Lady Tigers beat Shiloh in opener
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Lady Tigers won just eight games last season, but that total could easily have been higher as they lost eight games by five points or fewer.
With several key players returning with an added year of experience, Coach Kyle Farrar is optimistic that the Lady Tigers can improve on that mark this season.
So far, so good.
Green Forest opened the season with a 44-33 victory over Shiloh Christian on Monday in the first round of the Lady Tigers’ Queens of the Court Tournament at the Grim Gym.
Senior guard Ashley Farrar, the coach’s daughter, led the way for Green Forest with 27 points.
Kyle Farrar said he was pleased with his team’s performance, especially its defensive effort and rebounding despite a size disadvantage against the Lady Saints.
“Defensively, we played pretty well,” he said. “We rebounded really well, especially considering how much bigger they were. It was a good start.”
Daisy Padilla added seven points for the Lady Tigers, who led 17-13 at halftime but extended the margin to 33-24 by the end of the third quarter.
In each of the close losses last season, Farrar said, Green Forest held a lead in the last few minutes. Holding onto those late leads is a priority for this year’s team.
“We’ve just got to find a way to finish out close games,” he said. “We’ve got more experience now, and I think we’re more athletic. I’m excited.”
Green Forest played Pea Ridge in the tournament semifinals Thursday night.