Pocahontas pulls away from Lady Tigers
By Scott Loftis
As Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said, there wasn’t one thing that cost the Lady Tigers a chance to win against Pocahontas on Thursday morning in the opening game of the Holiday Hoops Tournament at Bobcat Arena in Berryville.
Instead, Pocahontas used a combination of offensive rebounding, Green Forest turnovers and almost perfect free-throw shooting to beat the Lady Tigers 58-33.
The Lady Redskins attacked the offensive boards and scored multiple second-chance baskets throughout the game.
“We definitely didn’t show up,” Farrar said. “We weren’t ready to play, We didn’t want to rebound.”
Still, the game was close for much of the first half. Green Forest trailed just 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, but pulled within 15-13 when sophomore Maddie Youngblood scored on an inbounds play early in the second quarter.
Pocahontas answered with an 8-2 run to widen its lead to 23-15 before a three-pointer by Green Forest senior Daisy Padilla pulled the Lady Tigers back within five. Pocahontas scored the final seven points of the half, however, and led 30-18 at halftime. The Lady Redskins then started the third quarter with a 10-2 run that gave them a 20-point cushion.
Green Forest rallied briefly over the final 3:44 of the third quarter, outscoring Pocahontas 9-2 over that stretch. After Youngblood made two free throws to start the fourth-quarter scoring, the Lady Tigers were within 11, at 42-31 with 7:50 left in the game.
From there, however, Pocahontas outscored Green Forest 16-2 the rest of the way. The Lady Tigers were plagued by turnovers on the offensive end, often after just one or two passes.
“When you struggle to score the way we do, you just can’t turn the ball over every time you touch it, and that’s what it turned into there for a while in the second half,” Farrar said.
A difficult day for the Lady Tigers wasn’t helped by the fact that Pocahontas converted 22 of 24 free throws. The Lady Redskins actually made 23, but one was wiped out by a lane violation. The only other miss came on their final attempt of the game.
“I had been told ahead of time, they make their free throws,” Farrar said.
Senior guard Ashley Farrar led Green Forest (5-10) with 13 points, while Padilla added nine. Four players had at least eight points for Pocahontas (8-5), led by 17 from senior guard Rylie Mangold.
Green Forest was scheduled to play Huntsville on Friday morning. Pocahontas advanced to face Mountain View in the semifinals Friday afternoon.