Friday night at Marshall.

"We didn't shoot very well," Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said. "We missed a lot of shots. We had a lot of opportunities, we just could make shots and they made theirs. They jumped out, took the lead and just kept going."

Green Forest is winless since Christmas break and Smith said the Tigers are still trying to find their way, both offensively and defensively.

"The guys are just trying to get in a rhythm and do what it takes to play together," Smith said. "They are still struggling with that and adjusting from the personnel changes."

Having two home games this week with Berryville and Huntsville, Smith hopes to see somme progress in the right direction.

"Hopefully we will shoot a little better, but unfortunately we will have to be on our game because we are playing two of the better teams in the conference," Smith said. "Against Berryville, we will have to play well and handle their pressure. That will be tough on us."

Tuesday's tipoff with Berryville is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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