Lady Tigers falter at free-throw line
By Scott Loftis
Turnovers and missed free throws can be tough for a basketball team to overcome, and that was the case for the Green Forest Lady Tigers on Tuesday.
Marshall took advantage of Green Forest turnovers in the first half and missed free throws down the stretch to beat the Lady Tigers 67-49 at the Grim Gym.
Green Forest coach Kyle Farrar said the game was tight until the Lady Tigers missed five of six free throws late.
“It was a one-possession game until then,” he said. “There was never any real separation.”
Marshall (9-9, 4-4 3A-1) led 20-16 at halftime, but Farrar said that might have been different had Green Forest (6-14, 0-7) taken better care of the ball.
“If we hadn’t turned the ball over so much in the first half, we would have been in a better position,” he said.
Marshall pushed its lead to six points by the end of the third quarter, then outscored Green Forest 20-19 in the final quarter.
Farrar said the Lady Tigers had a solid game on the defensive end.
“We executed defensively about as well as we could ask for,” he said. “They just managed to make a few more shots than we did.”
Green Forest senior guard Ashley Farrar put together a highlight-reel game, scoring 28 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Farrar, who signed with Henderson State in December, is averaging 23 points and 9.1 rebounds a game.
The Lady Tigers have been competitive in almost every game this season but have struggled in critical moments. Although Green Forest is 0-7 in conference play, Kyle Farrar said his team is capable of winning.
“We can beat anybody in the conference on a given night,” he said.
One thing you won’t see, Farrar said, is the Lady Tigers’ morale going bad.
“They’re still working at it,” he said. “They know we’re right there. You just put your head down and keep going.”
Marshall 67, Green Forest 49
Marshall battled back from a four-point halftime deficit to beat the Tigers despite a 23-point, 13-rebound effort from Green Forest senior guard Rhett Powell.
Marshall (6-11, 4-4 3A-1) outscored Green Forest 43-21 in the second half.
Senior guard Hayden Bailey added nine points for Green Forest (1-14, 1-6). Senior Carter Boggs and sophomore Daniel McDonald each had eight rebounds for the Tigers.