Lady Tigers get important win

Friday, January 26, 2018
Green Forest's Rachael Evans puts up a contested shot against Huntsville Friday night.
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The Green Forest Lady Tigers had been looking for a breakthrough win all season and that might have finally occurred with Friday night's 34-33 homecoming victory against Huntsville.

"It looked a lot like a lot of the games we have had this year, but we were finally able to get over the hump," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "That's the biggest win these kids have ever had. Regardless of the Huntsville team they sent out there, it still said Huntsville across their chest. For our kids to make the plays at the end, throughout the game and close it out was enormous."

A Madison Smalley basket gave Green Forest a 33-30 lead with 2:36 remaining in the game. After an empty possession for Huntsville, Ashley Farrar made one of two free throws to give Green Forest a four-point lead with 1:31 to go. Huntsville was fouled on its next trip down the court and the Lady Eagles also made one of two free throws. Farrar was fouled with 50 seconds left and missed two free throws. A Huntsville basket trimmed the lead to one with 33 seconds remaining. Green Forest turned the ball over and the Lady Eagles had a chance to win it, but Green Forest stole the ball from Huntsville and ran out the clock to preserve the victory.

"We are guarding pretty consistently," Farrar said. "The kids are playing pretty hard on the defensive end night in and night out. And that travels everywhere. Kelsey (Phillips) and Rachael (Evans) had a rough shooting night, but they never quit playing defense. Rachael never quit chasing Maci Campbell all over the floor. The only points she had was a three-pointer to start the second half. She is their best scorer and we were able to lock in on her."

Green Forest led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Farrar scored all nine of Green Forest's points in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers extended their lead to 19-16. Kendall DeMeyer converted on a three-point play midway through the third quarter and Farrar made a shot at the buzzer to give Green Forest a 26-24 lead entering the fourth quarter. Daisy Padilla made a three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, giving Green Forest a three-point lead.

"Ashley had it going," Farrar said. "Her ears perk up when she hears Huntsville. She has played against those kids a lot and she likes the coaches over there. She had it going for most of the game. And Daisy's shot, it banked in. But it's the first three-pointer I can remember us banking in all year and I bet we have had at least 10 or 15 banked in on us. And some of them in really big situations. For the first time this year, it worked out for us."

Farrar finished the night with 22 points.

Boys

Huntsville 72, Green Forest 38

Defense continues to be a problem for the Green Forest Tigers.

"Defensively, they still haven't bought in 100 percent," Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said after Friday’s loss to Huntsville. "We are struggling getting any kind of stops."

Huntsville scored 25 points in the first quarter, but the Tigers put up 16 and Smith said it was good to see the offense play well early.

"We did some good things early, we just can't seem to keep capitalizing on that," Smith said. "They can't seem to capitalize on keeping the momentum moving their way and progressing."

Huntsville finished with 43 points in the first half and led by 17. The Tigers made six three-pointers in the half.

"They shot the ball a little bit better in the first half than they had been, they just couldn't keep it going in the second half," Smith said. "We missed several and in part to Huntsville's defense, they stepped it up a little bit and limited those threes."

Green Forest's Rhett Powell scored six points in the second half and finished with 11. Hayden Bailey finished with 10, while Billy Butler had seven. On Tuesday, Green Forest travels to Blue Eye, Mo. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Girls

Bergman 41, Green Forest 32

The Lady Tigers had a quick turnaround, as they had to play Bergman at home less than 24 hours after their big win over Huntsville. Bergman also had a big win on Friday night at Marshall and Farrar said both teams were exhausted from the night before.

"You could tell it was a Saturday afternoon game," Farrar said. "Both teams shot the ball awfully. We had more shots at it, we just couldn't make them. We didn't have any legs."

Green Forest trailed 8-2 at the end of the first quarter and 14-4 in the second quarter. The Lady Tigers trimmed the lead to 32-29, but were unable to take the lead.

"It was one of those games where we put ourselves behind the eight-ball with fouls," Farrar said. "They were 25 of 36 from the foul line and we were 11 of 17. We just couldn't make that up."

Green Forest (8-15) will host Berryville on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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