Lady Tigers beat Marshall in overtime on Senior Night

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Green Forest's Ashley Farrar puts up a shot in a game against Huntsville earlier this season.
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Senior night was a success for the Green Forest Lady Tigers, as they defeated the Marshall Lady Bobcats, 57-52, in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

"It was pretty fun," Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said. "We played really well against Valley on Friday and then to get the win on Saturday against Marshall is a good way to go into the district tournament."

The game was close throughout, as neither team led by more than eight points in the game. The Lady Tigers led for a majority of the game, but Marshall took a 40-38 lead midway through the fourth quarter after converting two three-point plays and making a three-pointer. Green Forest responded by taking a 47-44 lead, but a three-point play by Marshall in the final minute of the game made for some drama.

"It was 47-47 with about five seconds to go and they tried to press us," Farrar said. "We broke it and had Madison Smalley down there all by herself. They chased her down and fouled her. With two seconds to go, she had two free throws. Either one of them would have won it. That's a big spot for a sophomore to be in. She didn't make either one of them, so we had to go to overtime."

Smalley was able to redeem herself by making three key free throws late in the overtime period.

"Basically what it came down to was the one that they had been hounding Ashley (Farrar) with the whole time, we got her fouled out," Farrar said. "And the other one that had been doubling Ashley, we got her fouled out. And like I said, Madison got in and played a really good overtime."

Having played three games in three days, Farrar was proud of his team for showing so much energy against a good Marshall team.

"Thursday night (against Berryville) they came out and played a really good half and just didn't have any energy in the second half, which is understandable," Farrar said. "Friday night we had a lead on Valley Springs in the second quarter. Outside of about 15 seconds at the end of the second quarter, we would have taken a lead into halftime. The start of the third quarter, we were within two. We gave them all we wanted and then on Saturday, we came back and got the win. I couldn't tell you how proud I am of the boys and girls both."

Daisy Padilla and Farrar finished with 17 points each, while Kelsey Phillips had 15. On Tuesday, Green Forest will play Melbourne in the first round of the district tournament in Valley Springs.

"Melbourne hasn't lost a lot of ballgames this year," Farrar said. "I have been watching film on them and they are a really good team. They have won a lot of games for a reason. We have started putting our game plan together and it starts with how well we are engaged and how well we play defense. When we are locked in on that end, it's going to make it a lot easier for us and give us opportunities to get our scoring. It's like I told the girls this morning, it doesn't matter what anybody's record is right now. We are going to put our game plan in and go over there and give it our best chance."

Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Valley Springs 51, Green Forest 32

Green Forest has always struggled with Valley Springs. That struggle continued in a home loss on Friday evening, but Valley Springs had to fight until the very end to get a victory.

"I told the kids that this is the one team we haven't played well against, pretty much never," Farrar said. "For sure, the other two times this year we haven't. It was all we could do tonight. We missed some shots in the second half that we might not necessarily miss. We had some untimely missed free throws, but overall I am really proud of the kids."

Valley Springs jumped out to a 6-0 lead 40 seconds into the game, but Green Forest responded. Ashley Farrar scored eight points in the quarter and Valley Springs led 11-10 going into the second quarter. Green Forest led 19-18 with less than a minute remaining before halftime. Valley Springs' Brylee Graddy made back-to-back three-pointers as the half came to a close.

"We had a one point lead and then all of a sudden we have a bad defensive rotation and we are down five going into half," Farrar said. "We lost her twice. Out of all of her points, those weren't the ones that beat us, but they hurt the most."

Despite the disappointing end to the first half, Green Forest came out strong in the third quarter. Back-to-back three-points by Farrar trimmed the lead to one midway through the third quarter.

"Something we talked about was just staying in the game," Farrar said. "We were able to do that for three and a half quarters. It wasn't anywhere near a 19-point game."

Farrar finished the game with 18 points and Daisy Padilla had six.


Marshall 65, Green Forest 53

The Green Forest Tigers played with heart and energy in the final regular season game of the year on Fred Grim Gym, but that wasn't enough, as Marshall got a 12-point victory.

"The kids came out and played hard," Green Forest coach Donnie Smith said. "They got after it and played well. I was proud of them."

Marshall got out to a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Green Forest's Clayton Smith had eight points in the quarter, including two three-pointers. The Bobcats led 29-24 at halftime. Smith is proud of his team for playing until the end.

"We were a little fatigued, but the kids battled through," Smith said. "I think it kind of caught up to them in the third and fourth quarters, but we finished and I was proud of that."

Smith added nine more points in the third quarter, all coming on three-point attempts. Marshall led 44-37 going into the fourth quarter.

"The kids were tough," Smith said. "They held in there and played hard. They wanted to come out and make a strong showing. They wanted to show that they were united and show that they could fight through adversity. I think they did a good job of that."

Clayton Smith finished with 24 points, while Rhett Powell had nine and Hayden Bailey had seven. Green Forest played the No. 1 seed Clinton Yellowjackets in the first round of the district tournament on Monday in Valley Springs.

"We are going to have to play good defense on their best player and keep him from scoring," Smith said. "The best way to do that is keep him out of the paint and limit his touches. We are going to have to handle their defensive pressure. They like to change their defenses up quite a bit. We have went over that quite a bit so hopefully we will get our opportunities to score."

Valley Springs 67, Green Forest 37

The Green Forest Tigers suffered a 30-point home loss against Valley Springs on Friday, but coach Donnie Smith was proud of the way his team played.

"The kids played hard," Smith said. "If we get a couple of shots to fall at the right time, it might have kept it closer. There was a run there in the second quarter and third quarter that we just couldn't recover from."

Rhett Powell scored six points for Green Forest in the first quarter, but Valley Springs led 24-8. The second quarter was fast-paced as Valley Springs extended its lead to 47-24 going into halftime. Hayden Bailey scored eight points in the quarter.

"We aren't one of those run up and down type teams," Smith said. "We can't run with those guys. A couple of them want to do that. It's been a challenge reeling them back in and playing more of a set style offense to slow the game down, especially against those teams that like to run."

Valley Springs extended its lead to 66-32 going into the third quarter. Powell finished the game with 11 points and Adrian Serna had six.

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