Lady Tigers' rally falls short at finish
By Scott Loftis
The Green Forest Lady Tigers fought and clawed their way to a lead in the final minute of Friday’s game against visiting Rose Bud.
Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, untimely fouls and turnovers wouldn’t allow them to keep it.
Sparked by a three-point play after a blocking call against Green Forest, Rose Bud held on for a 52-49 victory at the Grim Gym.
“It was a really good ballgame, right until the end,” Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said.
After trailing by as much as 12 points in the first half, Green Forest whittled away at the lead. Senior guard Ashley Farrar made several big shots in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers pulled within seven at halftime.
Farrar finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds despite being double-teamed for most of the second half.
“They did what most teams do against us and put two girls on her,” Kyle Farrar said. “It got kind of silly. She’d be over in the corner away from the ball and they’d have two girls on her. The other girls stepped up and made some shots.”
Senior guard Daisy Padilla scored 11 points and had five steals, and the Lady Tigers cut the deficit to five points, 39-34 by the end of the third quarter.
Green Forest kept chipping away and eventually took its first lead with about 50 seconds left. Senior post Kassidy Bell made the first of two free throws to pull the Lady Tigers within one. Bell missed the second free throw, but Farrar scored off the offensive rebound to put Green Forest up by one.
On Rose Bud’s next possession, Padilla was called for a blocking foul on a basket by the Lady Ramblers. The basket counted and Rose Bud added a free throw for a two-point lead.
“They ran the same play they had run all night long,” Kyle Farrar said. “It was clearly going to be a charging foul, but Daisy started falling backward just a little too early. It was a tough call.”
Green Forest turned the ball over on its next two possessions, and the Lady Ramblers added a free throw for a three-point lead. A long shot by the Lady Tigers bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
“We definitely had our chances,” Farrar said. “We missed 10 free throws at home. But overall I thought everyone played really well.”
Green Forest (5-8, 0-4 3A-1 East) will travel to Mountain View on Wednesday for a conference game.