Green Forest looking to improve during the offseason

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Green Forest's Rhett Powell goes up for a layup in a game earlier this year.
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Both Green Forest basketball teams are looking to improve off seasons in which they finished with losing records.

Girls coach Kyle Farrar said it has been difficult to make improvements so far this summer because not everyone has been there at the same time.

"It's been a mixture of things so far," Farrar said. "I still have a few that are out with injuries and a couple that are out with Girls State. I haven't had everybody there for a practice yet. It might be July before I get everyone healthy and back."

Boys coach Donnie Smith said his team won't participate in any team camps until July, but they are still staying busy.

"We are coming in to do summer workouts and we are holding practices," Smith said. "Right now, we are hoping to discover who we are as a team and continue to improve on our skills. Just getting to know each other a little bit better."

Smith added that while he has yet to have a practice with the entire team in attendance, he has been impressed with the progress he has seen.

"The ones that have been there have gotten a little bit more consistent in scoring and understanding their reads off of offense and defense," Smith said. "Hopefully we can keep doing that."

After losing two starters to graduation in Kelsey Phillips and Rachael Evans, Farrar said he has been finding ways to reshuffle the lineup during the offseason.

"We have been going over some new things," Farrar said. "We are trying to put everyone together on the court because we gained some pieces and lost some pieces. We are trying to get everyone acclimated to the spots they are going to be playing in, but it's tough when you don't have everybody out on the court."

Rhett Powell, Clayton Smith and Carter Boggs all return for the Tigers this season and that is one reason why Smith expects to see an improvement in the coming season.

"We definitely have some junior high kids that are coming up who will have to help and contribute," Smith said. "Hopefully by going through camps, they will see the difference in junior high and senior high and what they need to improve on as a player to make that transition from junior high to senior high."

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