Injuries have Tigers starting season without 2 key players

Friday, November 16, 2018

By Scott Loftis

Green Forest High School graduate Shane Compton will make his debut as the Tigers’ head basketball coach on Tuesday when his team travels to Elkins.

It will be a while, though, before Compton has a full roster to work with.

The injury bug has already bitten the Tigers. Senior forward Billy Jack Butler is recovering from a fractured ankle and sophomore guard Reiley Gordon, the Tigers’ starting quarterback in football, has a knee injury that may keep him out of action for a while.

Green Forest has won four games each of the past three seasons, and Compton’s goal is to improve on that. He said this year’s team is very similar to last year’s, although the Tigers’ four seniors have another year of experience under their belts.

Green’s Forest seniors are Butler, guards Rhett Powell and Hayden Bailey and forward Carter Boggs.

“That’s probably our biggest asset,” Compton said of the experienced group of seniors.

The Tigers have the potential for a good offense.

“I think we can shoot the ball a little, and we’re probably a little better in the post than they have been,” Compton said. “Carter Boggs has really stepped up in the offseason and the preseason.”

Aside from the injuries, size is a concern, Compton said.

“Our biggest guy is 6-2,” he said.

After opening the season on the road at Elkins, the Tigers will host Deer on Friday.

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